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Bryce Suzuki is the Managing Partner of the Phoenix office.  His practice focuses on providing advice to clients affected by potential or actual insolvency issues.  He provides strategic business planning and dispute resolution assistance to a diverse range of lenders, companies, and business owners.  In coordination with the Firm’s regulatory lawyers, he also advises businesses in the field of cryptocurrency (e.g., Bitcoin), blockchain, and related technologies.

Mr. Suzuki has represented secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, landlords, vendors, investors, and equity security holders in a wide array of commercial restructuring and insolvency issues, including loan workouts, distressed asset sales, Chapter 11 bankruptcy administration and reorganization, liquidation, and distressed financing.  He regularly first-chairs trials in bankruptcy courts and has handled bankruptcy cases in jurisdictions across the country by admission pro hac vice.  He also has significant experience managing appeals involving bankruptcy and insolvency issues.

Mr. Suzuki is active in various community and bar organizations.  He has served on the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees of TMA Global. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Research Fellow of the ASU Center for Law, Science and Innovation.  He is an adjunct professor at the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he teaches on blockchain law and policy.  He previously served as the national co-chair of the Restructuring and Bankruptcy Committee for the National Asian Pacific Bar Association, chair of the Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, and president of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association.  

He is fluent in Spanish and has conversational ability in French and basic Japanese.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-present
    • Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Arizona Equal Access to Justice Foundation, Board Member, 2017-present
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2011-present
    • ASU Center for Law, Science and Innovation, Research Fellow, 2017-present
    • ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2018-present
    • TMA Global, Turnaround of the Year Award: Mid-Size Company, 2017
    • M&A Advisor, Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year Award, 2017
    • U.S. Japan Council, Council Leader, 2019-present, Japanese American Leadership Delegation, 2019
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013-present
    • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2011
    • Guest of President Barack Obama, reception honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, 2010
    • ASU Center for Law, Science and Innovation, Research Fellow, 2017-present
    • ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2018-present
    • TMA Global, Turnaround of the Year Award: Mid-Size Company, 2017
    • M&A Advisor, Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year Award, 2017
    • U.S. Japan Council, Council Leader, 2019-present, Japanese American Leadership Delegation, 2019
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013-present
    • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2011
    • Guest of President Barack Obama, reception honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, 2010
    • U.S. Japan Council, Council Leader, 2019-present, Japanese American Leadership Delegation, 2019
    • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2013-present
    • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2011
    • Guest of President Barack Obama, reception honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, 2010
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Professional Affiliations

    • Turnaround Management Association (TMA Global), Executive Board – VP of Communications, 2019, Global Board of Trustees, 2016-2018, 2020-present
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Committee, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2013-2015
    • Arizona Asian American Bar Association, President 2010-2011, Board Member 2007-2015
    • State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Chair 2007-2008
    • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Committee, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2013-2015
    • Arizona Asian American Bar Association, President 2010-2011, Board Member 2007-2015
    • State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Chair 2007-2008
    • Arizona Asian American Bar Association, President 2010-2011, Board Member 2007-2015
    • State Bar of Arizona Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Chair 2007-2008
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Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel to senior secured creditor in the successful reorganization of two emergency care hospitals under a single chapter 11 plan negotiated and proposed jointly by the secured creditor and respective debtors in two separate bankruptcy cases. Awarded TMA Turnaround of the Year: Mid-size Company, 2017 and M&A Advisor Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year, 2017.
  • Lead appellate counsel to a national bank in a successful appeal involving a novel default-interest issue under a chapter 11 plan. In re Beltway One Development Group, LLC, 547 B.R. 819 (9th Cir. B.A.P. 2016). Lead trial counsel on remand after successful appeal; favorable settlement obtained prior to judgment.
  • Lead trial counsel to secured lenders in extended evidentiary hearings on chapter 11 plan confirmation and relief from the automatic stay. In re GAC Storage Lansing, LLC, 485 B.R. 174 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2013); In re GAC El Monte, LLC, 489 B.R. 747 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2013).
  • Lead appellate counsel to an investor group owed more than $35 million. In re Mortgages Ltd., 771 F.3d 623 (9th Cir. 2014).
  • Counsel to secured creditor group in the chapter 11 cases of supermarket chain Bashas’ Inc. and affiliated companies.
  • Debtor’s counsel to Arizona homebuilder Trend Homes and affiliated debtors in chapter 11.
  • Debtor's conflicts counsel and post-confirmation liquidation trustee's counsel in the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team’s bankruptcy case.
  • Debtor’s counsel to real estate developer in chapter 11.
  • Counsel to defrauded aircraft purchasers in chapter 11 case of private jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation.
  • Defense counsel for a skateboard distribution company in bankruptcy preference litigation involving action-sports retail chain.
  • Representation of distressed loan purchaser in connection with borrower workouts and foreclosure issues.
  • Representation of creditors and estate professionals in various appeals to Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. 

Publications

  • Local Bankruptcy Rules: Arizona, Practical Law Bankruptcy (Thompson Reuters), 2018-present, co-authored with Robert J. Miller and Kyle S. Hirsch
  • “Blockchain: How It Will Change Your Legal Practice,” Arizona Attorney (Feb. 2018), republished in 35 The Computer & Internet Lawyer 5-9 (Jul. 2018), co-authored with Prof. Gary Marchant and Todd Taylor
  • “Bankruptcy Appeals And Finality: A New Per Se Rule,” Law360, April 14, 2017
  • “Nonfinal Finality: The Result Of A Flexible Standard,” Law360, August 31, 2016
  • "Bitcoin After Brexit: Safe Haven or Harbinger of Future Distress?" PayBefore, September 1, 2016
  • "Earth to Creditors: Triangular Payment Arrangements May Constitute Reasonably Equivalent Value," Harvard Law School Bankruptcy Roundtable, January 12, 2016 
  • "Click to Appeal: Recent Second Circuit Court Decision a Cautionary Tale Regarding Electronically Filed Notices of Appeal," Law360, November 18, 2015
  • "Ninth Circuit Holds Twombly/Iqbal Plausibility Standard Does Not Apply To Denials," Bryan Cave Bankruptcy and Restructuring Blog, December 23, 2014
  • "Settling with the Distressed: Potential Bankruptcy Landmines for the Unwary," The Record Reporter, July 16, 2014
  • "How Much for How Long: Chapter 11 Cramdown Term and Interest Rates," Co-Author, American Bankruptcy Institute Spring Meeting, April 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution Provisions in Bankruptcy,” ABI Southwest Conference, September 2019
  • “The Matrix: New Technology in Bankruptcy,” ABI Rocky Mountain Conference, January 2019
  • “Blockchain, Bitcoin and Beyond,” ABI Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, January 2019
  • “The ABCs of Electronic Currencies,” ABI Southwest Conference, September 2018
  • “Blockchain and Law Practice,” ASU Center for Law, Science & Innovation CLE Series, April 2018
  • “Blockchain and Bankruptcy,” guest lecturer, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, September 2017-2019
  • “A Hospital Reorganization Case Study,” Arizona Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, April 2017
  • “Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Banking and What’s Next," Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, April 2016
  • “Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Beyond: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Emerging Crypto-Technologies,” Arizona Association of Corporate Counsel, February 2016
  • “Jurisdictional Issues after Wellness, Stern, and Executive Benefits,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference, June 2015
  • “Bitcoin and the Brave New World of Cryptocurrency,” Association of Finance Professionals, February 2015
  • “Stressed About Distress,” ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 2014
  • “Who Wants to Be a Section 363 Millionaire?,” Program Chair, NAPABA National Conference, November 2013
  • “Current Issues in Chapter 11 Real Estate Bankruptcies,” TMA Western Regional Conference, July 2013
  • “Comparative Issues Regarding Cash Collateral and DIP Financing,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Conference, June 2013
  • “Recent Legal Developments Affecting the Credit Function,” National Electronic Distribution Credit Association, June 2013
  • “Bankruptcy Issues for Litigators,” NAPABA Webinar, June 2013
  • "Real World: Zone of Insolvency (Doing Business with a Financially Distressed Company)," NAPABA National Conference, November 2011
  • “A Fresh Look at Avoidance Actions, ” Arizona Bankruptcy Practice, PESI, October 2010