Alan Tippie


Alan Tippie is a current partner, Chairman of the Board, and former president of the firm (1987-2014) who represents a wide range of clients in matters from business litigation and financial restructuring to reorganization and insolvency disputes. With an emphasis on creditor/debtor disputes, Alan handles federal and state court litigation, as well as bankruptcy and related matters, on behalf of parties on all sides of these issues, including business participants, investors, creditors, fiduciaries, debtors, and institutional clients.

Business Litigation

As a commercial litigator, Alan has won successes for his clients, such as:

  • Obtained $10-million jury verdict in action for fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets on behalf of major dairy products manufacturer.
  • Successfully resolved multi-defendant fraudulent transfer action to recover millions of dollars for client.
  • Secured orders for the appointment of receivers and recovered fraudulently transferred assets for major national bank.
  • Successfully defended board members wrongfully accused of breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • On behalf of major computer-aided manufacturer, obtained $15-million judgment against international corporation for fraud and deceit.
  • Through summary proceedings, obtained $7.5-million judgment on a contested personal guarantee.

Chapter 11

Alan’s work on behalf of clients participating in the Chapter 11 reorganization process has included:

  • Represented largest non-insider creditor in relation to Chapter 11 bankruptcy of major poultry producer.
  • Advised institutional lenders in connection with enforcement and collection of secured and unsecured loans.
  • Assisted clients in numerous restructurings of real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and service industry businesses and operations.
  • Represented largest creditor in major dairy farm case to collect 100% plus interest on multi-million-dollar claim.
  • Represented creditors’ committees in successful reorganizations of Chapter 11 debtors.

Chapter 9

Alan has also represented government organizations in relation to Chapter 9 municipal debt adjustments:

  • Served as special bankruptcy counsel to Orange County Transportation Authority in Orange County Chapter 9 proceedings.
  • Successfully restructured Chapter 9 debtor in healthcare-related proceeding.

Trustee Work & Receiverships

As a periodic receiver, Alan manages receivership estates on behalf of financial institutions that have sought his appointment. On behalf of trustees, he has assisted the trustee to manage, reorganize, or liquidate distressed companies and individuals for the benefit of the debtors and their creditors, maximizing the value of a given estate and ensuring assets are distributed according to the court-approved plan of reorganization or liquidation:

  • Served and serves as a receiver by appointment from the Superior Court of the State of California, and as a private trustee and estate executor.

Before joining SulmeyerKupetz, Alan clerked for the Honorable Barry Russell of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. He is a member and past president of the Board of Governors at Loyola Law School, where he taught bankruptcy law as an adjunct professor, and is also a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society. Alan regularly lectures on business law topics to law firms, accounting firms, business groups, and legal organizations.

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  • Admissions

    State Bar of California

  • Education

    Loyola Law School – Juris Doctor, with honors (1979)
    The Ohio State University – Bachelor of Arts (1976)

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