Daniel I. Barness
Los Angeles

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Daniel is the principal commercial law and bankruptcy partner of the firm. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, receiving his B.A. in psychology in 1977. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1982. After graduation from law school, Daniel practiced with Daniel R. Cowans, a nationally-known bankruptcy judge, scholar and author of Cowans Bankruptcy Law and Practice (West Publishing Co., 1989).

Since 1982, his practice has focused on all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including reorganizations and liquidations. In addition to representing debtors and creditors in reorganization and liquidation proceedings, Daniel has also represented a variety of interests in the reorganization and liquidation processes. He has had principal responsibility in national-profile cases. He was appointed class counsel in People’s Choice Home Loans; Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Inc.; and in Interstate Bakeries Corporation, among others. He has served as defense counsel in numerous adversary proceedings in cases such as Stroud’s; Botanicals, International, Inc.; Showscan Entertainment, Inc.; The Flemming Companies; Factory 2U Stores, Inc.; and House2Home, Inc. Daniel has also had extensive business transaction and litigation experience in state and federal courts, which have included litigation of fraud and defalcation claims; tax disputes; and contract matters.

Since his appointment in 1995, Daniel has served as a panel member of the Mediation Program of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. He was also an official mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

He has served as a panelist, speaking, and presenting materials, on bankruptcy-related topics at the annual Conference of California Employment Lawyers Association.

He is proficient in three foreign languages: Spanish, French and Hebrew, and is a performing jazz musician, playing saxophones, clarinet and flute.

Practice Areas
Bankruptcy Law; Chapter 7; Chapter 11; Chapter 13; Creditors Rights Law; Commercial Law; Business Law; Contracts; Business Formation; Real Estate; State and Federal Court Litigation

Admitted: 1982, California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1985, New York
Law School: University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association
State Bar of California (Member, Business Law Section)
Financial Lawyers Conference
Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
Biography: Author: “How To Become A Notary Public,” Duane-Reed Publication, 1984
Mediator, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
Born: Los Angeles, California, February 9, 1955
Languages: French, Spanish and Hebrew

 

Jordan G. Barness New York City
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Jordan practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate including structuring, negotiating, documenting and closings, commercial leasing; acquisitions; sales; joint ventures; investment funds; 1031 tax-free exchanges; sale and leasebacks; and development projects for international and domestic buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. He also engages in corporate and transactional law including drafting and negotiating several types of agreements for individuals and entities. Jordan serves as an adviser to high net-worth individuals regarding profitable real estate ventures in the U.S. and internationally. He negotiates and drafts documents in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Hebrew, including numerous international joint ventures, technology transfers, licensing, distributorships, financing and related agreements. His real estate experience exceeds $300 million in deals and development projects per year across the United States and Europe. Jordan serves as counsel to various cooperative and condominium boards in New York City. He is co-author of “Export Controls: Extraterritorial Conflict – “The Dilemma of the Host Country Employee”. He is a frequent Guest Lecturer at the New York Real Estate Institute of New York.

Practice Areas
Commercial and residential real estate transactions which include: structuring, negotiating, documenting and closings for buyers, sellers, investors, and developers; commercial leasing; acquisitions; sales; joint ventures; investment funds; 1031 tax-free exchanges; sale and leasebacks; and development projects

Admitted: California Bar, 1984
New York Bar, 1985
Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York
Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
Law School: Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1983
Bachelor of Arts: Political Economies of Industrial Societies, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew
Member: Association of the Bar of the City of New York