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Gary B. Rudolph practices in the area of bankruptcy and other insolvency problems, representing trustees, creditors and debtors in commercial bankruptcies. His representation in the Bankruptcy Court includes official unsecured creditor committees, bankruptcy trustees, corporate Chapter 7 debtors, Chapter 11 debtors-in-possession, and creditors in all bankruptcy matters.

Mr. Rudolph is a mediator for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California, and was chosen as the outstanding mediator by the Judges of the Bankruptcy Court in 1991. He has also qualified and served as a bankruptcy examiner and as an expert witness in bankruptcy matters.

Mr. Rudolph has been appointed to serve on the Insolvency Law Committee (ILC) of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and is currently the co-chair for 2019/2020. He was previously the chair of the ILC Legislative Subcommittee.

Mr. Rudolph served as the co-chair of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section for 2015, its chair for 2016-2017, and the vice chair for 2017-2019. He was a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and served as president in 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Rudolph serves on the Advisory Committee for the Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California and was on the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Selection Committee for the Southern District of California for 2015 and 2016.  In 2019, Mr. Rudolph was honored for his volunteer service in the bankruptcy community by the Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of California.

He also serves on the Advisory Panel for the Bankruptcy Self-Help Center at the Bankruptcy Court through the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, and is also a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustee Rules Committee.


  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1981
  • American University, M.S., 1976
  • American University, B.S., 1975


Mr. Rudolph holds a Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating. He was recognized in 2019 as one of the West Coast’s Top Rated Lawyers and named a 2012 Top Rated Southern California Lawyer by Martindale‐Hubbell and American Lawyer Media.

He was recognized by San Diego Magazine as a Top San Diego Lawyer in 2016-2019. He was named in the top 1% and listed as a 2017 Top Lawyer in San Diego by The American Registry. He was also named a 2017 Top Lawyer in California by The Legal Network and “Best of the Best” for 2016.

As a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, he has lectured at its national conferences. He also lectures locally for the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, Bankruptcy Section of the San Diego County Bar, California Receivers Forum, and has hosted radio segments on ESPN Talk Radio. He is also a frequent author on bankruptcy related issues.


Mr. Rudolph is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, San Diego Receivers Forum, California Bankruptcy Forum, California Receivers Forum, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, American Bankruptcy Institute and Federal Bankruptcy Association.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and of all District Courts in California, and of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has been successful in argument. He is also licensed in the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Rudolph is a member of the Audit Committee for Angels Foster Family Network, and served a six year term on the board of directors and as treasurer. Previously, he was on the board for Harmonium Inc., providing after school programs for San Diego’s children. He earlier served as an editor and staff writer for the California Western School of Law Review, and was a collegiate member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society at American University, where he graduated with honors.