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Victor Vilaplana

Victor Vilaplana


Victor A. Vilaplana is a business reorganization and cross border insolvency attorney. His experience includes representing businesses in numerous fields, from medical device companies to agricultural producers to nonprofit organizations in distress. He practiced at Gray Cary Ames & Frye, now DLA, was managing partner of Sheppard Mullin San Diego office, and retired from “big law” practice at Foley & Lardner in late 2021

Victor is a frequent lecturer for various continuing education programs and has authored articles on the administration of multi-national  bankruptcies, prepackaged chapter 11 cases and distressed real estate.

Representative Experiences

                - represented Port of San Diego as landlord regarding insolvent tenants

                - represented Organization of Parishes in the San Diego Diocese chapter 11 case

                - represented San Diego Symphony in its restructuring

                - represented Canadian real estate developer with U.S. projects


                - recognized as Best Lawyers in America since 1993

                - selected by Lawdragon as one of 500 leading U.S. and global bankruptcy lawyers

Community Engagement

                - trustee, UC San Diego Foundation

                - commissioner, Port of San Diego

                - vice President and director San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art

                - trustee, San Diego Children's Hospital

                - trustee, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Professional Memberships

                - American Law Institute

                - Fellow American College of Bankruptcy

                - Founding member International Insolvency Institute

                - Delegate to UNCITRAL on various international projects


                - San Diego State University, BA with honors 1968

                - George Washington University, MA with highest honors 1970

                - Stanford University, JD 1973

                - Law clerk to Hon. Howard B. Turrentine, US District Court, SD California 1973-74