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Randy Nussbaum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Scottsdale, AZ

Sacks Tierney P.A.
4250 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Fourth Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-212-1682
Fax: 480-970-4610
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Arizona Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business (70%), Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%), Business Litigation (10%), Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Italian
Attorney Profile

Randy Nussbaum is a Certified Bankruptcy Specialist (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and a Certified Business Bankruptcy Specialist (American Board of Certification). His areas of practice include complex bankruptcy law, real estate, construction, and contract law.

Randy has represented secured and unsecured creditors, surety companies, creditor committees, lessors, professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, and trustees in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, including adversary actions (bankruptcy litigation).  The cases have involved such diverse matters as real estate, construction, restaurants, manufacturing, trucking, asset-based lending, bankruptcy related to divorce, and high-value, complex individual bankruptcies.

Randy is a respected lecturer and author on topics regarding bankruptcy, construction and real estate for the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Associations, American Bankruptcy Institute and other professional organizations.

About Randy Nussbaum

First Admitted: 1980, Arizona

Professional Webpage: https://www.sackstierney.com/attorneys/nussbaum.htm

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors, Partner Council 100; Scottsdale Community College:  President's Advisory Board; Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Board of Directors; Scottsdale Leadership: Class of 1990, Advisory Board; Scottsdale Historical Society: Board of Directors; Scottsdale Cultural Council: Development Committee. 

Educational Background

  • Arizona State University, B.A., cum laude, 1977;  Arizona State University, J.D., 1980

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy, American Board of Certification, 2005
  • Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Sensible Alternatives to Reorganization” (panel moderator), Insolvency 2020, American Bankruptcy Institute, October 2020, Panel Moderator, Sensible Alternatives to Reorganization, Insolvency 2020, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2020
  • “Is the Newly Enacted Section of the Bankruptcy Code ‘Small Business Reorganization’ a Lifeline or Curse for Debtors and Creditors?” (webinar), Maricopa County Bar Association, May 2020 | PowerPoint PDF and Narrative, Speaker/Presenter, Is the Newly Enacted Section of the Bankruptcy Code ‘Small Business Reorganization’ a Lifeline or Curse for Debtors and Creditors?, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2020
  • “Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Divorce” (PDF), For Better or for Worse, Family Law Institute, January 2020 | PowerPoint PDF, Author/Presenter, Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Divorce, For Better or for Worse, Family Law Institute, 2020
  • “There Is a Place for Mediation in Bankruptcy Court” (PowerPoint PDF), 27th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Las Vegas, September 2019 | PowerPoint PDF, Author/Presenter, There Is a Place for Mediation in Bankruptcy Court, 27th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Las Vegas, 2019
  • 2019 Meritas Financial Services Group Meeting, Scottsdale 2019, Author/Presenter, Pertinent and Timely Bankruptcy Issues, Banking, Healthcare, Restaurants, Retail, 2019
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2019 Family Law Institute, Phoenix, Author/Presenter, Divorce and Bankruptcy: Pertinent Issues Before the Bankrtupcy Court, Individuals, 2019
  • Winter Leadership Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 2018, Author/Presenter, Individual Chapter 11 Cases: Ethical Issues," Winter Leadership Conference, 2019
  • 26th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September 2018, Author/Presenter, How to handle Challenging Clients and Conflict Issues in Individual Cases, 2018
  • 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Denver, January 2018, Author/Presenter, Malpractice Pitfalls in Bankruptcy Debtor Representation, 2018
  • 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Denver, Author/Presenter, Consumer Case Avoidance Issues, 2018
  • 25th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, Coronado, California, Moderator, Hotcakes and Hot Topics: Judges' Roundtable Q&A, 2017
  •  America Bankruptcy Institute, 2016 Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September , Author/Presenter, 80% of Success is Just Showing Up, 2016
  • “Arizona Bankruptcy Laws and Obligations,” Lorman Education Services, November , Author/Presenter, Arizona Bankruptcy Laws and Obligations, 2016
  • “Interplay Between Asset Protection, Estate Planning and Bankruptcy,” American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September , Author/Presenter, “Interplay Between Asset Protection, Estate Planning and Bankruptcy”, 2015
  • “Interplay Between Property of the Estate, Exemptions and Divorce,” American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September , Author/Presenter, Interplay Between Property of the Estate, Exemptions and Divorce, 2015
  • “Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Law,” American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September , Author/Presenter, Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Law, 2015
  • “Interplay Between Divorce and Bankruptcy,” American Bankruptcy Institute 23rd Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, September , Author/Presenter, Interplay Between Divorce and Bankruptcy, 2015
  •  State Bar of Arizona, Ethical Pitfalls for Bankruptcy Practitioners, Phoenix, October , Author/Presenter, The Ethics of Pre-Bankruptcy Planning, 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona, Ethical Pitfalls for Bankruptcy Practitioners, Phoenix, October , Author/Presenter, Conflicts of Interest in Bankruptcy, 2014
  •  State Bar of Arizona, Ethical Pitfalls for Bankruptcy Practitioners, Phoenix, October , Author/Presenter, Ethical Issues in Individual Chapter 11, 2014
  • Ethical Issues in Withdrawing from Bankruptcy Cases(October 2014), Author/Presenter, Ethical Issues in Withdrawing from Bankruptcy Cases, 2014
  • Bankruptcy Law Fundamentals, CLE's Luncheon Series, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2012), Speaker, Exemption, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2012
  • Legends of Bankruptcy, Arizona State Bar Annual Convention, Phoenix Arizona (June 2012), Legends of Bankruptcy, Arizona State Bar, 2012
  • Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures, National Business Institute Boot Camp, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2012), Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures, National Business Institute, 2012
  • Interplay Between Divorce and Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute 20th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (September 2012), Interplay Between Divorce and Bankruptcy, 2012
  • Developing Case Law and Issues on Exemption; Arizona State Bar Convention, Bankruptcy Fundamentals Luncheon Services, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2011), Developing Case Law and Issues on Exemption, Arizona State Bar, 2011
  • Individual Chapter 11 Cases (or too much debt to file chapter 13); Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Alumni Association, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2011), Individual Chapter 11 Cases (or too much debt to file chapter 13), Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law Alumni, 2011
  • Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Creditors and the System; National Business Institute, Collection Law from Start to Finish Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2010), Presenter and Author, Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, National Business Institute, 2010
  • Current Bankruptcy Opinions Including the Supreme Court Cases Holding 1) Bankruptcy Lawyers are Debt Relief Agencies and 2) Allowing Chapter 13 Plan to Discharge a Student Loan;  Arizona Trustee Association Luncheon (April 2010), Presenter and Author, Current Bankruptcy Opinions Including the Supreme Court Cases Holding. 1) Bankruptcy Lawyers are Debt Relief Agencies and 2) Allowing Chapter 13 Plan to Discharge a Student Loan, Arizona Trustee Association, 2010
  • General Bankruptcy Appellate Tips; Maricopa County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Section CLE, The Bankruptcy Appeals Process Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2010), Presenter and Author, General Bankruptcy Appellate Tips, MCBA, 2010
  • Malpractice Tips and Getting Paid; Maricopa County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law 101: Session II, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2010), Presenter and Author, Malpractice Tips and Getting Paid, MCBA, 2010
  • Short Sales; Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits; Unresolved Deficiency Issues; Scottsdale Bar Association (March 2010), Presenter and Author, Short Sales; Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits, SBA, 2010
  • Short Sales; Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits; Unresolved Deficiency Issues; Arizona Best Real Estate Seminar (February 2010), Presenter and Author, Short Sales; Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits, Arizona Best Real Estate, 2010
  • Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13; Lorman Education Services, Bankruptcy in Arizona Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (January 2010), Presenter and Author, Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13, Bankruptcy In Arizona, 2010
  • Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits and Unresolved Deficiency Issues; Phoenix Association of Realtors; Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors; West Maricopa Association of Realtors; Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors, The Future of Short Sales and the Arizona Economy Seminars (November 2009), Presenter and Author, Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits and Unresolved Deficiency Issues, Arizona Association Of Realtors, 2009
  • What Judges, Clerks and Trustees Want you to Know; Panel Member, National Business Institute Trial Practice Judicial Forum, Bankruptcy Forum, Phoenix, Arizona (October 2009), Presenter, What Judges, Clerks and Trustees Want you to Know, National Business Institute Trial Practice Judicial Forum, 2009
  • Interplay between Divorce and Bankruptcy and Chapter 13/Divorce; PESI Arizona Bankruptcy Practice Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 2009), Presenter and Author, Interplay between Divorce and Bankruptcy and Chapter 13/Divorce, 2009
  • Short Sales; Arizona Trustee Association, 22nd Annual ATA Convention & Education Seminar, Sedona, Arizona (September 2009), Presenter and Author, Short Sales, ATA, 2009
  • Prebankruptcy Planning; American Bankruptcy Institute, 17th Annual Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (September 2009), Presenter and Author, Prebankruptcy Planning, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2009
  • Short Sales; Debtors’ Counsel Network, Real Estate and Mortgage Workshop, Mesa, Arizona (September 2009), Presenter and Author, Short Sales, Debtors’ Counsel Network, 2009
  • Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Creditors and the System; Arizona Collectors Association, Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona (September 2009), Presenter and Author, Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Arizona Collectors Association, 2009
  • Options Available to a Creditor to Obtain Payment from a Contractor Despite the Contractor’s Bankruptcy filing; Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Creditors and the System; Chapter 13/Divorce; Maricopa County Bar Association, Bankruptcy for Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2009), Presenter and Author, Options Available to a Creditor to Obtain Payment from a Contractor Despite the Contractor’s Bankruptcy filing; Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Creditors and the System; Chapter 13/Divorce, MCBA, 2009
  • Short Sales; State Bar of Arizona, 2009 Annual Convention, Phoenix, Arizona (June 2009), Presenter and Author, Short Sales, State Bar Of Arizona, 2009
  • Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, Creditors and the System; National Business Institute, Collection Law from Start to Finish Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (May 2009), Presenter and Author, Bankruptcy Reform and its Impact on the Debtors, National Business Institute, 2009
  • Can Individual Debtors Benefit by Filing Chapter 11 Instead of Chapter 13?; The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Alumni Association, The Consummate Chapter 13 Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2009), Presenter and Author, Can Individual Debtors Benefit by Filing Chapter 11 Instead of Chapter 13?, The Sandra Day O’Connor College Of Law Alumni Association, 2009
  • Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13; Scottsdale Bar Association, The Down & Dirty Nuts & Bolts of Consumer and Commercial Bankruptcy Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (March 2009), Presenter and Author, Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13, Scottsdale Bar Association, 2009
  • Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13; NACM Healthcare Credit Exchange Group, Overview of Bankruptcy Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (February 2009), Presenter and Author, Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13, NACM Healthcare Credit Exchange Group, 2009
  • Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13; East Valley Bar Association, Bankruptcy for the Non-Bankruptcy Practitioner Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (February 2009), Presenter and Author, Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13, East Valley Bar Association, 2009
  • Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits; AZ Short Sale Experts, in conjunction with The Real Estate Academy of Learning; Short Sale Issues in Real Estate: an Industry Forum Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (February 2009), Presenter and Author, Arizona Mortgage Deficiency Lawsuits, AZ Short Sale Experts, 2009
  • Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13; Lorman Education Services, Bankruptcy Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona (January 2009), Presenter and Author, Fundamentals of Chapter 7; Chapter 13, Lorman Education Services, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bankruptcy Institute:  Co-Chair, Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, 2013-2018, 2020
  • Turnaround Management Association, 2020
  • Bankruptcy Section, State Bar of Arizona, 2020
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, 2020
  • Scottsdale Bar Association, 2020
  • Real Property Section, State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • Construction Law Section, State Bar of Arizona, 2019
  • Admitted to Arizona State Bar, 1980
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1980
  • Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1980

Honors/Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year": Bankruptcy Litigation (Scottsdale), 2021  , Lawyer of the Year (Scottsdale) Bankruptcy Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year": Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights (Scottsdale), 2019, Lawyer of the Year (Scottsdale) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, The Best Lawyers in America®, 2019
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2010 to present; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2011 to present; Commercial Litigation, Construction Law - 2016 to present; Banking and Finance Litigation, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, 2022, The Best Lawyers in America® , The Best Lawyers in America® , 2022
  • Super Lawyers:  Bankruptcy, 2007-present, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Super Lawyers: Top 50 (Arizona)  2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022, Super Lawyers: Top 50 (Arizona) , Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, 1997-present, AV Preeminent® Rating , Martindale-Hubbell®, 2021
  • Az Business Magazine, 2010-to present, Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona, Arizona Business Magazine, 2021
  • Arizona Finest Lawyers, 2009 - present, Arizona's Finest Lawyers, Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2020
  • AzBusinessLeaders (Law: Bankruptcy/Reorganization), AzBusinessLeaders (Law: Bankruptcy/Reorganization), Arizona Business Magazine, 2020
  • Inductee into Hall of Fame, Scottsdale History Hall of Fame Inductee, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, 2018
  • Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce:  Volunteer of the Year, Segner Award, 2017, Volunteer of the Year, Segner Award, Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, 2017
  • Scottsdale Leadership Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, 2012, Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award , Scottsdale Leadership, 2012
  • Scottsdale Bar Association: Award of Excellence, 2011, Award of Excellence, Scottsdale Bar Association, 2011
  • Arizona State University Law School Alumnus of the Year, 2003, Alumus of the Year, Arizona State University Law School, 2003

Industry Groups

  • Agriculture
  • Corporations
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Small Business
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Office Location for Randy Nussbaum

4250 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Fourth Floor
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Last Updated: 10/28/2021

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