Daily News: March 21, 2012

Cooley Adds Prominent Bankruptcy Attorney

Cooley LLP announced that Ali M.M. Mojdehi has joined the firm as a partner in its Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice. He will be based in its San Diego office. Mojdehi was previously a partner at Baker & McKenzie, LLP, in San Diego and is the former chair of its Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group in North America.

“We are pleased to welcome Ali to Cooley and are confident that his insolvency expertise and strong industry relationships will further strengthen our national bankruptcy and restructuring practice and will also reinforce our dominant market position in San Diego,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s chief executive officer.

Mojdehi advises debtors and creditors and provides counsel to boards on innovative and efficient strategic transactions and restructurings. Both in and out of court, Mojdehi has represented debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors, statutory creditor and equityholder committees, bondholders, financial institutions, and third-party purchasers of distressed assets, across a wide array of industries including real estate, construction, hospitality, oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing, transportation, financial services and technology.

“Ali’s arrival adds a powerful dynamic to Cooley’s national capabilities in complex bankruptcy and turnaround work,” said Jay Indyke, Cooley’s New York-based Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice group chair. “We look forward to developing further momentum together in providing our clients across the United States with seamless and efficient delivery of our services.”

Mojdehi is admitted to practice law in California and Oklahoma. He is a former member of the Bankruptcy Rules and Practice Committee of United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware and served as Chair of the Chapter 11 Rules Review Committee of United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and Iranian American Bar Association, among other professional groups and associations. He is Chairman of the Board of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), and serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, Calif. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1982.

Cooley’s Bankruptcy & Restructuring practice has extensive experience representing creditors and debtors in all aspects of bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings.