Chapter Coordinators

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Jeff Pomerantz is a partner and a member of the management committee of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, and is located in its Los Angeles office. He represents companies, creditors' committees, and private equity funds in complex financial restructurings and merger-and-acquisition transactions both in and out of court.  He is on the CARE National Board of Directors and is currently a coordinator of the CARE Los Angeles chapter. He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability; has been named a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights every year since 2009 in a peer survey conducted by Law & Politics and the publishers of Los Angeles magazine, an honor bestowed on only 5% of Southern California attorneys; and was selected by Best Lawyers in America. He is also the Chairman and a former President of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), and previously served as ABI’s Vice President of Education.. 

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Sharon Kopman has over 25 years of bankruptcy and business experience. Since 2011, Sharon has held a hybrid business/legal role focusing on acquisitions of various types of assets. Sharon also acts as outside general counsel for family offices and private-equity-backed portfolio companies. She is a highly-regarded speaker and panel member, appearing regularly at a wide range of events, including association panels, conferences, and news broadcasts and is a prolific author.  Sharon is on or has served on Boards or Committees of the following: Association of Corporate Growth; Turnaround Management Association Global; CARE Global;  the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum; and TMA Southern California. Sharon also is an independent director and advisory board member of various companies. Sharon attended the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola Law School.

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Michael Schwarzmann is a self-employed financial restructuring business, transformation, crisis management specialist located in Orange County, California. He has extensive experience working with established companies when they encounter financial difficulties by assisting them in developing solutions to address short term cash needs and longer-term profitability. His process includes helping to identify cost savings and value capture scenarios by analyzing historical financial performance along with current operations and projecting optimizing strategies utilizing weekly and monthly cash flow statements, budgets, and forecasts.  Through a broad review of financial, operational and strategic performance, he helps guide companies to increased profitability. He Utilizes his legal knowledge to seamlessly work with counsel to identify and address legal issues in a more cost-effective manner.

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Chapter Administrator

Leslie Medina has worked for an educational literacy company coordinating training of teachers on the language arts program adopted by California.  She has also been a meeting planner, event planner, business owner and volunteer team parent for the high school soccer team, even long after her youngest graduated.  Leslie enjoys working with students and watching them flourish.