Professional Biography
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Amir Gamliel Partner

  • Los Angeles

    D +1.310.788.3276

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    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA 90067-1721




Amir Gamliel represents clients in business reorganizations, out-of-court restructuring work, and litigation involving complex financial transactions. He is experienced in such industry sectors as finance, including commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS); technology; aerospace; real estate; and retail. Amir provides an efficient, results-driven approach on all of his matters, drawing on his business economics and accounting background, as well as his understanding of expected utility theory and prospect theory as behavioral models of decision-making.

In his national bankruptcy practice, Amir counsels secured creditors, including through the largest CMBS special servicers in the country, as well as unsecured creditors, ranging from licensors of intellectual property (IP) to major landlords, property lessors, and committees of unsecured creditors. He also advises financially troubled businesses regarding bankruptcy and nonbankruptcy alternatives, and directors and officers of such businesses on mitigating litigation risk. Amir represents buyers in distressed asset and debt acquisitions and maintains a robust practice defending parties in preference and fraudulent transfer avoidance actions.

In his restructuring practice, Amir counsels parties on complicated supply chain issues, including access and accommodation agreements, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and orderly dissolutions. Amir has presented programs on complex bankruptcy transactions, receiverships, preferences and fraudulent transfers, national retail tenant bankruptcies, and other crossover issues involving financial transactions and bankruptcy law.

Amir has developed extensive business litigation experience in state and federal courts and in arbitrations. He has first-chaired multiple bench trials, including representing a secured lender in a contested plan confirmation hearing and a creditor in a non-dischargeability adversary proceeding in bankruptcy. His second-chair trials have involved trade secrets, business tort claims, and net-lease transactions. Amir has successfully appealed decisions in both state and federal court, and has also represented parties in post-trial judgment enforcement actions. Described by clients as a “go-to lawyer for thorny disputes that need creativity and finesse to create a win-win resolution,” Amir represents parties in complex litigation involving financial transactions (including receiverships and guarantor lawsuits), contract disputes, business tort claims, and real estate.

In addition to his legal practice, Amir holds numerous leadership roles within the firm. He serves as one of 24 partners on the firmwide Associate and Counsel Evaluation Committee. He also continues to serve as a long-time member of the Los Angeles office Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Hiring Committee, and the Summer Associate Committee. Amir frequently interviews and mentors associate candidates at law schools across Southern California. In his free time, Amir enjoys taking group fitness classes and going to cafes with his wife, Alexis, who also is a lawyer, as well as taking their daughter, Ella, to dance classes, local parks, and farmers markets.

Ranked by Chambers USA 2023


Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a "40 Under 40" Honoree by the American Bankruptcy Institute, 2023
  • Listed in Chambers USA as an "Up and Coming" Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyer, 2023
  • Listed on the "Up-And-Coming 100: Southern California Rising Stars" list by Super Lawyers, 2022 – 2023
  • Named to the Southern California "Rising Stars" list by Super Lawyers, 2017 – 2023
  • Recipient of the 2008 Los Angeles County Bar Association "Outstanding Bankruptcy Law Student Award"
  • Nominee for the 2009 American College of Bankruptcy "Distinguished Student Award for the Ninth Circuit"

Professional Leadership

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), Battleground West Advisory Board, Member
  • American Bar Association, Business Section, Member
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum Board, Member
  • Turnaround Management Association, Member
  • Bet Tzedek, New Leadership Council, Member
  • Anti-Defamation League, Legal Advisory Committee, Member

Community Involvement

  • Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Chapter,  Firm - Chapter Sponsor Liaison
  • Jewish Federation Community Service Day, Volunteer
  • Bet Tzedek Holocaust Reparations Project Pro Bono, Volunteer
  • Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute, Member, 2012 – 2013
  • Shriver Housing Project, Los Angeles, CA

Related Employment

  • Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Major Crimes Division, Los Angeles, CA, Law Clerk for Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman, 2007
  • KPMG LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Audit Summer Associate, 2005





Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • UCLA Anderson School of Management, Executive Program, 2017
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2009
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Business Economics, Minor in Accounting, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006


  • Hebrew