Gerald L. Shelley

Gerald practices in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, litigation and business restructuring and reorganization. He has handled insolvency and reorganization cases in a variety of industries, including real estate, agriculture, mining, transportation, retail, franchising and licensing, health care, manufacturing, non-profit, and e-commerce. He represents lenders, secured and unsecured, committees, debtors, trustees, examiners, purchasers and other parties affected by or connected to an insolvency or bankruptcy. He has also handled cross-border insolvency issues involving Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, where his Spanish fluency assists.


  • J.D., Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Mooreman, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Arizona 1985-1987
  • Nationally Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification

Areas of Practice

We have one of the largest and active Southwestern bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legal practices.


  • Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Reorganized several golf courses in the greater Phoenix area.
  • Represented banks and private lenders seeking stay relief.
  • Represented Wall Street lender with "Zone of Insolvency" issues.
  • Represented official committee in hedge fund bankruptcy with Ponzi Scheme implications
  • Represented parties with interests in airline bankruptcies, both national and international.
  • Represented an international financial institution in its defense of a cramdown plan relating to low income housing apartments.
  • Represented various defendants in large and complex preference and avoidance cases.
  • Represented utility companies in rearranging or terminating contracts with Enron Power Marketing Corporation.
  • Represented the State of Arizona's health care agency in dealing with a hospital in Chapter 11.

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2013-2020
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, 2014-2019
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles And Presentations


  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Risk Management Association
  • Member, INSOL International
  • Member, East Valley Partnership


  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Pro hac vice admissions in other districts throughout the United States, including Bankruptcy Courts in California, Utah, Nevada, Kentucky and New York.


  • Spanish, Fluent