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Robert P. Goe

18101 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 1200
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949.798.2460
Fax: 949.955.9437


Certified Legal Specialist In Bankruptcy By California State Bar

Rob is a federally appointed Chapter 11 Sub V Bankruptcy Trustee. He also represents creditors and debtors in Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings, Chapter 7 and 11 Trustees, secured creditors and official committees of unsecured creditors. He also represents parties in workouts and related matters, and buyers of distressed assets. Mr. Goe represented the buyer in some of the largest land transactions (in excess of $100 million) out of bankruptcy proceedings on the West Coast.

Mr. Goe has focused his practice nearly exclusively in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights since passing the California Bar exam on his first attempt in 1988. He started as the Clerk for the Honorable David N. Naugle, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, from 1988 – 1989. Prior to that, he externed for the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1988.

  • Education: California State University at Long Beach (B.A. in Political Science, 1985); Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1988). Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Labor Law and Evidence, Member of Southwestern University School of Law, Law Review and Research Editor.

  • Area of Specialization: Bankruptcy and creditor’s rights practice. Representative matters include: representation of creditors and debtors in Chapter 11 reorganization, workouts, and related matters.

  • Instructor: Legal Writing and Bankruptcy Law, University of California, Irvine, 1991-1994; Continuing Education for Legal Assistant Program, University of California, Irvine 1992. Advisor for UC Irvine Legal Assistantship Certification Program Advisory Committee.

  • Law Clerk: Honorable David N. Naugle, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, 1988-1989. Extern to Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1988.

  • Professional History: Founding Partner of Goe Forsythe & Hodges LLP October 2019-present; Founding Partner of Goe & Forsythe, LLP, 1998; Founding Partner of Marshack & Goe, LLP, 1993.

  • Publications: “Buckling Up: How the Mandatory Seat Belt Law Affects the Seat Belt Defense,” Southwestern University Law Review, Vol 17:3, Spring 1988.

  • Member: Orange County Bar Association (Member, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section); State Bar of California; Orange County Bankruptcy Forum; Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum; American Bankruptcy Institute. As an active member of numerous bankruptcy organizations (mainly in Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties), Mr. Goe keeps current on case law and legal trends in his field. He was the past Chairman (2018), Treasurer (2017) and Secretary (2016) of the Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. Mr. Goe was also the past President (2016), Program Chairman (2015), Secretary (2014), and Treasurer (2013) of the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum, and is the current Membership chair of that organization.

  • Published Decisions: Mr. Goe has numerous published decisions, including the following, which includes a recent reversal from the Third Circuit of Appeals reversing decisions from the Delaware District Court and Bankruptcy Court. In re Healthcare Real Estate Partners, LLC v. Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. et al. (3rd Circuit 2019); In re Wagabaza, 582 B.R. 486 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 2018); In re Popp, 323 B.R. 260 (BAP 9th Cir. 2005); In re Coleman, 275 B.R. 533 (BAP 8th Cir. 2002); In re Palmer, 140 B.R. 765 (Bankr. C.D. Cal 1992); In re Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group, 292 B.R. 415 (BAP 9th Cir. 2003); In re Davey Roofing, 167 B.R. 604 (Bankr. C.D. Cal 1994); In re Landmark Fence Co., 424 B.R. 461 (Bankr. C.D. Cal 2010); In re Emery v. World Savings, 317 F. 3d 1064 (9th Cir. 2003); In re Kamell, 451 B.R. 505 (Bankr. C.D.Cal. 2011); In re Landmark Fence Co., Inc., 2011 WL 6826253 (C.D. Cal. Dec 9, 2011); Legends RE Fund A, LLC v. Thomas Howard J. Williams.

  • Pro Bono: Mr. Goe also takes pride in his Pro Bono commitments, and was the past overseer for the reaffirmation clinics for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Santa Ana Division, and was on the California Bankruptcy Forum Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Goe is also on the Bar Advisory Board for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

  • Speaking Engagements: Rob is regularly asked to speak on bankruptcy related topics as follows: Just recently, on February 22, 2020, he spoke on a panel with Bankruptcy Judge Theodor C. Albert on the recently enacted Small Business Reorganization Act. The following is a partial list of additional speakling engagements – Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section presentation, with the Hon. Theodor C. Albert, United States Bankruptcy Judge, “Review of 9th Circuit Decisions in Bankruptcy 2016”. 2017 Ask Judges’ Night -Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (February 2017). Game Night with the Chapter 7 Trustees (April 2017). Cramdown: Establishing Interest Rates and New Value in Contested Confirmation Proceedings; Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (June 2016). Criminal Law and Bankruptcy Issues; Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (August 2016). Bankruptcy Ethics and Unbundling Legal Services (June 2015); Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. How to be Appealing to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel; Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (October 2015); Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum, February 4, 2014 Moderator for “Ask the Judges Night” Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. Moderator for Attorney Fee Awards for Counsel in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 Proceedings, etc. (June 2014); Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum Bankruptcy Forum; Info Cast Distressed Real Estate Summits; Orange County Bar Association (July 12, 2011: Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section on Individual Chapter 11 Cram-Down proceedings); Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (November 15, 2011: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Tips Panelist); Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (April 21, 2012: Bankruptcy Code Section 523 Program). Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (July 12, 2012: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice Tips; Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (July 17, 2012: Non-Dischargeability II: Taxes, Student Loans and Other Hard to Gets); Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum (May 29, 2012: Non-Dischargeability I: Fraud, Willful and Malicious Injury and Other Nasty Stuff); Orange County Bankruptcy Forum (July and September 2012: Individual Chapter 11 Cases, Parts I and II).

  • Expert Witness:  Based on his expertise in all aspects of bankruptcy law, Rob was recently designated as a bankruptcy expert in Winkour v NVSI, et. al., in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC691016 and in MAACO Franchise, LLC v 5296, LLC et al. in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 5:16-cv-02218-GW-SP.

  • Charitable Causes: The firm takes great pride in its charitable activities and is an active supporter of the Orange County Rescue Mission, being an original and annual sponsor of its Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

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