William Perlstein is a partner in the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group, and a former co-managing partner of the firm. He joined the firm in 1975, is a past head of the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, and became one of the firm's managing partners in 1998, serving in that role until the end of 2011. His practice includes representation of creditors’ committees, bank groups, debtors, trustees and claims acquirers in bankruptcy and workout cases around the country. Mr. Perlstein also appears frequently on programs addressing law firm management issues.
Mr. Perlstein’s practice has included significant roles in numerous bankruptcy and workout cases throughout the United States, including EPIC Associates, AM International, AOV Industries, LTV Corporation, General Development Corporation, SpectraVision, Lomas Financial, the Orange County bankruptcy, Iridium Corporation, PSINet and Nortel. Many of his matters have concerned cases in which there is significant governmental involvement, drawing on the firm's expertise in governmental and regulatory affairs. He is currently serving as special regulatory counsel to the ResCap Creditors Committee.
Mr. Perlstein has had significant roles in the drafting of bankruptcy and bank receivership legislation, including Bankruptcy Code amendments affecting repurchase and swap agreements. He has testified before committees of both houses of Congress and presented a paper on bank insolvencies before the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development in Paris. He has also spoken on law firm management issues before the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.