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Full title: Notice of motion/application Notice of Chapter 7 Trustee's Application to Employ Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, as General Counsel Filed by Trustee Elissa Miller (TR) (RE: related document(s)58 Application to Employ Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP as General Counsel ; Statement of Disinterestedness of Lei Lei Wang Ekvall Filed by Trustee Elissa Miller (TR) (Ekvall, Lei Lei)). (Ekvall, Lei Lei) (Entered: 01/08/2021)
Document posted on Jan 7, 2021 in the bankruptcy, 5 pages and 0 tables.
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Girardi Keese ("Debtor") is a plaintiff's law firm based in Los Angeles, California practicing in the areas of personal injury, defective products, sexual abuse, 25 toxic torts, business law, employment law, and aviation law.Investigate potential assets of the Estate held by third parties and, if 10 warranted and requested to do so by the Trustee, litigate to recover such assets.Represent the Trustee in any proceeding or hearing in the e1 M5- Bankruptcy Court, including, without limitation, objections to claims, and in any a 4 ost4 4 16 action where the rights of the Estate or the Trustee may be litigated or affected; C1 SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: n (date) ____________, I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in this bankruptcy ase or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the United States mail, rst class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) _____________, I served e following persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing tuch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows.
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Document Contents1 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, State Bar No. 163047 2 firstname.lastname@example.org Philip E. Strok, State Bar No. 169296 3 email@example.com Timothy W. Evanston, State Bar No. 319342 4 firstname.lastname@example.org 3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 250 5 Costa Mesa, California 92626 Telephone: 714 445-1000 6 Facsimile: 714 445-1002 7 Proposed Attorneys for Elissa D. Miller, Chapter 7 Trustee 8 9 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT 10 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 LOS ANGELES DIVISION 2 0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 I GnI RreA RDI KEESE, CChaasep tNero 7. 2:20-bk-21022-BR ornia ax 71 a, Calif00 • F 14 NAOPPTLICICEA OTFIO CNH TAOP TEEMRP 7L OTYR USSMTILEEEY'S s0 15 WANG-EKVALL, LLP, AS GENERAL e1 M5- COUNSEL a 4 ost4 4 16 C71 Alleged Debtor. [No Hearing Required Pursuant to el 17 Local Bankruptcy Rules 2014-1(b)(1) T and 9013-1(o)] 18 19 TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST: 20 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Elissa D. Miller, the chapter 7 trustee (the "Trustee"of the bankruptcy estate of Girardi Keese (the "Estate"), has filed an application for an 21 order authorizing the employment of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP (the "Firm"), as its generabankruptcy counsel pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §§ 327 and 330 (the "Application"). The 22 Trustee is requesting that the Court grant the Application without a hearing as provided for in LBR 9013-1(o), unless a party in interest files and serves a written opposition to th23 Application and requests a hearing. The Application is summarized as follows: 24 1. Girardi Keese ("Debtor") is a plaintiff's law firm based in Los Angeles, California practicing in the areas of personal injury, defective products, sexual abuse, 25 toxic torts, business law, employment law, and aviation law. On December 18, 2020, an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy petition was filed against Debtor. As of the filing of the 26 involuntary petition, Debtor was counsel of record in a significant number of matters which were undertaken on a contingency basis. The petitioning creditors moved for the 27 appointment of an interim trustee which was granted by the Court by order entered January 5, 2021. The Trustee was appointed as the interim chapter 7 trustee on
11 2. The Trustee seeks approval of the employment of Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LL("Firm") as her general bankruptcy counsel in this high-profile bankruptcy case. The 2 Debtor's assets and liabilities warrant substantial investigation and analysis. The Firm's employment will also encompass all aspects of the bankruptcy case. 3 3. The Trustee would like to employ the Firm as her counsel pursuant to 11 4 U.S.C. §§ 327 and 330 to: 5 (a) Analyze potential assets and liabilities, including potential litigation claims, of this Estate; 6 (b) Analyze and litigate, if necessary, the scope, validity, priority, and 7 avoidability of any liens; 8 (c) Evaluate and seek to abandon any assets of the Estate that are of inconsequential value or burdensome to the Estate; 9 (d) Investigate potential assets of the Estate held by third parties and, if 10 warranted and requested to do so by the Trustee, litigate to recover such assets. 11 4. In addition, the Firm usually performs certain general tasks as counsel to 2 trustees. In this case, to the extent legal issues are involved, the Firm may perform som0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 or all of the fo(llao)w ingA gdevniseera tlh tea sTkrsu:s tee concerning the rights and remedies of the Estateornia ax 71 and of the Trustee in regard to secured, priority, and general unsecured claims of a, Calif00 • F 14 creditors; s0 15 (b) Represent the Trustee in any proceeding or hearing in the e1 M5- Bankruptcy Court, including, without limitation, objections to claims, and in any a 4 ost4 4 16 action where the rights of the Estate or the Trustee may be litigated or affected; C1 7 el 17 (c) Assist the Trustee in the settlement of any debts owed to the DebtorT 18 (d) Assist the Trustee in the liquidation of any other assets of the Estateand 19 (e) Conduct examinations of witnesses, claimants, or adverse parties 20 and prepare and assist in the preparation of reports, accounts, applications and orders. 21 5. The Firm's attorneys specialize in insolvency, reorganization, and 22 bankruptcy law and are well qualified to represent the Trustee in this case. All attorneys comprising or associated with the Firm who will render services for the Trustee are duly 23 admitted to practice in the courts of the State of California and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Subject to court approval, the Firm will24 represent the Trustee at its customary hourly rates which currently range from $175.00 t$650.00 per hour, depending on the experience and expertise of the attorney or paraleg25 performing the work. The majority of the work will be performed by Lei Lei Wang Ekvall, whose current hourly rate is $650.00, Philip E. Strok, whose current hourly rate is 26 $650.00, and Timothy W. Evanston, whose currently hourly rate is $350.00. However, the Firm reserves the right to have other attorneys or paralegals of the Firm perform wor27 in this case, as the Firm deems appropriate. The Firm's hourly rates are subject to periodic adjustment. If any adjustment is made while the Firm is performing work in this
21 6. The Firm will apply to the Court for approval of compensation in accordancwith the provisions of 11 U.S.C. §§ 330 and 331 and agrees to accept as compensation 2 such sums as the Court may allow. 3 7. The Firm is disinterested and does not hold or represent any interest adverse to the Estate. 4 8. Certain disclosures are contained in the Application and Statement of 5 Disinterestedness accompanying the Application. 6 PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that if you do not oppose the proposed employment of the Firm you need to take no further action. In accordance with Local 7 Bankruptcy Rule 2014-1(b)(3)(E), "any response and request for hearing, in the form required by LBR 9013-1(f)(1), must be filed and served on the applicant (and counsel, if 8 any), and the United States trustee not later than 14 days from the date of service of the notice" plus 3 additional days if you were served by mail or pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 9 5(b)(2)(D), (E), or (F). Any objections not timely made may be deemed waived. 10 PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a complete copy of the Application may be obtained from upon request at (714) 445-1000 or from the Clerk of the Bankruptcy 11 Court. 2 0 0 92626 4 445-1 1123 D ATED: January 8, 2021 SMILEY WANG-EKVALL, LLP ornia ax 71 By: /s/ Lei Lei Wang Ekvall sa, Calif000 • F 1145 LPEroI pLoEsIe Wd AANttoGrn EeKysV AfoLrL E lissa D. Miller, e1 a M45- Chapter 7 Trustee ost4 4 16 C1 7 el 17 T 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
3PROOF 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 Park Center Drive, Suite 250, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled (specify): Notice of Chapter 7 Trustee's Application tmploy Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, as General Counsel will be served or was served (a) on the judge in chambers ie form and manner required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b) in the manner stated below: . TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling General rders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date) /8/2021, I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined that the llowing persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses stated below: Service information continued on attached page . SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: n (date) ____________, I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in this bankruptcy ase or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the United States mail, rst class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration that mailing to the dge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is filed. Service information continued on attached page . SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state method r each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) _____________, I served e following persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing tuch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration at personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completed no later than 24 hours after the document is led. Service information continued on attached page declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. 1/8/2021 Lynnette Garrett /s/ Lynnette Garrett Date Printed Name Signature
4O BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): • Richard D Buckley email@example.com • Marie E Christiansen firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org • Jennifer Witherell Crastz email@example.com • Ashleigh A Danker Ashleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org, SDCMLFiles@DINSMORE.COM;Katrice.email@example.com • Clifford S Davidson firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org • Lei Lei Wang Ekvall email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org • Richard W Esterkin email@example.com • Timothy W Evanston firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com • Eric D Goldberg firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com • Andrew Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org • Steven T Gubner email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org • Marshall J Hogan email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org • Razmig Izakelian email@example.com • Lewis R Landau Lew@Landaunet.com • Peter J Mastan firstname.lastname@example.org, SDCMLFiles@dinsmore.com;Katrice.email@example.com • Edith R Matthai firstname.lastname@example.org • Kenneth Miller email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org • Elissa Miller (TR) CA71@ecfcbis.com, MillerTrustee@Sulmeyerlaw.com;C124@ecfcbis.com;email@example.com • Eric A Mitnick MitnickLaw@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org • Scott H Olson email@example.com, scott-olson- firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org • Michael J Quinn email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com • Ronald N Richards firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org • Philip E Strok email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com;firstname.lastname@example.org • United States Trustee (LA) email@example.com • Eric D Winston firstname.lastname@example.org • Christopher K.S. Wong email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org • Timothy J Yoo email@example.com