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Dean M. Dinner

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Dean M. Dinner

Dean Dinner is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and a Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers honoree. For more than thirty years, Dean’s practice has emphasized bankruptcy law, creditor-debtor rights, workouts, commercial transactions and commercial litigation.

Dean has represented secured creditors, surety companies, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, lessors, trustees and debtors in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 proceedings. His cases have involved such diverse matters as real estate, construction, manufacturing, advanced technological equipment, trucking, airlines, food production, surety claims, intellectual property, oil and gas, multi-tiered marketing, factoring and asset-based lending. His cases include:

  • representing a debtor oil and gas company in a Chapter 11 reorganization involving $55 million in debt and obtained a confirmed plan of reorganization

  • representing a factoring company with a multi-million-dollar secured claim in a printing company Chapter 11 case where debtor tried to subordinate the claim to DIP financing

  • pursuing multi-million-dollar reclamation and unsecured claims on behalf of vendors in the Circle K bankruptcy

  • obtaining a multi-million-dollar state court verdict on a fraudulent transfer action
    negotiating and documenting DIP financing transactions for both factoring companies and asset-based lenders

  • successfully defending a non-dischargeability action brought by a bank against a client

  • representing an unsecured creditors committee, resulting in a consensual plan of reorganization

  • confirming a Chapter 11 plan for a debtor with over 65 real properties

  • obtaining confirmation of an individual Chapter 11 plan

  • representing an unsecured creditors committee in the $1 billion Mortgages Limited bankruptcy.

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy Law

Debtors and Creditors Rights

Commercial Debt Workouts and Litigation

Business Transactions

Real Estate Transactions

Banking, Financing and Leasing

Certifications

Certified Bankruptcy Specialist, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, 1997-present

Honors and Awards

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1998-Present

The Best Lawyers in America®: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2010-Present

Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy, 2007-present

“Top Valley Lawyers” (Commercial Finance), North Valley Magazine, 2014-Present

“Top Lawyers,” AZ Business Magazine, 2010-2013

Professional Activities

American Bar Association: Section of Litigation, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation Committee

State Bar of Arizona: Bankruptcy Section (Co-Chair, Fast Track Bankruptcy Committee, 2000); Bankruptcy Rules Committee, 1994; Business Law Section; Past Chair, Bankruptcy Advisory Commission

Maricopa County Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section, Past Chair (1996); Real Estate Section

Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, 2014-present

Scottsdale Bar Association: Past President (2012), Past Treasurer (2011), Board of Directors (2010-2012)

Colorado Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona: Bankruptcy Judgeship Appointment, Merit Screening Committee, 1998

Court and Bar Admissions

Colorado, 1979

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1979

U.S. District Court, District of Georgia, 1979

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1979

Arizona, 1985

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1985

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1985

Education

J.D., Emory University, 1979

B.S., University of Colorado, 1976

Articles

“Avoid Being Scammed By an Internet Retailer With a Cat Named Misse,” Scottsdale Airpark News, April 2016

“Same-Sex Marriages: The Potential Impact on Borrowers and Lenders,” Scottsdale Airpark News, August 2015

“Bankruptcy Claims and Subrogation,” American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Newsletter, 1999

Presentations

“Why Darth Vader Is Not Entitled to a Discharge,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2015

“Bankruptcy Law Intersecting with Construction Matters,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2015

“Individual Chapter 11s, Ethics,” Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, 2015

“Bankruptcy Ethics: Let’s Ask the Bankruptcy Bar,” Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court and the State Bar of Arizona, 2015

“Bankruptcy Ambushes Lurking in the Legal Jungle,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2013, 2014

“The Interplay of Bankruptcy and Construction Law,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2012

“Bankruptcy Ambushes Lurking in the Legal Jungle: Dischargeability Procedures and Rights Issues in Bankruptcy,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2012

“Overview of Bankruptcy Law,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2011

“Overview of Bankruptcy Law,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2010

“The Bankruptcy Appeals Process,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2010

“Bankruptcy Primer for the Printing Industry,” PIFE, 2007

“Bankruptcy Hors D’Oeuvre for the Construction Lawyer,” State Bar of Arizona, Construction Section, 2006

“When Bankruptcy and Construction Law Cross Paths,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2004

“Involuntary Bankruptcy: A Rational Option?” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2004

“Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law and Procedure in Arizona,” National Business Institute, 2002

“Bankruptcy Ambushes Lurking in the Legal Jungle,” State Bar of Arizona, 2002

“Winning at Oral Argument: A Judge’s Point of View, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2002

“Bankruptcy Law, The Big Picture: An Overview of Bankruptcy Law and Its Implications,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2002

“The Interplay of Bankruptcy Law and Construction Law,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 2002

“Individual Bankruptcy Issues: Discharge Exceptions in Bankruptcy,” Western States Surety Conference, 2000

“The Interplay of Bankruptcy Law and Construction Law,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1998

“Common Bankruptcy Issues Facing Contractor Clients Regarding Preference Claims and Defenses,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1998

“When Bankruptcy Law and Construction Law Cross Paths,” Maricopa County Bar Association, 1998

“Nondischargeablility Litigation,” 8th Annual Bankruptcy Symposium, State Bar of Arizona, 1997

“Business Valuation in a Bankruptcy Context,” Fifth Annual Bankruptcy Symposium, State Bar of Arizona, 1994

“Bankruptcy Litigation Skills in Arizona,” National Business Institute, 1992

Community Activities

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

Paiute Neighborhood Legal Clinic, 2010-Present

Arizona Youth Soccer, 2006-2010