Wesley H. Avery, Esq. received his B.A., with highest honors in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 1980, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1991 with an emphasis in commercial law and bankruptcy.
Mr. Avery has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991 and licensed as a real estate broker since 1992. AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, all Federal District Courts of California and the California Supreme Court. Member of the American Bar Association, the Inns of Court, the Financial Lawyers Conference, the Los Angeles County Bar and the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum. Mr. Avery is also a member of The California Club and The Harvard Club of Southern California. Since 2003 Mr. Avery has held an appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Insurance of the California State University at Northridge.
Mr. Avery is a veteran, and was on active duty as a Major in the U.S. Army from 1996-1997. He was Chairman of the California State Bar Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission (2004-2005). Presently a member of the State Board of Legal Specialization, he is the Managing Editor of The Digest which is published quarterly by the California State Bar. Mr. Avery is the author of articles that have been featured in more than 25 legal publications, including Trial Lawyer and California Lawyer. Mr. Avery was the co-author of the 2003 Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession and 2003 Collier Handbook for Creditors’ Committees. Reported cases include In re Lahijani, 325 B.R. 282; In re Plitt Amusement Co., 233 B.R. 837; DRG v. Chopstix Dim Sum Café, 30 Cal.App.4th 54.
The focus of Mr. Avery’s practice is the liquidation of real property and other assets held by insolvent businesses. He is certified as a specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California and by the American Board of Certification which is recognized by the American Bar Association.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Superlawyer Bankruptcy Law - Southern California||Superlawyers||2008|
|Superlawyer Bankruptcy Law - Southern California||Superlawyers||2007|
|Certified Specialist - Business Bankruptcy Law||American Board of Cerification||1996|
|Certified Specialist - Bankruptcy Law||California State Bar||1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bankruptcy American Inn of Court||Member||2007 - Present|
|Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar||Member||2006 - Present|
|California Club||Member||2003 - Present|
|Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum||Member||1997 - Present|
|Financial Lawyers Conference||Member||1997 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1991 - Present|
|Harvard Club of Southern California||Member||1984 - Present|
|United States Chess Federation||Member||1975 - Present|
|Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission||Chairman||2001 - 2005|
|In re Lahijani||N/A|
|In re Plitt Amusement Co.||N/A|
|DRG v. Chopstix Dim Sum CafÃ©||N/A|
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|2003 Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in Possession||2003 Collier Handbook for Trustees and Debtors in P||2003|
|2003 Collier Handbook for Creditors' Committees||2003 Collier Handbook for Creditors' Committees||2003|
|University of California at Los Angeles School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of California Davis||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|California Bankruptcy Forum||Review of Recent 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Cases||2008|
|81st Annual Meeting of The California State Bar||When Things Get Sticky: How the Bankruptcy Code Affects Foreclosure||2008|