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Marsha practices in the area of commercial restructuring and bankruptcy. Marsha's clients praise her for her practical thinking, strategic advice, and creative solutions. Marsha focuses her national practice on the representation of financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds, secured and unsecured lenders, creditors committees, entertainment clients, trustees, manufacturers and investors, primarily in litigation, enforcement, restructuring, and Chapter 11 reorganization matters, assignments for the benefit of creditors, a broad range of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters, and the protection of intellectual property rights. She also negotiates and documents loan restructuring transactions, debtor-in-possession financing, asset acquisition agreements, out-of-court restructurings, and workouts. Marsha's practice has included such industries as: entertainment, construction, engineering and design, retail, manufacturing, real estate, energy, airlines, mining, oil and gas, hospitality, time-share, leisure and resort properties, and health care.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 1987, J.D.
  • University of Texas at Arlington, 1983, B.A., Political Science

  • California

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California

  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • Charter member, IWIRC’s Los Angeles Chapter

  • Honorable Lisa Hill Fenning, U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Central District of California

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of 2018’s Most Influential Women Attorneys by Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2023-2024