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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) 894-1276

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



Order Setting Combined Hearing on Disclosure Statement & Ch 11 Plan [MS Word Version] Rev. 7/20/20


  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

NOTE: The Chapter 11 Plan, Disclosure Statement, and Worksheet have all been superseded by the official forms available at these links: Chapter 11 Plan and Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement, also available on the court's main page under the Forms tab.

Chapter 13
Telephonic Instructions

Judge Bason's
Procedures for Telephonic Appearances

**Until further notice, ALL PARTIES ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR BY TELEPHONE ON ALL MATTERS, including Chapter 13 matters, except evidentiary hearings.  If you have an evidentiary hearing or trial scheduled, call chambers (213) 894-6098 to discuss arrangements.  For chapter 13 matters, such as the procedures for showing the Chapter 13 Trustee proof of last-minute payments, check the Trustee’s procedures. 

To make arrangements to appear by telephone contact CourtCall at (888) 882-6878.  Parties who are not represented by an attorney will be able to use CourtCall for free through 9/30/20.  Attorneys will receive a 25% discount. 

To be clear, the foregoing notice supersedes the normal telephonic appearance procedures (set forth below) until further notice.  Please continue to monitor this website for updates.  Thank you.

Telephonic appearances are NOT permitted for the following matters: 

  1. Trials and evidentiary hearings (all counsel and all witnesses must appear in person);
  2. Initial Chapter 11 status conferences (debtor and debtor’s counsel must appear in person at the initial conference; other parties in interest may appear telephonically);
  3. Confirmation hearings (chapter 11, 13) (note: appearances generally are excused for Chapter 13 confirmation hearings that are uncontested or continued by consent, per Judge Bason’s posted procedures);
  4. Chapter 13: 11am calendar
  5. Reaffirmation hearings (debtor must appear in person; other parties in interest may appear telephonically); 
  6. Chapter 9 or 12 matters; or
  7. Any matter designated by the court as requiring a personal appearance.

You may appear by telephone for ALL other matters, WITHOUT prior approval from the Court, unless the tentative ruling or an order of the court specifically requires appearances in person.  To appear by telephone, follow these procedures:

  1. Register with CourtCall (an independent conference call company, at 866-582-6878 or in time to be included in the telephonic appearance calendar that it transmits to the court (generally it transmits the calendar the evening prior to the hearing).  In a true emergency, you may telephone chambers after this deadline to request that the court authorize CourtCall to add you to the list after the deadline. 
  2. Mute your telephone to avoid interfering with other hearings in progress. 
  3. Noise, poor sound quality, or lack of standard telephone etiquette must be immediately corrected or it will result in terminating your privilege to appear by telephone, and possibly other sanctions or remedies such as being disconnected from the hearing – you are permitted to use mobile phones etc., but you do so at your own risk.  (Any fee that you paid to CourtCall for the appearance will not be refunded.)
  4. Identify yourself for the record every time you speak.  Note: The judge permits parties to listen in without identifying themselves, subject to the usual rules about sealing the courtroom etc.
  5. Recording or retransmission is strictly prohibited and may result in sanctions. 

Effective 07/22/20

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
Tentative Rulings
Chambers Employment




  • Next Term of Employment: August/Sept. 2022 to August/Sept. 2023
  • Applications Accepted Beginning: June 2021


  • Currently accepting applications for Fall 2020

Information for Applicants: Employees of the United States Bankruptcy Court serve on an "AT WILL" basis and are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

  • Due to the volume of applications received, communication will only be with those individuals who will be invited to interview for the position.
  • Interviewees are subject to a full National Crime Information Center (NCIC) background check and FBI fingerprint analysis.
  • The court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the announcement without prior notice.
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or a noncitizen eligible for employment by the federal judiciary.

Applications:  Judge Bason accepts applications for his open law clerk position via online submission through the OSCAR website (, and accepts applications for his open law clerk and externship positions via hard copy submission to chambers at the address below, or via email to  Applicants must provide a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript, writing sample, and a list of at least three references, including telephone contact information.  

United States Bankruptcy Court
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
Attn: Rebecca Wicks, Law Clerk to the Honorable Neil W. Bason
255 East Temple Street, Suite 1552
Los Angeles, California 90012



For a description of Judge Bason’s clerkship opportunities and the terms of employment, please see his posting on OSCAR (


Time commitment, and lack of payment.  Externships may be either full time or part time.  
Full-time:  five days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Part-time:  at least 16 hours per week, with at least two days 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
The position is unpaid.

Experience.  Judge Bason prefers to grant externships to law school students who have completed at least the first year of law school, but does make exceptions.  Judge Bason also grants externships to law school graduates, and does not require that the extern take or pass the California bar exam.

Job Description.  Judge Bason’s externs are exposed to a wide variety of opportunities both in chambers and around the courthouse.  Externs are encouraged to sit in on hearings, including hearings held by any of the other Bankruptcy Judges or other Federal Judges in the building.  

An extern begins his or her semester by reviewing basic bankruptcy concepts and the Bankruptcy Code and Rules.  Law clerks carefully review each topic with the externs and Judge Bason discusses his stance on certain unclear or controversial areas of bankruptcy law that chambers staff see on a daily basis.  Externs are also encouraged to attend a day-long training conducted by bankruptcy judges and other highly experienced bankruptcy professionals, covering everything from jurisdictional authority to ethical limits for externs.

Once the initial overview is complete, law clerks work with the extern to teach him or her how to prepare Judge Bason for routine motions - i.e., relief from stay motions (see 11 U.S.C. § 362) and motions to avoid liens (see 11 U.S.C. §§ 506, 1322(b)(2)).  Law clerks spend a significant amount of time discussing the policy behind the workup and analysis before giving an extern his or her first assignment.  During this period, an extern attends Judge Bason’s hearings on these matters.  The extern also has the opportunity to observe Judge Bason’s chapter 11 calendars before which Judge Bason discusses the matter and any pertinent issues with the extern.  Judge Bason allows extra time during these discussions for the extern to ask questions.

Once an extern masters the analysis for routine motions/applications, Judge Bason and/or the law clerks also assign the extern either writing assignments based on substantively complicated motions or research assignments for Judge Bason’s long-term review of cases.  Depending on the complexity of the assignment, an extern may receive more than one assignment at a time.  The law clerks review each assignment and give the extern an opportunity to edit his or her writing before Judge Bason reviews the work.

If an appellate court publishes a pertinent decision during an extern’s time with Judge Bason, Judge Bason generally asks externs to review the decision and prepare for a discussion with chambers staff.  The extern should be prepared to discuss the facts of the case as well as the merits.

Externs receive a lot of contact and feedback from the law clerks and Judge Bason but they work independently and are encouraged to think outside the box.  They are expected to approach their work with dedication, professionalism, and enthusiasm.

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