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Phoenix, Arizona 85012

David Wm. Engelman brings a longstanding commitment to efficient and effective client service developed over 25 years as a solo practitioner and 13 years managing a small firm. He integrates that style with a similar commitment to providing quality legal services to his clients. The success of this approach is evidenced by the retention of clients for over 30 years.

David is an experienced attorney whose practice focuses on commercial law. He has engaged in a wide variety of areas over his career, but concentrates his practice on insolvency issues, debt resolution, business matters, and banking and credit union law. Much of his practice is in the United States Bankruptcy Court handling primarily business matters. He has a significant practice involving the defense of avoidance actions in the bankruptcy court. David handles complex business disputes, drafts commercial loans for lenders, and advises credit unions on issues ranging from bankruptcy to regulatory matters..

To build and maintain long-lasting successful business relationships by offering personalized and individualized service designed to meet the client’s needs.

Appliance Wholesalers
Automobile Dealerships
Commercial Lenders
Dairy and Cattle Farmers
Financial Institutions
Golf Courses
Hard Money Lenders
HUD- Affordable Housing
Financial Investors
Real Estate Developers
Small Business Owners

Credit Union
Hospitality and Lodging
Real Estate

State Bar of Arizona
Bankruptcy Section
Former Pro Bono Chairman
Former Chairman of Judicial Relations Committee
Maricopa County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Law Practice Management
American Bankruptcy Institute

Southwest Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy, 2008-2014
William Morris Pro Bono Service Award, Arizona Bar Foundation, 2004
William Birmingham Clinic Services Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1995 and 1999
Frank Gordon Traveling Award for Volunteer Attorney of the Year, Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2009
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Arizona Supreme Court, 2010
Recipient of the Golden Rule Award from Arizona Interfaith Movement, 2012

  • Successfully represented a new homebuilder in the orderly Chapter 11 liquidation of its partially constructed homes.

  • Represented an owner of an apartment complex in successful business reorganization, permitting the client to sell the complex for a tidy profit.

  • Representation of a major resort through bankruptcy.

  • Represented a purchaser through a bankruptcy sale of $40 million assets of a fiber optic business. This involved the negotiation with over 25 different lessors and contractors to adjust and resolve lease and contract disputes, as well as the negotiation with various mortgagees of real property.

  • Representation of a creditors' committee in the Chapter 11 case of a primary school and nursery school holding company, resulting in the successful sale and spin-off of schools as going concerns.

  • Successful bankruptcy liquidation of medical provider company.

  • Representation of asset purchasers from various bankruptcy estates.

  • Drafting and reviewing numerous commercial loans on behalf of lenders.

  • Conversion of federally chartered credit unions to state chartered credit unions.

  • Representation of a large credit union, handling all its bankruptcy files, loan disputes, regulatory issues, title disputes, and day-to-day general legal matters. Drafted various documents for the credit union, including loan documents and motor vehicle dealer finance agreement.

In re Sunnyslope Housing Limited Partnership, 2012 WL 603573 (B.A.P. 9th Cir. 2012)
In re Bender, 586 F.3d 1159 (9th Cir. 2009)
National Union Fire Ins. Co of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. Greene, 195 Ariz. 105, 985 P.2d 590 (Ariz.App. Div 1, 1999)
Oyakawa v. Gillette, 175 Ariz. 226, 54 P.2d 1212 (Ariz. App. Div. 1, 1993)

Speaker and panelist at bankruptcy seminars
Conducting bankruptcy tutorials for new attorneys
Business Law adjunct teacher at Phoenix College (1990-1995)

Active in various charitable and civic matters in the community for over 30 years
Hillel at ASU and the Arizona Interfaith Movement, member- board of directors
Temple Chai, Jewish Community Center, former member-board of directors
American Jewish Committee, former member-board of directors
Current member of Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Board

Debt Resolution
Banking & Credit Union Law

John Marshall Law School, J.D. with honors 1975

Antioch College, B.A. 1972.

Arizona - State and Federal Courts

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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