Rachel P. Stoian

Rachel P. Stoian

Palo Alto P +1 (650) 843-2708 F +1 (650) 618-8659 New York P +1 (212) 415-9200


Rachel assists clients achieve their goals in the context of financial restructuring, both in and out of court.
Rachel has substantial experience representing parties in all aspects of the bankruptcy and financial restructuring process, including fiduciaries, debtors, and creditors. Rachel strives to combine a keen attention to detail with a strong connection to the practical implications of her work in order to achieve her client’s goals efficiently and effectively. While Rachel always strives to consensually resolve conflicts as they arise, she has extensive litigation experience.

Education & Admissions

St. John's University School of Law (J.D., 2009), Executive Notes and Comments Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review; Dean’s List

St. John's University School of Law (LL.M., Bankruptcy, 2010), Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 2006), Honors Distinction


  • California
  • New York
  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • English


  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, Honorable Hannah L. Blumenstiel, 2018-2020


Representative Experience

  • Counsel to chapter 11 debtor and its affiliates in connection with their $1.45 billion bankruptcy case filed in the Southern District of Texas resulting in a prepackaged bankruptcy approved within 38 days of the filing that implemented a substantial deleveraging of the debtors’ funded debt from $1.45 billion to $855 million.
  • Counsel to secured lender in connection with exercise of remedies, including UCC foreclosure sales, forbearance agreements, and other workouts.
  • Represented secured lender in obtaining relief from the automatic stay and authority to complete foreclosure sales with respect to over $10 million in heavy equipment collateral.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of defendant-client in complex fraudulent transfer adversary proceeding pending in a Chapter 15 bankruptcy.
  • Represented public company and its subsidiary which operated over 50 stores nationwide in navigating liquidity issues and ultimately seeking bankruptcy protection.
  • Represented commercial landlord with respect to a number of properties in a Chapter 11 case and successfully obtained compensation for use and occupancy of premises notwithstanding substantial efforts by debtor to avoid payment.
  • Represented assignee for the benefit of creditors of artificial intelligence assisted employment platform through sale of substantially all of the company’s assets and its orderly wind-down and dissolution.
  • Represented buyer of substantial inventory of assets and operations from assignee for benefit of creditors and client’s immediate sale of such assets to a third party for a substantial profit.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Same Sex Couples May Be Able to File Joint Bankruptcy Petitions, co-authored with David A. Blansky, The Nassau Lawyer (Nov. 2011)
  • Recent Amendments to New York’s Exemption Laws, co-authored with Joseph S. Maniscalco, The Nassau Lawyer (Apr. 2011)
  • LL.M. Thesis, Why Successor Liability Claims Are Not “Interests in Property” Under Section 363(f), 18 Am. Bankr. L. Rev. 697 (Winter 2010)

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bankruptcy Institute member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco

Community Involvement

  • Participate in annual adopt-a-family holiday giving program.
Rachel P. Stoian