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Full title: Declaration That No Party Requested a Hearing on Motion (LBR 9013-1(o)(3)) for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee to Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 and Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief with Proof of Service Filed by Trustee Elissa Miller (TR) (RE: related document(s)156 Motion for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee to Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 and Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief; Memorandum of Points and Authorities;). (Evanston, Timothy) (Entered: 02/22/2021)

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Authorizing the Trustee to delegate the authority for the release of funds in 22 the minors blocked accounts to the banks where the accounts are held and excusing the 23 Trustee from posting a bond for the funds held in such minors blocked accounts, or 24 alternatively, authorizing the Trustee to sign off on the liquidation of the account upon 25 receipt of proper documentation from the beneficiary; and 26 6.Specifically, I have determined that in addition to deposit and operating24 accounts, the Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 25 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar26 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients27 ii.In addition to deposit and operating accounts, the Trustee has determined that the 5 Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 6 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar 7 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients8 ii.Authorizing the Trustee to delegate the authority for the release of funds in22 the minors blocked accounts to the banks where the accounts are held and excusing the 23 Trustee from posting a bond for the funds held in such minors blocked accounts, or 24 alternatively, authorizing the Trustee to sign off on the liquidation of the account upon 25 receipt of proper documentation from the beneficiary; and 26 6.Specifically, I have determined that in addition to deposit and operating24 accounts, the Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 25 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar26 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients27 ii.

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Nos., State Bar No. & Email Address SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 lekvall@swelawfirm.com Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 tevanston@swelawfirm.com 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: 714 445-1000 Facsimile: 714 445-1002 Movant(s) appearing without an attorney Attorney for Movant(s) UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES DIVISION In re: CASE NO.: 2:20-bk-21022-BR GIRARDI KEESE, CHAPTER:7 DECLARATION THAT NO PARTY REQUESTED A HEARING ON MOTION LBR 9013-1(o)(3) [No Hearing Required] Debtor(s). 1. I am the Movant(s)or attorney for Movant(s)or employed by attorney for Movant(s). 2. On(date): 02/02/2021 Movant(s)filed a motion or application (Motion) entitled: MotionforOrderAuthorizingChapter7TrusteetoOperatetheBusinessoftheDebtoronaLimitedBasisPursuantto11U.S.C.§721and(cid:48)(cid:68)(cid:76)(cid:81)(cid:87)(cid:68)(cid:76)(cid:81)(cid:3)(cid:38)(cid:88)(cid:85)(cid:85)(cid:72)(cid:81)(cid:87)(cid:3)(cid:54)(cid:87)(cid:68)(cid:87)(cid:88)(cid:86)(cid:3)(cid:82)(cid:73)(cid:3)(cid:38)(cid:72)(cid:85)(cid:87)(cid:68)(cid:76)(cid:81)(cid:3)(cid:55)(cid:85)(cid:88)(cid:86)(cid:87)(cid:3)(cid:36)(cid:70)(cid:70)(cid:82)(cid:88)(cid:81)(cid:87)(cid:86)(cid:3)(cid:68)(cid:81)(cid:71)(cid:3)(cid:73)(cid:82)(cid:85)(cid:3)(cid:50)(cid:87)(cid:75)(cid:72)(cid:85)(cid:3)(cid:53)(cid:72)(cid:79)(cid:76)(cid:72)(cid:73)3. A copy of the Motion and notice of motion is attached to this declaration. 4. On(date): 0 2 /0 2 / 2 0 2 1 Movant(s), served a copy of the notice of motion or the Motion and notice of motioon required parties using the method(s) identified on the Proof of Service of the notice of motion. 5. Pursuant to LBR 9013-1(o), the notice of motion provides that the deadline to fileand serve a written response andrequest for a hearing is 14 days after the date of service of the notice of motion, plus 3additional days if served bymail, or pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5(b)(2)(D)or (F). 6. More than20 dayshave passed after Movant(s)served the notice of motion. 7. I checked the docket for this bankruptcy case and/or adversary proceeding, and no response and request for heariwas timely filed. 8. No response and request for hearing was timely served on Movant(s)via Notice of Electronic Filing, or at the streetaddress, email address, or facsimile number specified in the notice of motion.

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ovant(s)requests that the court grant the motion and enter an order without a hearing. declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of theUnited States that the foregoing is true and correct. Date: 02/22 / 2 0 2 1 /_s_/_T_im__o_th_y__W_._E__v_a_n_st_o_n____________________________Signature _T_im__o_th_y__W_._E_v_a_n_s_t_o_n______________________________Printed name

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Motion and Notice

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1 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 2 lekvall@swelawfirm.com Philip E. Strok, State Bar No. 169296 3 pstrok@swelawfirm.com Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 4 tevanston@swelawfirm.com 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 5 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: (714) 445-1000 6 Facsimile: (714) 445-1002 7 Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 Trustee 8 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 LOS ANGELES DIVISION P 11 L 2 In re Case No. 2:20-bk-21022-BR MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 GIRARDI KEESE, Debtor. CMCTLUSAMHITHC.hOEMSAaEACMT.IpCT TPOIBOtOEU.eTU UR§rNDSE NS A7 7RFOBTI N2N OSAF71DE R S ATCUAS IRNOESMSNUR DRD POOST D UFFMFTAEOR EATIPRNSRHEIO N U A ETOTITANUR OTDANTTUH EISTOHNSEB O PTTARCT EORN UORRI DRZR1EA 1IR LNOT EIGEENN F TA; S AUTHORITIES; DECLARATION OF 18 ELISSA D. MILLER IN SUPPORT 19 [No Hearing Required Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)] 20 21 22 / / / 23 / / / 24 / / / 25 / / / 26 / / / 27 / / / 28 / / /

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1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 2 3 I. INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 2  4 II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND ..................................................................................... 4  5 A. The Debtor's Involuntary Bankruptcy Case .................................................. 4  6 B. The Debtor's Cases ...................................................................................... 4  7 C. The Bank Accounts ...................................................................................... 5  8 III. LIMITED OPERATING RELIEF REQUESTED ....................................................... 5  9 IV. MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES ............................................... 8 10 V. CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 9 P 11 L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES 2 Page 3 CASES  4 In re Nakhuda, 2015 WL 873566 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015) .................................................... 8 5 6 STATUTES  7 11 U.S.C. § 303(g) ............................................................................................................. 4 8 11 U.S.C. § 721 ....................................................................................................... 2, 8, 11 9 10 TREATISES  P 11 L 2 6 Collier on Bankruptcy ¶ 721.01 (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer eds., 16th MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 ed. 2012) ................................................................................................................. 8 S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 TO THE HONORABLE BARRY RUSSELL, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE: 2 Elissa D. Miller, the chapter 7 trustee (the "Trustee") of the bankruptcy estate of 3 Girardi Keese (the "Estate"), submits this Motion for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee 4 to Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 5 and Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief (the 6 "Motion"). In support of the Motion, the Trustee submits the following memorandum of 7 points and authorities and the attached Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. 8 9 I. INTRODUCTION 10 Girardi Keese (the "Debtor") was once a thriving plaintiff's law firm based in Los P 11 Angeles, California, practicing in the areas of personal injury, defective products, sexual L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 aaDooosprbfe euimbhnrstavaooeostvr,i l oeubatondnenxs tedoai cnw nri yt tesefo rr pxorfetheoms atug,i tunrtibeohsduanetiisntvs liDgy nea eelpdygbsai amrstreoi tnilnprnas.eoi wts rrTbh,t, e hoeTedetdmhh ,ioD nptwmh elotiehbatyh etsmDo mmGree,o bniehrsttadoo tlri wraado wa,eif . nt v,th hdeRaien rneM, g dacwsr te.at a onhGvsrtai niaeavreatevniyore ddscnn i hr .atel asa nmA nwldegta. d esti hn tdUtaaso nfdt f cfc rtohoiaomrausmtuventiminc,sn aeatgehllt ln eeyrocel fyDfe so,rm ieerga bcnetnhtoendoerdt rd ' s S 18 in a significant number of litigation cases which were undertaken on a contingency basis. 19 The Trustee and her counsel have worked tirelessly to investigate, review and 20 analyze the scope and status of the cases, which are at varying litigation stages. The 21 Trustee and her counsel have also interviewed a number of reputable law firms that may 22 be interested in taking over some or all of the cases. This process is ongoing with the 23 ultimate goal being the orderly transition of cases to other counsel while protecting the 24 clients' interests. Among the cases are those that have settled or where settlement is 25 imminent, and those that have been reduced to judgment (collectively, the "Resolved 26 Cases"). There are also cases where clients of the Debtor have terminated or will 27 terminate their relationship with the Debtor and engaged or will engage substitute 28 counsel (collectively, the "Terminated Cases").

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1 By this Motion, the Trustee seeks: 2 1. Authority to operate the business of the Debtor on a limited basis for a 3 period of six months from the date the Trustee accepted her appointment on January 13, 4 2021; 5 a. With respect to the Resolved Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to 6 take all reasonable steps and execute all documents necessary to issue to clients their 7 agreed-upon portion of funds remitted to the Debtor and/or Trustee related to the 8 Resolved Cases. 9 b. As to the Terminated Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to take all 10 reasonable steps and execute all documents necessary to protect the client's interest in P 11 having files transitioned to the client and preserve the Estate's interest in legal fees and L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 cbtshoeloastc ttf skoth ertetdo23h .. awm hcheicnirocoehuriWAn natu;hti csttaehhc na ooErdrerues istn tyapat stett eo Uca timt. s Stt oahe. ienntTh ttrbiaeutali esnantd pekS.pse t r a waotpexhip emBrroaeavr tte ehIlOdye L d1aTe0cAp0c oo Cbsullioniteoctsnrki teea Tsdrer oum cnsiut n trAohrerecsn c ttoaelyucrm cnlootsscu aananttnesddd a c opto vrCnoedivrti iizt1dieo0enn0dss S 18 Business Bank ("CBB"), authorize CBB to release the funds to the minors/beneficiaries 19 without further signature required from the Debtor, via the Trustee, upon presentation of 20 appropriate identification and documentation. Alternatively, to authorize the Trustee to 21 sign off on the liquidation of the account upon receipt of proper documentation. The 22 Estate has no interest whatsoever in the funds in these accounts. 23 These actions will preserve and protect Estate assets and are consistent with an 24 orderly liquidation. Accordingly, the Trustee respectfully requests the Court grant the 25 Motion. 26 27 28

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1 II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND 2 A. The Debtor's Involuntary Bankruptcy Case 3 The Debtor is a plaintiff's law firm based in Los Angeles, California. On December 4 18, 2020, petitioning creditors Jill O'Callahan, as successor in interest to James 5 O'Callahan, Robert M. Keese, John Abassian, Erika Saldana, Virginia Antonio, and 6 Kimberly Archie (collectively, the "Petitioning Creditors") filed an involuntary chapter 7 7 bankruptcy petition against the Debtor.1 A status conference on the involuntary petition 8 was scheduled for February 16, 2021. 9 On December 24, 2020, the Petitioning Creditors filed a Motion for Appointment of 10 Interim Trustee Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 303(g) [Docket No. 12]. The Court entered an P 11 order granting the motion on January 5, 2021 [Docket No. 45]. On January 6, 2021, the L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 TttROoorer udIIlmmsaettrmmee;e dOeea ddwnDniid aaaoJ tstc(aee4 unall)yymu p VAEapearonpnycitptn aae1otttre3iii onnad, gntn 2 a a 0FfOso 2Ce rrt1b dhhC,reea uthr phai anftereopty errtC e r17Roirm6 euT7, rl rit2tCeur 0uefsa 2sntuset1tneeee de Sr;we e t([dair3Dt h t)Cauo iTnnshc h k aFCOeepoot rt DudenNrereft oere7b .reD; te 5on(ni0r2r ceD])t.eo c Ta t [FiyhDnsieglo e o:Uc fA(k n1telhil)t t eSe TNd chE oheSn.e ttC6dary8utlee ]lo.ers kf s OT t oharnfiun s Csd to euer t S 18 January 13, 2021, the Clerk of Court entered an order for relief against the Debtor 19 [Docket No. 69], and the Trustee was appointed and accepted her appointment in the 20 Debtor's case [Docket No. 71]. 21 B. The Debtor's Cases 22 As of the commencement of the involuntary petition, the Debtor was counsel of 23 record in a significant number of cases which were undertaken on a contingency basis. 24 These cases are at varying stages and include the Resolved Cases. The Terminated 25 26 1 The Petitioning Creditors also filed an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy petition 27 against Thomas V. Girardi, which is currently pending as Bankruptcy Case No. 2:20-bk-28 21020-BR.

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1 Cases are those cases where clients have or will terminate their relationship with the 2 Debtor and engage with substitute counsel. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. 3 C. The Bank Accounts 4 In addition to deposit and operating accounts, the Trustee has determined that the 5 Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 6 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar 7 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients 8 ii. Torrey Pines Bank - minors accounts 9 iii. Wells Fargo- blocked minors accounts; and 10 iv. Citibank - a blocked settlement account.2 P 11 See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 IbJIaaI.ns iusa froTAWLyr hI. 1Mi aet3h Ip, TT re2EreuTr0sDisoh2p td1eeeO ceoaRPt fs sE ets oessRi exeotAh ktlm sevTfo eoIaRNrdntuehGt thCs h isonRoa l rsfvEmriteeoyLosdm Irt E oeC tF hoad eRpse eetdEasraQia,lt tetbUeh e Etethlho SeTewT r Tu.bE rsuDutses itene eesse sae cokcfse taphuteet hdDo ehrbeittyro atro po ptnao kaine lt imamleli tnetd o n S 18 reasonable actions and execute all documents necessary to issue to clients their agreed-19 upon portion of funds remitted to the Debtor and/or Trustee related to the Resolved 20 Cases. This authorization would include, without limitation, authority for the Trustee to: 21 (1) Accept and negotiate funds and/or payments made to the Debtor 22 and/or Trustee on behalf of a client(s); 23 (2) Negotiate and pay any liens (e.g. medical liens, attorney's liens, etc.) 24 required to effectuate the release of funds and/or payments;3 25 2 The Trustee is continuing to interview former employees and review the Debtor's 26 books and records to ascertain whether other bank accounts exist. 27 3 The Trustee is not seeking authorization to pay liens against property of the 28 Debtor's Estate, only those liens specific to the Resolved Case at issue such as medical

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1 (3) Issue to a client(s) the agreed-upon portion of any funds and/or 2 payments made to the Debtor and/or Trustee on behalf of a client(s) consistent with 3 applicable agreements; 4 (4) Take any other reasonable actions and execute all documents 5 necessary to effectuate the issuance of funds and/or payments to the Debtor's client(s); 6 and 7 (5) Hold in the Estate the funds remaining after payment to the client(s) 8 which would include the Debtor's fees and costs consistent with applicable agreements. 9 B. The Terminated Cases 10 As to the Terminated Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to take all reasonable P 11 actions and execute all documents necessary to protect the client's interest in having files L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 twfaorpahrp nitcrshhoiet pit o hrTineareu teEds t spettorea((o 21 ttetoh))o fe:i s o c fel iEUeennxpntigetotl acenaugd nrte.dee m q Tpauehrneeniyssst ;teda , routvrcteahu nomthsriefezen arEt tsfisoi lternaes tawe ts'ooso u tinnlhdate ebi nrclyecli slenutne ditnce(se ,l )esw,sg oiaatrhrl yonf euetoetw sle i mcafofnietuadcntt uicsooeanslt ,etu sa pa uto otnh ority S 18 substitution of attorney; 19 (3) Employ file clerks or IT personnel, as independent contractors, to 20 facilitate the transfer of client files to the client(s) or successor counsel;4 21 (4) Obtain appropriate insurance, including liability insurance; 22 (5) Take any other reasonable actions and execute all documents 23 necessary to effectuate the orderly transition of client files; and 24 liens and only after receiving and reviewing proper documentation as to the lien holder 25 and the amount of the lien. 26 4 As there are various lenders who assert secured claims against various assets of the Estate, the Trustee anticipates filing in the near future a motion for authority to use 27 cash collateral to fund these necessary expenses of limited operations and will identify 28 such individuals, their hourly rates and a proposed budget in the cash collateral motion.

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1 (6) Take all reasonable actions to protect and preserve the legal fees 2 and costs to which the Estate is entitled including, without limitation, the filing of notices 3 of lien for legal fees and costs. 4 C. BANK ACCOUNTS 5 The Trustee has been collecting information as to the Debtor's bank accounts. To 6 date, the Trustee has identified that the Debtor maintained accounts at a minimum of five 7 banks. The accounts include: (1) general firm accounts; (2) those labeled as client trust 8 accounts whether or not they truly are such; (3) State Bar of California IOLTA accounts; 9 (4) about 100 minors blocked accounts at Citizens Business Bank; and (5) a blocked 10 settlement account at Citibank.5 See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. P 11 With regard to the general account and those labeled "client trust" accounts, the L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 Trabtbheacaregucnn asokkUtrussedn n e wpittt oesrhios ,de t vht mrhSiedeeot e a ItvdOThtien erLtusgh Tk s aTnAtthtero uoseawsus crtneccee h oqeIfO uuu'bsnnLea dOtTsnsstAkf,s f tit icohaase ecu ta rc ttumhnhoso auiantrtnepi otsteypsru s r,atc o otbchhv cla eeobold claumo kndnweiknetd s otpi hsrauoos cnsa scibdpteoolepo urarrcy onchk ptcaeesornrd,i uad acant onesctndsulcyt bo rtacoojueno ln.rcyl6eltt a s sm ttH,eoe aat ortcianlwneold iemnaz vtfethei erdtenmhr., t e a wbT tclihioouthecnr r k ebenydt S 18 settlement blocked account are held have been notified of the bankruptcy and have 19 placed a hold or freeze on the accounts. 20 With respect to minors blocked accounts, the Debtor has no interest in the funds, 21 although they are under the Debtor’s Tax ID Number. The Debtor's only obligation is to 22 sign a release upon proof that the beneficiary is 18 years old. The Trustee is requesting 23 authority to delegate that function to the bank so that the Estate has no obligation 24 whatsoever with respect to these accounts. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. In fact, 25 the accounts are a liability as the accounts are interest bearing, and the Debtor has to 26 5 As of this date, these are the only such accounts the Trustee has identified. 27 28 6 With the exception of the one trust account for the benefit of four clients at CBB.

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1 report the income, notwithstanding that the income runs with the account to the minor. 2 As the Estate has no property interest in these accounts, the Trustee contends that if the 3 bank takes over the authority, the Estate should not bear the obligation of having to post 4 a bond for the funds in these minors accounts. 5 With respect to the IOLTA accounts, the Trustee seeks an order authorizing the 6 Trustee to designate the Trustee as the sole signatory and directing the banks where the 7 accounts are held to comply with the Trustee's change of signatory requests. The 8 Trustee will ensure that the amount of her bond is not only sufficient to cover the amounts 9 in her account but also the amounts in the IOLTA accounts and all other accounts 10 wherever maintained. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. P 11 D. Additional Operating Relief L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 tnIhVee.c eDsesbMT UathnroEyedrM eiiTnnOrr huc1Resa1Atrs e UNeseso.D S alweU.lCs hMao.en §rsOde e 7F aet2h bkP1ess,O o Da"lI[uNuet]ttbheThte Sood r rciAis towycNu raterDostt imofcAilonaeUu.y Tnn aHosuteOitclh ReoosfIr T riozeIEfec l Soitehr nde fstorhuro sluetelgdea slt hofee oe dpsee aernamdte ic tt ohset s of S 18 business of the debtor for a limited period, if such operation is in the best interest of the 19 estate and consistent with the orderly liquidation of the estate." See also In re Nakhuda, 20 2015 WL 873566 at *2 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015) citing 11 U.S.C. § 721 and 6 Collier on 21 Bankruptcy ¶ 721.01 (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer eds., 16th ed. 2012). 22 Authorizing the Trustee to operate the Debtor's business on a limited basis is in 23 the best interest of the Estate and promotes orderly liquidation. See Declaration of Elissa 24 D. Miller. As to the Resolved Matters, the relief requested will allow the Debtor's clients 25 to receive funds to which they are entitled without significant delay. Disbursement of 26 client funds also allows the Trustee to set aside and preserve legal fees and costs owed 27 to the Debtor. Further, empowering the Trustee to file notices of lien for legal fees and 28 costs in ongoing matters preserves Estate assets. Authorizing the Trustee to transfer

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1 client files and sign substitutions of attorney promotes the orderly transition of the 2 Terminated Cases. In short, allowing the Trustee to operate the Debtor's business on a 3 limited basis will maximize recovery to the Estate, while also encouraging orderly 4 liquidation by preventing any dissipation of Estate assets. Thus, the Trustee requests 5 that the Court grant the Motion. 6 7 V. CONCLUSION 8 For the foregoing reasons, the Trustee respectfully requests that the Court enter 9 an order: 10 1. Granting the Motion; P 11 2. Authorizing the Trustee, for a period of six months from the date the L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 TDsheereutlbtdslet,to emsreu 34eo b..an njcet accbe tll oiptmAAocteuuk ittdettehhh ddehoo earrbciirzczoa iicnasnnoidpggsuip tttnaioohhtsinesen ds ttTIm oeOsr teuerLaenstTi lmttefAe oodae rn ati inhtn coJ choa tobhepnueereuen natMithn sraeoy;, t t t1sithoho3enel,e ; m 2 c s0uiin2gror1ner,asn tt toob b rlooyap cnoekknersa dt thw eaeh ct ehIcOreoeL ub TtnuhAtses i anaacecncscdoso tu uhonneft t stsh, eath ree S 18 settlement blocked accounts, and any other account where the bank requires a court 19 order to change the signatory and directing the banks to comply with the Trustee's 20 change of signatory requests; 21 5. Authorizing the Trustee to delegate the authority for the release of funds in 22 the minors blocked accounts to the banks where the accounts are held and excusing the 23 Trustee from posting a bond for the funds held in such minors blocked accounts, or 24 alternatively, authorizing the Trustee to sign off on the liquidation of the account upon 25 receipt of proper documentation from the beneficiary; and 26 6. For such other relief as the Court deems just and proper. 27 28

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1 DATED: February 2, 2021 Respectfully submitted, 2 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP 3 4 By: /s/ Lei Lei Wang Ekvall 5 LEI LEI WANG EKVALL Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 6 Trustee 7 8 9 10 P 11 L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 DECLARATION OF ELISSA D. MILLER 2 I, Elissa D. Miller, declare as follows: 3 1. I am the duly appointed Chapter 7 Trustee in the bankruptcy case of Girardi 4 Keese. I know each of the following facts to be true of my own personal knowledge, 5 except as otherwise stated and, if called as a witness, I could and would competently 6 testify with respect thereto. I am also a partner at the law firm SulmeyerKupetz. I make 7 this declaration in support of the Motion for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee to 8 Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 and 9 Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief (the "Motion"). 10 Unless otherwise defined in this declaration, all terms defined in the Motion are P 11 incorporated herein by this reference. L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 acdaagstaeein,s sI. t234h Tt...ahhveee D DideACIe ebhtubn tatrotthorvirfeerei,e n trtdbhteilm yeept,he re Detan htset he cebte ohntD oletPleeer e Ddbcrtet teiiiotpntbisorrgt' esnoc i sirlncni eemfagonns artCteemsinsrd eoat aadnntiiroiu netaonme ar cdaseto sravcno caottuoicrmns yogt imhupneenagen tr ncDstsiyc eteaa esbbtgd ataieo nst srh mi'as.se. i n sbi nii agmvnnoukilfm uiacn acotcnaf otrf yiuav nmpete sobt.uia t innTotkon os.f S 18 The accounts include: (1) general firm accounts; (2) those labeled as client trust accounts 19 whether or not they truly are such; (3) State Bar of California IOLTA accounts; (4) about 20 100 minors blocked accounts at Citizen Business Bank; and (5) a blocked settlement 21 account at Citibank. As of this date, these are the only accounts I have been able to 22 identify. 23 5. Specifically, I have determined that in addition to deposit and operating24 accounts, the Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 25 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar26 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients27 ii. Torrey Pines Bank - minors accounts 28 iii. Wells Fargo- blocked minors accounts; and

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1 iv. Citibank - a blocked settlement account. 2 6. I am currently interviewing former employees of the Debtor and am also3 reviewing the Debtor's books and records to determine whether the Debtor had other 4 accounts. 5 7. With respect to the minors blocked accounts at Citizen’s Business Bank, I6 am informed and believe that neither the Debtor nor the Estate has any interest in those 7 accounts. Rather, the Debtor was and the Estate is obligated to: (1) sign off on the 8 delivery of the funds in the account to the beneficiary when the beneficiary turns 18 and 9 (2) account for the income earned on the accounts on its tax returns, notwithstanding that10 the interest income inures to the benefit of the beneficiary. P 11 8. I will ensure that the amount of my bond is sufficient to cover the amount ofL 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 1000 • Fax 714 445Tel 714 445--100 111111234567 fsbloiumelrondtitcdetlekesredlm yi dn9 bel i.aamqnsctu yicbis doTl aoauIrtcnusniok stmsesntee.d y ote afbf oactuhrccstecohino u Eieunnssn tttssthas, te j ueaa dn'Mssgd owam,t stieoeoslnln e ta thti,sss e.I itebnhxe ettlh eiaeenmv tbe ore eousqpnt ueti nirhrateeetdlirdne, gstinh tt ehoI Oefa tLmDhTeeoA buE tnaostct rah'csteo eblud uan sintnsidn ,t ehtphsereso m moinon toaerss S 18 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America 19 that the foregoing is true and correct. 20 Executed on this 1st day of February, 2021, at Los Angeles, California. 21 22 23 Elissa D. Miller 24 25 26 27 28

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PROOF OF SERVICE OF DOCUMENT I am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My business address is 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. A true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): MOTION FOR ORDER AUTHORIZING CHAPTER 7 TRUSTEE TO OPERATE THE BUSINESS OF THE DEBTOR ON A LIMITED BASIS PURSUANT TO 11 U.S.C. § 721 AND MAINTAIN CURRENT STATUS OF CERTAIN TRUST ACCOUNTS AND FOR OTHER RELIEF; MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES; DECLARATION OF ELISSA D. MILLER IN SUPPORT will be served or was served (a) on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated below: 1.TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling GeneralOrders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date)February 2, 2021 I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined thatthe following persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses statedbelow: Service information continued on attached page. 2. SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: On (date) February 2, 2021 , I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in thisbankruptcy case or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the UnitedStates mail, first class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration thatmailing to the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is filed. The Honorable Barry Russell U.S. Bankruptcy Court Roybal Federal Building 255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Service information continued on attached page. 3.SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state methodfor each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) _______ , I served thefollowing persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing tosuch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declarationthat personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document isfiled. Service information continued on attached page. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. February 2, 2021 Gabriela Gomez-Cruz /s/ Gabriela Gomez-Cruz Date PrintedName Signature This form is mandatory. It has been approved for use by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICE INFORMATION (if needed): 1. SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (“NEF”) Richard D Buckley richard.buckley@arentfox.com  Marie E Christiansen mchristiansen@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,marie-christiansen-4166@ecf.pacerpro.com  Jennifer Witherell Crastz jcrastz@hrhlaw.com  Ashleigh A Danker Ashleigh.danker@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@DINSMORE.COM;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Clifford S Davidson csdavidson@swlaw.com, jlanglois@swlaw.com;cliff-davidson-7586@ecf.pacerpro.com  Lei Lei Wang Ekvall lekvall@swelawfirm.com, lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;gcruz@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Richard W Esterkin richard.esterkin@morganlewis.com  Timothy W Evanston tevanston@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Eric D Goldberg eric.goldberg@dlapiper.com, eric-goldberg-1103@ecf.pacerpro.com Andrew Goodman agoodman@andyglaw.com, Goodman.AndrewR102467@notify.bestcase.com Steven T Gubner sgubner@bg.law, ecf@bg.law  Marshall J Hogan mhogan@swlaw.com, knestuk@swlaw.com  Razmig Izakelian razmigizakelian@quinnemanuel.com  Lewis R Landau Lew@Landaunet.com  Daniel A Lev dlev@sulmeyerlaw.com, ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com;dlev@ecf.inforuptcy.com Peter J Mastan peter.mastan@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@dinsmore.com;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Edith R Matthai ematthai@romalaw.com  Kenneth Miller kmiller@pmcos.com, efilings@pmcos.com  Elissa Miller (TR) CA71@ecfcbis.com, MillerTrustee@Sulmeyerlaw.com;C124@ecfcbis.com;ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com Eric A Mitnick MitnickLaw@aol.com, mitnicklaw@gmail.com Scott H Olson solson@vedderprice.com, scott-olson- 2161@ecf.pacerpro.com,ecfsfdocket@vedderprice.com,nortega@vedderprice.com Leonard Pena lpena@penalaw.com, penasomaecf@gmail.com;penalr72746@notify.bestcase.com Michael J Quinn mquinn@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,michael-quinn-2870@ecf.pacerpro.com  Ronald N Richards ron@ronaldrichards.com, morani@ronaldrichards.com,justin@ronaldrichards.com  Philip E Strok pstrok@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;1garrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com United States Trustee (LA) ustpregion16.la.ecf@usdoj.gov Eric D Winston ericwinston@quinnemanuel.com  Christopher K.S. Wong christopher.wong@arentfox.com, yvonne.li@arentfox.com Timothy J Yoo tjy@lnbyb.com This form is mandatory. It has been approved for use by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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Attorney or Party Name, Address, Telephone & FAX FOR COURT USE ONLYNos., State Bar No. & Email Address SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 lekvall@swelawfirm.com Philip E. Strok, State Bar No. 169296 pstrok@swelawfirm.com Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 tevanston@swelawfirm.com 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: (714) 445-1000 Facsimile: (714) 445-1002 Debtor(s) appearing without an attorney Attorney for:ElissaD.Miller,Chapter7Trustee UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES DIVISIDOINVISIONIn re: CASE NO.:2:20-bk-21022-BR GIRARDI KEESE CHAPTER: 7 NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A HEARING ON MOTION [LBR 9013-1(o)] [No hearing unless requested in writing] Debtor(s). TO THE U.S. TRUSTEE AND ALL PARTIES ENTITLED TO NOTICE,PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT: 1. Movant(s)_E_li_s_s_a_ D_._ M__il_le_r_, _C_h_a_p_t_e_r _7_ T_r_u_s_te_e_ ________________________________________________________,filed a motionor application (Motion)entitled_M_o_t_io_n_ _fo_r_ O__rd_e_r_ A__u_th_o_r_iz_in_g_ _C_h_a_p_t_e_r _7_ T_r_u_s_te_e_ _to_ _O_p_e_r_a_te_ _B_u_s_in_e_s_s_ _o_f_th_e_ _D_e_b_t_o_r _o_n_ a_ _L_im__ite_d_ _B_a_s_is_ _P_u_r_s_u_a_n_t _to_ _1_1_ U_._S_._C_. _§_ 7_2_1_ _a_n_d_ M__a_in_t_a_in_ _C_u_r_re_n_t_ S_t_a_tu_s_ _o_f _C_e_r_ta_in_ _T_r_u_s_t _A_c_c_o_u_n_ts_ __. (cid:68)(cid:81)(cid:71)(cid:3)(cid:73)(cid:82)(cid:85)(cid:3)(cid:50)(cid:87)(cid:75)(cid:72)(cid:85)(cid:3)(cid:53)(cid:72)(cid:79)(cid:76)(cid:72)(cid:73)2. Movant(s)is requesting that the court grant the Motion without a hearingas provided for in LBR 9013-1(o), unless aparty in interest timely files and serves awrittenopposition to the Motion and requests a hearing. 3. TheMotion is based upon the legal and factual grounds set forth in the Motion. (Check appropriate box below): The full Motion is attached to this notice; or The full Motion was filed with the courtas docket entry # _____, and a detailed description of the relief sought isattached to this notice. 4. DEADLINE FOR FILING AND SERVING OPPOSITION PAPERS AND REQUEST FOR A HEARING: Pursuant toLBR 9013-1(o), any party who opposes theMotion may request a hearing on the Motion. The deadline to file andservea written opposition and request for a hearing is 14 days after the date of service of this notice, plus 3 additional days ifyou were served by mailor pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5(b)(2)(D) or (F).

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a. If you timely file and serve a written opposition and request for a hearing, movant will file and serve a notice ofhearing at least 14 days in advance of the hearing. [LBR 9013-1(o)(4)]b. If you fail to comply with this deadline: (1) Movant will file a declaration toindicate:(1) the Motion was properly served, (2) the response periodelapsed,and(3) no party filedand serveda written opposition and request for a hearingwithin 14 days after the dateof service of the notice[LBR 9013-1(o)(3)]; (2) Movant will lodge an order that the court may use to grant the Motion; and(3) The court may treat your failure as a waiver of your right to oppose the Motion and may grant the Motionwithoutfurther hearing and notice. [LBR 9013-1(h)] Respectfully submitted, Date: 02/02/2021 / s / L e i L e i W a n g E k v a l l . Signature of Movant or attorney for Movant L e i L e i W a n g E k v a l l . Printedname of Movant or attorney for Movant

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Case 2:20-bk-21022-BR Doc 157 Filed 02/02/21 Entered 02/02/21 16:41:47 DescMain Document Page 3 of 20 MOTION

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1 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 2 lekvall@swelawfirm.com Philip E. Strok, State Bar No. 169296 3 pstrok@swelawfirm.com Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 4 tevanston@swelawfirm.com 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 5 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: (714) 445-1000 6 Facsimile: (714) 445-1002 7 Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 Trustee 8 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT 9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 LOS ANGELES DIVISION P 11 L 2 In re Case No. 2:20-bk-21022-BR MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 G IRARDI KEESE, Debtor. C MCTLUSAMHITHC.hOEMSAaEACMT.IpCT TPOIBOtOEU.eTU UR§rNDSE NS A7 7RFOBTI N2N OSAF71DE R S ATCUAS IRNOESMSNUR DRD POOST D UFFMFTAEOR EATIPRNSRHEIO N U A ETOTITANUR OTDANTTUH EISTOHNSEB O PTTARCT EORN UORRI DRZR1EA 1IR LNOT EIGEENN F TA; S AUTHORITIES; DECLARATION OF 18 ELISSA D. MILLER IN SUPPORT 19 [No Hearing Required Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)] 20 21 22 / / / 23 / / / 24 / / / 25 / / / 26 / / / 27 / / / 28 / / /

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1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Page 2 3 I.  INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................... 2  4 II.  FACTUAL BACKGROUND ..................................................................................... 4  5 A.  The Debtor's Involuntary Bankruptcy Case .................................................. 4  6 B.  The Debtor's Cases ...................................................................................... 4  7 C.  The Bank Accounts ...................................................................................... 5  8 III.  LIMITED OPERATING RELIEF REQUESTED ....................................................... 5  9 IV.  MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES ............................................... 8 10 V.  CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 9  P 11 L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 TABLE OF AUTHORITIES 2 Page 3 CASES  4 In re Nakhuda, 2015 WL 873566 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015) .................................................... 8 5 6 STATUTES  7 11 U.S.C. § 303(g) ............................................................................................................. 4 8 11 U.S.C. § 721 ....................................................................................................... 2, 8, 11 9 10 TREATISES  P 11 L 2 6 Collier on Bankruptcy ¶ 721.01 (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer eds., 16th MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 ed. 2012) ................................................................................................................. 8 S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 TO THE HONORABLE BARRY RUSSELL, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE: 2 Elissa D. Miller, the chapter 7 trustee (the "Trustee") of the bankruptcy estate of 3 Girardi Keese (the "Estate"), submits this Motion for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee 4 to Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 5 and Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief (the 6 "Motion"). In support of the Motion, the Trustee submits the following memorandum of 7 points and authorities and the attached Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. 8 9 I. INTRODUCTION 10 Girardi Keese (the "Debtor") was once a thriving plaintiff's law firm based in Los P 11 Angeles, California, practicing in the areas of personal injury, defective products, sexual L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 aaDooosprbfe euimbhnrstavaooeostvr,i l oeubatondnenxs tedoai cnw nri yt tesefo rr pxorfetheoms atug,i tunrtibeohsduanetiisntvs liDgy nea eelpdygbsai amrstreoi tnilnprnas.eoi wts rrTbh,t, e hoeTedetdmhh ,ioD nptwmh elotiehbatyh etsmDo mmGree,o bniehrsttadoo tlri wraado wa,eif . nt v,th hdeRaien rneM, g dacwsr te.at a onhGvsrtai niaeavreatevniyore ddscnn i hr .atel asa nmA nwldegta. d esti hn tdUtaaso nfdt f cfc rtohoiaomrausmtuventiminc,sn aeatgehllt ln eeyrocel fyDfe so,rm ieerga bcnetnhtoendoerdt rd ' s S 18 in a significant number of litigation cases which were undertaken on a contingency basis. 19 The Trustee and her counsel have worked tirelessly to investigate, review and 20 analyze the scope and status of the cases, which are at varying litigation stages. The 21 Trustee and her counsel have also interviewed a number of reputable law firms that may 22 be interested in taking over some or all of the cases. This process is ongoing with the 23 ultimate goal being the orderly transition of cases to other counsel while protecting the 24 clients' interests. Among the cases are those that have settled or where settlement is 25 imminent, and those that have been reduced to judgment (collectively, the "Resolved 26 Cases"). There are also cases where clients of the Debtor have terminated or will 27 terminate their relationship with the Debtor and engaged or will engage substitute 28 counsel (collectively, the "Terminated Cases").

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1 By this Motion, the Trustee seeks: 2 1. Authority to operate the business of the Debtor on a limited basis for a 3 period of six months from the date the Trustee accepted her appointment on January 13, 4 2021; 5 a. With respect to the Resolved Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to 6 take all reasonable steps and execute all documents necessary to issue to clients their 7 agreed-upon portion of funds remitted to the Debtor and/or Trustee related to the 8 Resolved Cases. 9 b. As to the Terminated Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to take all 10 reasonable steps and execute all documents necessary to protect the client's interest in P 11 having files transitioned to the client and preserve the Estate's interest in legal fees and L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 cbtshoeloastc ttf skoth ertetdo23h .. awm hcheicnirocoehuriWAn natu;hti csttaehhc na ooErdrerues istn tyapat stett eo Uca timt. s Stt oahe. ienntTh ttrbiaeutali esnantd pekS.pse t r a waotpexhip emBrroaeavr tte ehIlOdye L d1aTe0cAp0c oo Cbsullioniteoctsnrki teea Tsdrer oum cnsiut n trAohrerecsn c ttoaelyucrm cnlootsscu aananttnesddd a c opto vrCnoedivrti iizt1dieo0enn0dss S 18 Business Bank ("CBB"), authorize CBB to release the funds to the minors/beneficiaries 19 without further signature required from the Debtor, via the Trustee, upon presentation of 20 appropriate identification and documentation. Alternatively, to authorize the Trustee to 21 sign off on the liquidation of the account upon receipt of proper documentation. The 22 Estate has no interest whatsoever in the funds in these accounts. 23 These actions will preserve and protect Estate assets and are consistent with an 24 orderly liquidation. Accordingly, the Trustee respectfully requests the Court grant the 25 Motion. 26 27 28

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1 II. FACTUAL BACKGROUND 2 A. The Debtor's Involuntary Bankruptcy Case 3 The Debtor is a plaintiff's law firm based in Los Angeles, California. On December 4 18, 2020, petitioning creditors Jill O'Callahan, as successor in interest to James 5 O'Callahan, Robert M. Keese, John Abassian, Erika Saldana, Virginia Antonio, and 6 Kimberly Archie (collectively, the "Petitioning Creditors") filed an involuntary chapter 7 7 bankruptcy petition against the Debtor.1 A status conference on the involuntary petition 8 was scheduled for February 16, 2021. 9 On December 24, 2020, the Petitioning Creditors filed a Motion for Appointment of 10 Interim Trustee Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 303(g) [Docket No. 12]. The Court entered an P 11 order granting the motion on January 5, 2021 [Docket No. 45]. On January 6, 2021, the L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 TttROoorer udIIlmmsaettrmmee;e dOeea ddwnDniid aaaoJ tstc(aee4 unall)yymu p VAEapearonpnycitptn aae1otttre3iii onnad, gntn 2 a a 0FfOso 2Ce rrt1b dhhC,reea uthr phai anftereopty errtC e r17Roirm6 euT7, rl rit2tCeur 0uefsa 2sntuset1tneeee de Sr;we e t([dair3Dt h t)Cauo iTnnshc h k aFCOeepoot rt DudenNrereft oere7b .reD; te 5on(ni0r2r ceD])t.eo c Ta t [FiyhDnsieglo e o:Uc fA(k n1telhil)t t eSe TNd chE oheSn.e ttC6dary8utlee ]lo.ers kf s OT t oharnfiun s Csd to euer t S 18 January 13, 2021, the Clerk of Court entered an order for relief against the Debtor 19 [Docket No. 69], and the Trustee was appointed and accepted her appointment in the 20 Debtor's case [Docket No. 71]. 21 B. The Debtor's Cases 22 As of the commencement of the involuntary petition, the Debtor was counsel of 23 record in a significant number of cases which were undertaken on a contingency basis. 24 These cases are at varying stages and include the Resolved Cases. The Terminated 25 26 1 The Petitioning Creditors also filed an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy petition 27 against Thomas V. Girardi, which is currently pending as Bankruptcy Case No. 2:20-bk-28 21020-BR.

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1 Cases are those cases where clients have or will terminate their relationship with the 2 Debtor and engage with substitute counsel. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. 3 C. The Bank Accounts 4 In addition to deposit and operating accounts, the Trustee has determined that the 5 Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 6 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar 7 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients8 ii. Torrey Pines Bank - minors accounts 9 iii. Wells Fargo- blocked minors accounts; and 10 iv. Citibank - a blocked settlement account.2 P 11 See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 IbJIaaI.nsiusa froTAWLyr hI. 1Miaet3h Ip, TT re2EreuTr0sDisoh2p td1eeeO ceoaRPt fs sE ets oessRi exeotAh ktlm sevTfo eoIaRNrdntuehGt thCs h isonRoa l rsfvEmriteeoyLosdm IrtE oeC tF hoad eRpse eetdEasraQia,lt tetbUeh e Etethlho SeTewT r Tu.bE rsuDutsesitene eesse sae cokcfse taphuteet hdDo ehrbeittyro atro po ptnao kaine lt imamlelitnetd on S 18 reasonable actions and execute all documents necessary to issue to clients their agreed-19 upon portion of funds remitted to the Debtor and/or Trustee related to the Resolved 20 Cases. This authorization would include, without limitation, authority for the Trustee to: 21 (1) Accept and negotiate funds and/or payments made to the Debtor22 and/or Trustee on behalf of a client(s); 23 (2) Negotiate and pay any liens (e.g. medical liens, attorney's liens, etc.)24 required to effectuate the release of funds and/or payments;3 25 2 The Trustee is continuing to interview former employees and review the Debtor's 26 books and records to ascertain whether other bank accounts exist. 27 3 The Trustee is not seeking authorization to pay liens against property of the 28 Debtor's Estate, only those liens specific to the Resolved Case at issue such as medical

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1 (3) Issue to a client(s) the agreed-upon portion of any funds and/or 2 payments made to the Debtor and/or Trustee on behalf of a client(s) consistent with 3 applicable agreements; 4 (4) Take any other reasonable actions and execute all documents 5 necessary to effectuate the issuance of funds and/or payments to the Debtor's client(s); 6 and 7 (5) Hold in the Estate the funds remaining after payment to the client(s) 8 which would include the Debtor's fees and costs consistent with applicable agreements. 9 B. The Terminated Cases 10 As to the Terminated Cases, the Trustee seeks authority to take all reasonable P 11 actions and execute all documents necessary to protect the client's interest in having files L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 twfaorpahrp nitcrshhoiet pit o hrTineareu teEds t spettorea((o 21 ttetoh))o fe:i s o c fel iEUeennxpntigetotl acenaugd nrte.dee m q Tpauehrneeniyssst ;teda , routvrcteahu nomthsriefezen arEt tsfisoi lternaes tawe ts'ooso u tinnlhdate ebi nrclyecli slenutne ditnce(se ,l )esw,sg oiaatrhrl yonf euetoetw sle i mcafofnietuadcntt uicsooeanslt ,etu sa pa uto otnh ority S 18 substitution of attorney; 19 (3) Employ file clerks or IT personnel, as independent contractors, to 20 facilitate the transfer of client files to the client(s) or successor counsel;4 21 (4) Obtain appropriate insurance, including liability insurance; 22 (5) Take any other reasonable actions and execute all documents 23 necessary to effectuate the orderly transition of client files; and 24 liens and only after receiving and reviewing proper documentation as to the lien holder 25 and the amount of the lien. 26 4 As there are various lenders who assert secured claims against various assets of the Estate, the Trustee anticipates filing in the near future a motion for authority to use 27 cash collateral to fund these necessary expenses of limited operations and will identify 28 such individuals, their hourly rates and a proposed budget in the cash collateral motion.

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1 (6) Take all reasonable actions to protect and preserve the legal fees 2 and costs to which the Estate is entitled including, without limitation, the filing of notices 3 of lien for legal fees and costs. 4 C. BANK ACCOUNTS 5 The Trustee has been collecting information as to the Debtor's bank accounts. To 6 date, the Trustee has identified that the Debtor maintained accounts at a minimum of five 7 banks. The accounts include: (1) general firm accounts; (2) those labeled as client trust 8 accounts whether or not they truly are such; (3) State Bar of California IOLTA accounts; 9 (4) about 100 minors blocked accounts at Citizens Business Bank; and (5) a blocked 10 settlement account at Citibank.5 See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. P 11 With regard to the general account and those labeled "client trust" accounts, the L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 Trabtbheacaregucnn asokkUtrussedn n e wpittt oesrhios ,de t vht mrhSiedeeot e a ItvdOThtien erLtusgh Tk s aTnAtthtero uoseawsus crtneccee h oqeIfO uuu'bsnnLea dOtTsnsstAkf,s f tit icohaase ecu ta rc ttumhnhoso auiantrtnepi otsteypsru s r,atc o otbchhv cla eeobold claumo kndnweiknetd s otpi hsrauoos cnsa scibdpteoolepo urarrcy onchk ptcaeesornrd,i uad acant onesctndsulcyt bo rtacoojueno ln.rcyl6eltt a s sm ttH,eoe aat ortcianlwneold iemnaz vtfethei erdtenmhr., t e a wbT tclihioouthecnr r k ebenydt S 18 settlement blocked account are held have been notified of the bankruptcy and have 19 placed a hold or freeze on the accounts. 20 With respect to minors blocked accounts, the Debtor has no interest in the funds, 21 although they are under the Debtor’s Tax ID Number. The Debtor's only obligation is to 22 sign a release upon proof that the beneficiary is 18 years old. The Trustee is requesting 23 authority to delegate that function to the bank so that the Estate has no obligation 24 whatsoever with respect to these accounts. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. In fact, 25 the accounts are a liability as the accounts are interest bearing, and the Debtor has to 26 5 As of this date, these are the only such accounts the Trustee has identified. 27 28 6 With the exception of the one trust account for the benefit of four clients at CBB.

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1 report the income, notwithstanding that the income runs with the account to the minor. 2 As the Estate has no property interest in these accounts, the Trustee contends that if the 3 bank takes over the authority, the Estate should not bear the obligation of having to post 4 a bond for the funds in these minors accounts. 5 With respect to the IOLTA accounts, the Trustee seeks an order authorizing the 6 Trustee to designate the Trustee as the sole signatory and directing the banks where the 7 accounts are held to comply with the Trustee's change of signatory requests. The 8 Trustee will ensure that the amount of her bond is not only sufficient to cover the amounts 9 in her account but also the amounts in the IOLTA accounts and all other accounts 10 wherever maintained. See Declaration of Elissa D. Miller. P 11 D. Additional Operating Relief L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 tnIhVee.c eDsesbMT UathnroEyedrM eiiTnnOrr huc1Resa1Atrs e UNeseso.D S alweU.lCs hMao.en §rsOde e 7F aet2h bkP1ess,O o Da"lI[uNuet]ttbheThte Sood r rciAis towycNu raterDostt imofcAilonaeUu.y Tnn aHosuteOitclh ReoosfIr T riozeIEfec l Soitehr nde fstorhuro sluetelgdea slt hofee oe dpsee aernamdte ic tt ohset s of S 18 business of the debtor for a limited period, if such operation is in the best interest of the 19 estate and consistent with the orderly liquidation of the estate." See also In re Nakhuda, 20 2015 WL 873566 at *2 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2015) citing 11 U.S.C. § 721 and 6 Collier on 21 Bankruptcy ¶ 721.01 (Alan N. Resnick & Henry J. Sommer eds., 16th ed. 2012). 22 Authorizing the Trustee to operate the Debtor's business on a limited basis is in 23 the best interest of the Estate and promotes orderly liquidation. See Declaration of Elissa 24 D. Miller. As to the Resolved Matters, the relief requested will allow the Debtor's clients 25 to receive funds to which they are entitled without significant delay. Disbursement of 26 client funds also allows the Trustee to set aside and preserve legal fees and costs owed 27 to the Debtor. Further, empowering the Trustee to file notices of lien for legal fees and 28 costs in ongoing matters preserves Estate assets. Authorizing the Trustee to transfer

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1 client files and sign substitutions of attorney promotes the orderly transition of the 2 Terminated Cases. In short, allowing the Trustee to operate the Debtor's business on a 3 limited basis will maximize recovery to the Estate, while also encouraging orderly 4 liquidation by preventing any dissipation of Estate assets. Thus, the Trustee requests 5 that the Court grant the Motion. 6 7 V. CONCLUSION 8 For the foregoing reasons, the Trustee respectfully requests that the Court enter9 an order: 10 1. Granting the Motion; P 11 2. Authorizing the Trustee, for a period of six months from the date theL 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 TDsheereutlbtdslet,to emsreu 34eo b..annjcet accbe tll oiptmAAocteuuk ittdettehhh ddehoo earrbciirzczoa iicnasnnoidpggsuip tttnaioohhtsinesen ds ttTIm oeOsr teuerLaenstTi lmttefAe oodae rn ati inhtn coJ choa tobhepnueereuen natMithn sraeoy;, t t t1sithoho3enel,e ; m 2 c s0uiin2gror1ner,asn tt toob b rlooyap cnoekknersa dt thw eaeh ct ehIcOreoeL ub TtnuhAtses i anaacecncscdoso tu uhonneft tstsh, eath ree S 18 settlement blocked accounts, and any other account where the bank requires a court 19 order to change the signatory and directing the banks to comply with the Trustee's 20 change of signatory requests; 21 5. Authorizing the Trustee to delegate the authority for the release of funds in22 the minors blocked accounts to the banks where the accounts are held and excusing the 23 Trustee from posting a bond for the funds held in such minors blocked accounts, or 24 alternatively, authorizing the Trustee to sign off on the liquidation of the account upon 25 receipt of proper documentation from the beneficiary; and 26 6. For such other relief as the Court deems just and proper. 27 28

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1 DATED: February 2, 2021 Respectfully submitted, 2 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP 3 4 By: /s/ Lei Lei Wang Ekvall 5 LEI LEI WANG EKVALL Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 6 Trustee 7 8 9 10 P 11 L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567S 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

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1 DECLARATION OF ELISSA D. MILLER 2 I, Elissa D. Miller, declare as follows: 3 1. I am the duly appointed Chapter 7 Trustee in the bankruptcy case of Girardi 4 Keese. I know each of the following facts to be true of my own personal knowledge, 5 except as otherwise stated and, if called as a witness, I could and would competently 6 testify with respect thereto. I am also a partner at the law firm SulmeyerKupetz. I make 7 this declaration in support of the Motion for Order Authorizing Chapter 7 Trustee to 8 Operate the Business of the Debtor on a Limited Basis Pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 721 and 9 Maintain Current Status of Certain Trust Accounts and for Other Relief (the "Motion"). 10 Unless otherwise defined in this declaration, all terms defined in the Motion are P 11 incorporated herein by this reference. L 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Tel 714 445-1000 • Fax 714 445-100 111111234567 acdaagstaeein,s sI. t234h Tt...ahhveee D DideACIe ebhtubn tatrotthorvirfeerei,e n trtdbhteilm yeept,he re Detan htset he cebte ohntD oletPleeer e Ddbcrtet teiiiotpntbisorrgt' esnoc i sirlncni eemfagonns artCteemsinsrd eoat aadnntiiroiu netaonme ar cdaseto sravcno caottuoicrmns yogt imhupneenagen tr ncDstsiyc eteaa esbbtgd ataieo nst srh mi'as.se. i n sbi nii agmvnnoukilfm uiacn acotcnaf otrf yiuav nmpete sobt.uia t innTotkon os.f S 18 The accounts include: (1) general firm accounts; (2) those labeled as client trust accounts 19 whether or not they truly are such; (3) State Bar of California IOLTA accounts; (4) about 20 100 minors blocked accounts at Citizen Business Bank; and (5) a blocked settlement 21 account at Citibank. As of this date, these are the only accounts I have been able to 22 identify. 23 5. Specifically, I have determined that in addition to deposit and operating24 accounts, the Debtor maintained the following accounts at the following banks: 25 i. Citizens Business Bank - blocked minor accounts, IOLTA (State Bar26 Trust Accounts) and a trust account for the benefit of four clients27 ii. Torrey Pines Bank - minors accounts 28 iii. Wells Fargo- blocked minors accounts; and

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1 iv. Citibank - a blocked settlement account. 2 6. I am currently interviewing former employees of the Debtor and am also3 reviewing the Debtor's books and records to determine whether the Debtor had other 4 accounts. 5 7. With respect to the minors blocked accounts at Citizen’s Business Bank, I6 am informed and believe that neither the Debtor nor the Estate has any interest in those 7 accounts. Rather, the Debtor was and the Estate is obligated to: (1) sign off on the 8 delivery of the funds in the account to the beneficiary when the beneficiary turns 18 and 9 (2) account for the income earned on the accounts on its tax returns, notwithstanding that10 the interest income inures to the benefit of the beneficiary. P 11 8. I will ensure that the amount of my bond is sufficient to cover the amount ofL 2 MILEY WANG-EKVALL, L 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 Costa Mesa, California 92626 1000 • Fax 714 445Tel 714 445--100 111111234567 fsbloiumelrondtitcdetlekesredlm yi dn9 bel i.aamqnsctu yicbis doTl aoauIrtcnusniok stmsesntee.d y ote afbf oactuhrccstecohino u Eieunnssn tttssthas, te j ueaa dn'Mssgd owam,t stieoeoslnln e ta thti,sss e.I itebnhxe ettlh eiaeenmv tbe ore eousqpnt ueti nirhrateeetdlirdne, gstinh tt ehoI Oefa tLmDhTeeoA buE tnaostct rah'csteo eblud uan sintnsidn ,t ehtphsereso m moinon toaerss S 18 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America 19 that the foregoing is true and correct. 20 Executed on this 1st day of February, 2021, at Los Angeles, California. 21 22 23 Elissa D. Miller 24 25 26 27 28

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PROOF OF SERVICE OF DOCUMENT I am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My business address is 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. A true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A HEARING ON MOTION will be served or was served (a) on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated below: 1.TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling GeneralOrders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date)February 2, 2021 I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined thatthe following persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses statedbelow: Service information continued on attached page. 2. SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: On (date) February 2, 2021 , I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in thisbankruptcy case or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the UnitedStates mail, first class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration thatmailing to the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is filed. The Honorable Barry Russell U.S. Bankruptcy Court Roybal Federal Building 255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 Los Angeles, CA 90012 Service information continued on attached page. 3.SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state methodfor each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) February 2, 2021 , I servedthe following persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing tosuch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declarationthat personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document isfiled. VIA E-Mail Service information continued on attached page. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. February 2, 2021 Gabriela Gomez-Cruz /s/ Gabriela Gomez-Cruz Date PrintedName Signature This form is mandatory. It has been approved for use by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICE INFORMATION (if needed): 1. SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (“NEF”) Richard D Buckley richard.buckley@arentfox.com  Marie E Christiansen mchristiansen@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,marie-christiansen-4166@ecf.pacerpro.com  Jennifer Witherell Crastz jcrastz@hrhlaw.com  Ashleigh A Danker Ashleigh.danker@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@DINSMORE.COM;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Clifford S Davidson csdavidson@swlaw.com, jlanglois@swlaw.com;cliff-davidson-7586@ecf.pacerpro.com  Lei Lei Wang Ekvall lekvall@swelawfirm.com, lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;gcruz@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Richard W Esterkin richard.esterkin@morganlewis.com  Timothy W Evanston tevanston@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Eric D Goldberg eric.goldberg@dlapiper.com, eric-goldberg-1103@ecf.pacerpro.com Andrew Goodman agoodman@andyglaw.com, Goodman.AndrewR102467@notify.bestcase.com Steven T Gubner sgubner@bg.law, ecf@bg.law  Marshall J Hogan mhogan@swlaw.com, knestuk@swlaw.com  Razmig Izakelian razmigizakelian@quinnemanuel.com  Lewis R Landau Lew@Landaunet.com  Daniel A Lev dlev@sulmeyerlaw.com, ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com;dlev@ecf.inforuptcy.com Peter J Mastan peter.mastan@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@dinsmore.com;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Edith R Matthai ematthai@romalaw.com  Kenneth Miller kmiller@pmcos.com, efilings@pmcos.com  Elissa Miller (TR) CA71@ecfcbis.com, MillerTrustee@Sulmeyerlaw.com;C124@ecfcbis.com;ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com Eric A Mitnick MitnickLaw@aol.com, mitnicklaw@gmail.com Scott H Olson solson@vedderprice.com, scott-olson- 2161@ecf.pacerpro.com,ecfsfdocket@vedderprice.com,nortega@vedderprice.com Leonard Pena lpena@penalaw.com, penasomaecf@gmail.com;penalr72746@notify.bestcase.com Michael J Quinn mquinn@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,michael-quinn-2870@ecf.pacerpro.com  Ronald N Richards ron@ronaldrichards.com, morani@ronaldrichards.com,justin@ronaldrichards.com  Philip E Strok pstrok@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;1garrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com United States Trustee (LA) ustpregion16.la.ecf@usdoj.gov Eric D Winston ericwinston@quinnemanuel.com  Christopher K.S. Wong christopher.wong@arentfox.com, yvonne.li@arentfox.com Timothy J Yoo tjy@lnbyb.com This form is mandatory. It has been approved for use by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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3. SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL Via E-mail: Andrew W Zepeda Rafey Balabanian Nano Banc James J Finsten Edelson PC 25220 Hancock Ave., Suite 140 Lurie, Zepeda, Schmalz, Hogan & Martin 123 Townsend St Ste 100 Murrieta, CA 92562 1875 Century Park E Ste 2100 San Francisco, CA 94107 epadilla@nanobanc.com Los Angeles, CA 90067 rbalabanian@edelson.com pdonaldson@nanobanc.com azepeda@lurie-zepeda.com jfinsten@lurie-zepeda.com Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP Law Finance Group, LLC LFG Special Investor Group, LLC c/o: Boris Treyzon 591 Redwood Hwy Finance Group Fund II 16001 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 200 Suite 1200 200 South Virginia St., 8th Floor Encino, CA 91436 Mill Valley, CA 94941 Reno, NV 89501 btreyzon@actslaw.com info@lawfinance.com info@lawfinance.com Corporation Service Company, As CT Corporation System, as Representative Representative P.O.Box 2576 CT Lien Solutions Springfield, IL 62708 330 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 700 801 Adlai Stevenson Dr. Glendale, CA 91203 Springfield, IL 62703 UCCSPREP@CSCINFO.com UCCSPREP@CSCINFO.com This form is mandatory. It has been approved for use by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

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PROOF OF SERVICE OF DOCUMENT am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My business address is 3200 ark Center Drive, Suite 250, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): DECLARATION THAT NO PARTY REQUESTED A EARING ON MOTION will be served or was served (a) on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required by LBR 005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated below: .TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling Generalrders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date)ebruary 22, 2021 I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined thate following persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses stated elow: Service information continued on attached pag . SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: n (date) February 22, 2021 , I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in this ankruptcy case or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the United tates mail, first class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration that ailing to the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is filed. he Honorable Barry Russell .S. Bankruptcy Court oybal Federal Building 55 E. Temple Street, Suite 1660 os Angeles, CA 90012 Service information continued on attached pag .SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state methodr each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) ___________ , I served thellowing persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing touch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declarationat personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document isled. Service information continued on attached pag declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. February 22, 2021 Gabriela Gomez-Cruz /s/ Gabriela Gomez-Cruz Date PrintedName Signature

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ADDITIONAL SERVICE INFORMATION (if needed): . SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (“NEF”) Kyra E Andrassy kandrassy@swelawfirm.com, lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;gcruz@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Rafey Balabanian , docket@edelson.com  Michelle Balady mb@bedfordlg.com, leo@bedfordlg.com  Richard D Buckley richard.buckley@arentfox.com  Marie E Christiansen mchristiansen@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,marie-christiansen-4166@ecf.pacerpro.com  Jennifer Witherell Crastz jcrastz@hrhlaw.com  Ashleigh A Danker Ashleigh.danker@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@DINSMORE.COM;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Clifford S Davidson csdavidson@swlaw.com, jlanglois@swlaw.com;cliff-davidson-7586@ecf.pacerpro.com  Lei Lei Wang Ekvall lekvall@swelawfirm.com, lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;gcruz@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Richard W Esterkin richard.esterkin@morganlewis.com  Timothy W Evanston tevanston@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com James J Finsten , jimfinsten@hotmail.com  Alan W Forsley alan.forsley@flpllp.com, awf@fkllawfirm.com,awf@fl-lawyers.net,addy.flores@flpllp.com,laura.rucker@flpllp.com  Eric D Goldberg eric.goldberg@dlapiper.com, eric-goldberg-1103@ecf.pacerpro.com Andrew Goodman agoodman@andyglaw.com, Goodman.AndrewR102467@notify.bestcase.com Suzanne C Grandt suzanne.grandt@calbar.ca.gov, joan.randolph@calbar.ca.gov Steven T Gubner sgubner@bg.law, ecf@bg.law  Marshall J Hogan mhogan@swlaw.com, knestuk@swlaw.com  Razmig Izakelian razmigizakelian@quinnemanuel.com  Lewis R Landau Lew@Landaunet.com  Daniel A Lev dlev@sulmeyerlaw.com, ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com;dlev@ecf.inforuptcy.com Peter J Mastan peter.mastan@dinsmore.com, SDCMLFiles@dinsmore.com;Katrice.ortiz@dinsmore.com  Edith R Matthai ematthai@romalaw.com  Kenneth Miller kmiller@pmcos.com, efilings@pmcos.com  Elissa Miller (TR) CA71@ecfcbis.com, MillerTrustee@Sulmeyerlaw.com;C124@ecfcbis.com;ccaldwell@sulmeyerlaw.com Eric A Mitnick MitnickLaw@aol.com, mitnicklaw@gmail.com Scott H Olson solson@vedderprice.com, scott-olson- 2161@ecf.pacerpro.com,ecfsfdocket@vedderprice.com,nortega@vedderprice.com Leonard Pena lpena@penalaw.com, penasomaecf@gmail.com;penalr72746@notify.bestcase.com Michael J Quinn mquinn@vedderprice.com, ecfladocket@vedderprice.com,michael-quinn-2870@ecf.pacerpro.com  Ronald N Richards ron@ronaldrichards.com, morani@ronaldrichards.com,justin@ronaldrichards.com  Philip E Strok pstrok@swelawfirm.com, gcruz@swelawfirm.com;1garrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com Boris Treyzon jfinnerty@actslaw.com, sgonzales@actslaw.com United States Trustee (LA) ustpregion16.la.ecf@usdoj.gov Eric D Winston ericwinston@quinnemanuel.com  Christopher K.S. Wong christopher.wong@arentfox.com, yvonne.li@arentfox.com Timothy J Yoo tjy@lnbyb.com

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