Lovee Sarenas

Partner

Lovee.Sarenas@lewisbrisbois.com

Lovee Sarenas is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice that focuses on mid-market business reorganizations and trustee representation. 

For 20 years, Ms. Sarenas has focused her practice representing corporate and individual debtors in the tech industry, wine industry and publications, institutional banks and creditors, committees of unsecured creditors, turnaround professionals and fiduciaries in chapter 7 liquidations and chapter 11 reorganizations cases, out-of-court workouts, and corporate wind downs. As DIP counsel, she represented Commerce One, Inc. in the sale of its web services patent with an estimated value at $1 million which sold for $15.5 million thereby resulting in a 100% distribution to unsecured creditors and assisted the Legacy Group in the reorganization of the Freemark Abbey winery in Napa, CA. As a restructuring attorney, she aims to develop cost-effective and efficient solutions to a client's financial situation. 

Since joining Lewis Brisbois, she has represented the OCC of Cornerstone, Inc. in a $9.5 million settlement distribution to unsecured creditors; helped defend an aviation client in a fraudulent transfer claim that reduced a $5 million claim to a de minimus settlement amount; and has successfully defended several institutional clients against preference claims. Her practice includes representing bankruptcy trustees in the administration of chapter 7 cases and in various bankruptcy-related litigation.

She is the first Filipino-American to have served as a judicial clerk for two bankruptcy judges: the Honorable Ellen A. Carroll (ret.) and the Honorable Richard M. Neiter (ret.) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. Prior to her clerkship with Judge Neiter, Ms. Sarenas practiced as a restructuring attorney for a prominent chapter 11 boutique bankruptcy firm in Northern California. 

Ms. Sarenas is a member of the USC Gould School of Law adjunct faculty teaching international LLM students and an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles where she teaches to upper-division law students. 

Ms. Sarenas enjoys playing golf with her two young daughters and husband, traveling and volunteering. 

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency

Additional Experience

Admissions

California

United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California

Ninth Circuit

Associations

  • Los Angeles Bankuptcy Forum, Board Member, 2017-2021
  • UPAAGLA, Board Member, 2019-2021
  • Los Angeles Catholic Lawyers Association
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts’ Bankruptcy Forms Modernization Project member, 2010
  • Task Force on Chapter 11 Individual Cases, United States Bankruptcy Court-Central District member, 2010

Awards & Honors

  • John Schumacher Leadership Scholarship Award
  • Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas
  • Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society
  • Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society

Professional Presentations

  • Conference Co-chair, California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, 2020
  • Education Co-chair, California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, 2019
  • Co-chair of the Consumer Bankruptcy Program, California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, 2018
  • Speaker, Educational Luncheon Program on bankruptcy law with LA Superior Court Judges, Santa Monica Courthouse, April 6, 2015
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy: An In-Depth Guide, February 7, 2008 (Pincus Education Seminar)

Education

Southwestern Law School

Juris Doctor, 1999

University of the Philippines

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1995