Thomas Walper is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Mr. Walper is ranked as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA as well as The Best Lawyers of America. He has twice been recognized by Turnarounds and Workouts magazine as one of the top 12 bankruptcy lawyers in the United States. For years he has been listed in the Guide to the World’s Leading Insolvency Lawyers and in 2018 was recognized as one of nine "Thought Leaders” in Who’s Who Legal. He is also a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Mr. Walper’s practice involves the representation of debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, unsecured creditors, boards of directors, as well as the purchasers of financially troubled companies both in and outside of bankruptcy. He has played an important role in many of the country’s largest chapter 11 cases, including iHeart Media, Toys “R” Us, Payless ShoeSource, The Gymboree Corporation, Linn Energy and Berry Petroleum Company, Energy Future Holdings, Residential Capital, Edison Mission Energy, Syms/Filenes Basement, Enron, Pacific Gas & Electric, FINOVA, Fruit of the Loom, Kmart, United Airlines, California Power Exchange, Coho Energy, Inc. and Refco.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Walper was head of corporate restructuring for a $5 billion investment firm in Greenwich, Conn. In this role, Mr. Walper contributed to the analysis and underwriting of distressed investments and developed and implemented both consensual and litigated exit strategies. He also acted as a principal representative on numerous formal and informal creditors committees.
Mr. Walper was one of the founders of the Debtor Assistance Program of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. This organization provides insolvency services to indigent consumers with over 150 attorney volunteers within the Central District of California.
Mr. Walper is a frequent speaker on complex bankruptcy and reorganization topics, serving as program chair and panelist for bankruptcy programs sponsored by The Practising Law Institute, Corporate Finance Magazine, CLE International, SRI, the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles schools of law and Columbia Business School. Mr. Walper has also written extensively in the field of bankruptcy, having co-authored The Creditors’ Committee Manual, published by Warren Gorham & Lamont, and he was a long term member of the Board of Editors of “The Bankruptcy Strategist.”