Honorable Neil W. Bason

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1552 / Courtroom 1545
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-6098 

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-4085
Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1539

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-4951
(213) 894-6084



EXHIBITS to Plan and Disclosure Statement  [MS Excel Version
Sample Plan and Disclosure Statement (Rev. 3/10/14)
Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement [MS Word Version]  
Chapter 11 Plan [MS Word Version
Chapter 11 Case Status Report
[MS Word Version]
Order Setting Combined Hearing on Disclosure Statement & Ch 11 Plan [MS Word VersionInstructions: (1) Lodge the proposed order after a status conference at which the Court establishes the relevant deadlines and hearing date. (2) Do not make any changes to the text of the order. If the lodging party believes that any changes are essential then the proposed changes should be shown in "redlined" format and the Court will remove the redlining before issuing the order.
Sample Order re: Use of Cash Collateral

Chapter 13
Telephonic Instructions

Judge Bason's
Procedures for Telephonic Appearances

Permission to appear telephonically generally will not be given for the following matters: 

  1. Trials and evidentiary hearings (all counsel and all witnesses must appear in person);
  2. Chapter 9 & 11 status conferences (debtor and debtor’s counsel must appear in person at the initial conference; other parties in interest may appear telephonically);
  3. Chapter 9, 11, 12 & 13 disclosure statement or confirmation hearings (debtor, debtor’s counsel, and all objecting creditors must appear in person, but for Chapter 13 confirmation hearings that are uncontested or continued by consent no appearance is required except by counsel for the Chapter 13 trustee);
  4. Reaffirmation hearings (debtor must appear in person; other parties in interest may appear telephonically); or
  5. Any matter designated by the court as requiring a personal appearance.

For other matters, you may request permission to appear by telephone by calling the judge’s law clerk at least 24 hours before the hearing.  The judge does not use Court Call, Tele-Court or other third-party providers – if permission is given to appear by telephone then follow the law clerk’s instructions (which generally will involve chambers calling you at a designated time and transferring the call to the courtroom sound system).  Please note:  (a) use your mute button to avoid interfering with other hearings in progress, (b) no speaker phones allowed ever, (c) no cell phones allowed without a very good reason, and (d) please identify yourself for the record every time you speak.  Recording or retransmission is strictly prohibited and may result in sanctions.

Effective 10/26/12

About the Judge



  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. 1984
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude 1988; Law Review

Career Record:

  • 1988-89, Law Clerk, Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1989-92, Associate, Palmer & Dodge; Edwards & Angell, Massachusetts
  • 1992-00, Private practice; Hovis, Smith, Stewart, Lipscomb & Cross etc., San Francisco, California
  • 2000-08, Law Clerk, Hon. Dennis Montali (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, and Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit)
  • 2008-09, Special Counsel, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C., San Francisco, California
  • 2009-11, Special Counsel, Duane Morris, LLP, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California

Private Practice Specialization:

  • Commercial bankruptcy and insolvency practice, including a focus on secured creditor representation and substantial representation of trustees, receivers, debtors/borrowers, guarantors, unsecured creditors, prospective purchasers of assets out of bankruptcy, parties to executory contracts and unexpired leases, equity holders, and other parties in interest
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