Gary B. Rudolph

Gary B. Rudolph, active in bankruptcy and insolvency law, provides comprehensive financial analysis and personalized debt relief strategies. He works with trustees, creditors, creditor committees, landlords, tenants, and debtors in corporate chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcies, alongside handling related litigation and representing state and federal court receivers.

Recognized for his mediation skills, Gary was honored as the outstanding mediator by the Southern District of California’s Bankruptcy Court Judges in 1991 and in 2019 he was honored for his volunteer service in the bankruptcy community by the Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California. He also brings experience as a bankruptcy examiner and expert witness in bankruptcy matters.

Beyond his practice, Gary is involved with the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, having held leadership roles including secretary and chairing the Insolvency Law Committee. He is currently Chair of the Bankruptcy Law section of the San Diego County Bar Association and Co-Chair of the National Rules Committee for the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. This involvement underscores his commitment to the broader legal and financial realms.


  • J.D., California Western School of Law
  • M.S., American University
  • B.S., American University

Areas Of Practice

One of the largest and most active bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal practices in the Southwest and California, representing clients locally, regionally, and nationally.

Experienced, forward-thinking advocates who go beyond the expected for clients in dispute prevention and resolution.

Awards and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America® – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • West Coast’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • Top Rated Southern California Lawyer by Martindale‐Hubbell and American Lawyer Media
  • Top San Diego Lawyer by San Diego Magazine, 2016-2023
  • Top Lawyer in San Diego by The American Registry
  • Top Lawyer in California by The Legal Network
  • “Best of the Best” by The Legal Network


  • Presenter, ” “Subchapter V Updates and the abc’s of ABCs,” San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, May 23, 2023
  • Presenter, “What You Need to Know About the Small Business Reorganization Act.” National Association of Credit Management (NACM), January 25, 2023
  • Presenter, “Subchapter V Turns Two: Recent Developments in SBRA Case Law,” National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) 40th Annual Conference, June 9, 2023
  • Presenter, “Bankruptcy — From a 60,000 Foot View,” Legal Professionals Inc. (LPI), April 7, 2022
  • Presenter, “State of the Bankruptcy Court: Perspectives from Clerks of the Court,” San Diego County Bar Association, November 2, 2021
  • Presenter, “Litigation Funding in Bankruptcy Cases: How to Get it & Potential Pitfalls (Help Me Legalist, You’re My Only Hope),” California Lawyers Association, October 21, 2021


  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Legal Education Committee of the Federal Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Business Law Section (BLS) of the California Lawyers Association
  • Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) of the BLS
  • San Diego County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member, Board of Directors of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Board Member, California Bankruptcy Forum
  • 2023 Conference Chair, California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Advisory Committee, Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Selection Committee, Southern District of California
  • Advisory Panel, Bankruptcy Self-Help Center – Bankruptcy Court through the Legal Aid Society of San Diego


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals