Dustin P. Branch


Tel 424.204.4354
Fax 424.204.4350
Los Angeles

Dustin Branch has more than 20 years of experience relating to commercial real estate and bankruptcy issues. Dustin represents owners, developers and managers of shopping centers and other commercial properties and advises them on a variety of issues, including bankruptcy, leasing, sale, and restructuring of distressed real estate, letter of credit and other credit enhancement issues, as well as general issues relating to landlord/tenant disputes, breach of contract, ADA compliance, and public access.

Dustin specializes in representing landlords and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts across the country, and has been engaged in such high profile cases as Ascena, GNC, JC Penney, Stein Mart, Tailored Brands, California Pizza Kitchen, Sur La Table, Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Aldo, Modell’s, Stage Stores, Claire’s, Bon Ton’s, Eddie Bauer, Linens 'n Things, Circuit City, Blockbuster, Borders, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Radio Shack, and Sports Authority. Dustin is a long-time member of International Council of Shopping Centers, and sits on its Legal Update board. He is a frequent writer and speaker on bankruptcy and landlord issues.

Professional Activities

American Bankruptcy Institute

International Council of Shopping Centers

Board Memberships

International Council of Shopping Centers, Member, Legal Update Board

SEAL Future Fund, Board of Directors

Recent Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Can I 'Draft Around' the Bankruptcy Code?" Bankruptcy Issues for Leasing Lawyers, ICSC 2013 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference, San Diego, October 16, 2013

Recent Publications

Co-author, "Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale," Ballard Spahr alert, July 18, 2017 

"Calculation of Section 502(b)(6) Rejection Damages," ICSC Shopping Center Legal Update, June 2015

"Bankruptcy Court Finds Tenant Cannot Assume Commercial Lease After Waiving Rights to Seek Relief From Forfeiture Under California Law," Client Alert, September 24, 2014

"California Court of Appeal Allows Tenant's Fraud Suit Against Shopping Center Landlord Based on Estimates for Real Property Taxes, Insurance and Common Area Maintenance Fees in Letter of Intent to Proceed," Client Alert, August 21, 2013

"Be Prepared: New Commercial Lease Disclosure Requirements Under California Disability Access Laws Take Effect July 1, 2013," Client Alert, April 12, 2013

"US Supreme Court Upholds Right of Secured Creditors to Credit Bid Under Chapter 11 Plan," Client Alert, June 5, 2012

"Delaware Bankruptcy Court Dismisses Chapter 11 Petition of Mezzanine Borrower as Filed in Bad Faith," Client Alert, January 24, 2012 

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, finance - restructuring (including bankruptcy) - municipal, 2017


University of San Diego School of Law (J.D. 1994, cum laude)
Member, San Diego Law Review

University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1991)


U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California