Gregg M. Ficks

Partner

Gregg Ficks leads the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group. He has a nationwide bankruptcy and restructuring practice focused on representing landlords, lenders, real estate developers, aircraft lessors, hotels, suppliers, and various other secured and unsecured creditors, both inside and outside of bankruptcy court. Gregg often represents parties seeking to buy assets of troubled companies in bankruptcy court. He also advises credit card processors on a wide range of debtor-creditor matters on a nearly daily basis.

Gregg devotes a significant portion of his practice to a wide range of commercial litigation and hospitality industry litigation outside of the bankruptcy arena. Gregg's litigation practice focuses on litigation for hotels/hotel management companies, landlord-tenant litigation, and fraudulent transfer, lien priority, and other debtor-creditor litigation. Gregg has a particular focus on defending hotels and other commercial property owners in Americans with Disabilities Act litigation. Gregg has prosecuted and defended several commercial and fraud trials through successful verdict.

Gregg represents organizations of all sizes, from large publicly-traded corporations, to privately held companies, startups, and sole proprietorships. His clients conduct business in a wide range of industries including real estate, hospitality, food and beverage, airline, commercial lending, and technology.

No matter what the case, Gregg works to offer practical business solutions to his clients’ needs, but also stands ready to litigate when the situation calls for it.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "What's Old is New Again: Adaptive Reuse of Historic and Unique Properties," (ADA Speaker), American Bar Association Spring Real Property Symposium (2016)
  • "Don't Take it PERS-onally: Chapter 9 Municipal Bankruptcy as a Game Changer," Bar Association of San Francisco (2013)
  • "Operations Best Practices – Rent and Debt Collection," 2010 Management and Leasing Best Practices Roundtable (2010)
  • “Landlords, Are You Claiming Your Attorney Fees in Bankruptcy Cases?,” California Real Estate Journal (July 16, 2007)
  • "Commercial Bankruptcy Provisions of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act," San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association (2006)
  • “Cutting to the Chase: Dismissing Chapter 11 Cases for Lack of Good Faith at the Outset of the Cases,” Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law (December, 2005)
  • “Bankruptcy Law Alters Rules For Business, Not Just Consumers,” East Bay Business Times (November 25, 2005)
  • “Retro Rejection, Actions Speak Louder Than Words When Landlords Come Before The Bankruptcy Court,” Commercial Investment Real Estate - The Magazine of the CCIM Institute (May/June, 2005)
  • "Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Litigation," Bar Association of San Francisco (2005)
  • Several speeches and panel discussions, Alameda County Bar Association

Professional Activities

Gregg was Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section in 2015, and remains a member of the Section's Executive Committee. He was Chair of the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California from 2009-2010. He is a former Director of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, and served two terms as Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. Gregg is a former board member of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Gregg was Chair of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco's Business Leadership Council from 2014 through 2015.

Education

Gregg has a law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall). At UC Davis, Gregg was a student of former United States Bankruptcy Judge Jack Ayer, who mentored Gregg and influenced his career path. Gregg was Judicial Law Clerk to United States Bankruptcy Judge Edward D. Jellen (Ret.) in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California from 1990-1992.

Honors & Awards

Gregg is annually listed as a Super Lawyer in Northern California.

Case Studies

Aviation

Coblentz has done both corporate and litigation work with several aviation industry leaders in the Bay Area. 

Teaming with Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, we advised Sky Holding Company, LLC, a full-service aircraft leasing platform, in the recent formation of Jackson...

Fairmont

Coblentz represented the Fairmont Hotel chain in a variety of matters concerning its western properties, including labor negotiations, employment disputes and litigation, commercial litigation, leasing, ADA access issues, land use issues, and vendor contracts.

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Rafael Town Center Investors v. The Weitz

Coblentz attorneys represented the owner and developer of a mixed-use retail, commercial, and residential development in the center of the City of San Rafael in connection with disputes with the general contractor and multiple subcontractors regarding construction defects, untimely completion,...

SoMA Expansion

The South of Market (SoMA) area of San Francisco has exploded in recent years fueled by tech companies, and Coblentz has had the privilege of helping many companies entitle projects and secure leases in this vibrant neighborhood. Coblentz counseled Flynn Properties Inc. in its 60,000 square foot...