Rebecca J. Winthrop

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9346
Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9346
Rebecca J. Winthrop

Rebecca J. Winthrop


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Rebecca Winthrop has a diverse practice primarily representing creditors in financial restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

She represents financial institutions, special servicers and other secured creditors both in and out of court. Her experience ranges from handling voluntary liquidations and assignments for the benefit of creditors to negotiating and documenting debtor-in-possession and exit financing, use of cash collateral, lift stay proceedings and plan treatment in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcies.  She also represents purchasers of distressed assets and unsecured creditors in a variety of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, real estate and entertainment.

Rebecca regularly advises hospitals and healthcare providers regarding their rights as creditors under joint venture and joint operating agreements, third party vendor and equipment agreements, and physician recruitment agreements, and both in and outside of bankruptcy.  She further assists in structuring their healthcare transactions, and addresses issues involving compliance of revenue management systems with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Bankruptcy Code.

Rebecca also has significant public finance experience representing municipalities in connection with their due diligence and securities disclosure obligations (including general obligation and special revenue bonds, and those involving statutory liens) and evaluating the rights of debtors, bondholders and other creditors under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code, and has advised indenture trustees and bondholders in multiple bankruptcies involving high-yield securities.

Rebecca is a Central District of California Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and was recently named as a Top 100 Lawyer for 2023 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.  She also is a past Co-Chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and a past Board Member of the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum.  She is a member of  the Financial Lawyers Association, the California Society of Financial Analysts, Women in Public Finance and the California Society of Healthcare Attorneys.

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JD, Loyola Law School, 1984; Honors:  Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles International Law Journal (1983-1984); Staff Member, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review (1982-1983)
BA , magna cum laude, University of Southern California, 1981; Honors:  Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi

  • California State Bar
  • Top 100 Lawyers, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers, 2023 – 2024
  • Legal 500 US, Recommended Lawyer, Restructuring (including bankruptcy): Municipal, The Legal 500, 2023
  • Recipient, AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Philanthropy Award, Loyola Law School
  • Co-author, "So Many Troubled California Health Care Districts, So Many Have Filed Chapter 9─Lessons To Be Learned," California Bankruptcy Journal, 2020
  • Co-author, "Workouts and Modifications, Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy Issues," Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2009
  • Co-author, "How the Automatic Stay Can Disrupt, If not Destroy, Your Litigation Strategy: What Every Litigator and Bankruptcy Specialist Needs to Know About the Scope of the Automatic Stay," Beverly Hills Bar Association Seminar, 2006
  • Co-author, "Navigating Your Way Through the Minefield of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005: A Guide for Commercial Lenders When Their Borrowers File for Bankruptcy," Commercial Finance Association Nationwide Teleconference Seminar, 2005
  • Co-author, "Tranche B Lending," PNC Bank's Annual Marketing Kickoff, 2005
  • Panelist, "What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know About Managing Counter-Party Bankruptcy Risk," Association of Corporate Counsel's Annual In-House Symposium and Dallas Regional Meeting, 2021
  • Speaker, "Don't Distress:  Managing Internal Financial Challenges and Evaluating Opportunities in the Healthcare Market," Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Webinar, 2020
  • Panelist, "What Every In-House Counsel Needs to Know About Bankruptcy Risk for the Next Economic Downturn," Association of Corporate Counsel's Annual Meeting and Southern California Regional Meeting, 2019
  • Panelist, "Top Business Cases of the Year," Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP 1st Annual Litigation Summit for In-House Counsel, 2017
  • Panelist, "Emerging and Settled (if any) Chapter 9 Issues," Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2016
  • Panelist, "Sale of Distressed Healthcare Assets in Bankruptcy: Potential Acquisition Challenges and Opportunities," Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP Web Seminar, 2016
  • Panelist, "Revitalizing City Operations and Services by Renegotiating Debt and Liabilities," Independent Cities Association Summer Seminar, 2015
  • Panelist, "Will the Stockton and San Bernardino Cases Create a Template for Workout Negotiations or Bankruptcies?," City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County, 2013 
  • Moderator, "Recent Developments Affecting Section 363 Bankruptcy Sale and Sales Orders," Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2013
  • Panelist, "The Latest Developments in Chapter 9," The Bond Buyer's 22nd Annual California Public Finance Conference, 2012
  • Panelist, "Municipal Defaults and Bankruptcies," The Bond Buyer's 21st Annual California Public Finance Conference, 2011
  • Co-Author & Panelist, "Creditor Rights and Remedies in Municipal Bond Defaults," Ballard Spahr LLP Continuing Legal Education Series, 2011
  • Moderator, "Door No. 1 or Door No. 2? Receivership v. Bankruptcy and How the Two Remedies Intersect," Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2011
  • Panelist, "Need Something to Do? Workable Alternatives to Bankruptcy," Beverly Hills Bar Association Seminar, 2007
  • Panelist, "How Lenders Can Use the Bankruptcy Code to Their Advantage: Tips, Tricks and Strategies," Turnaround Management Association's Financing the Middle Market Company Seminar, 2005
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference, Lawyer Representative
  • California Lawyers Association Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, Advisor and past Co-Chair
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, past Board Member
  • National Federation of Municipal Analysts
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Women in Public Finance, Los Angeles Chapter
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section; Healthcare Law Section)


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