Robert S. Marticello

Top rated Bankruptcy attorney in Costa Mesa, California

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP
Robert S. Marticello
Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 2006

Education: California Western School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2018

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP

3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Visit website


As a partner at Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP, Robert S. Marticello is dedicated to serving clients in Orange County and Los Angeles County, California. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy* and insolvency, generally handling cases involving Chapter 7 and 11 filings, bankruptcy avoidance actions, nondischargeability actions and business litigation matters.

Mr. Marticello was selected as an emerging leader by the American Bankruptcy Institute for its inaugural “40 Under 40″ award.  The organization recognized him as one of the top insolvency professionals under the age of 40 in the United States.  This is the second time in five years that Mr. Marticello has won a Top 40 award recognizing emerging talent.  In 2012, he was selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program, which is designed for 40 “up and coming” bankruptcy attorneys in the country.

Mr. Marticello earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from California State University, Chico before going on to attend the California Western School of Law, from which he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 2005. While attending law school, Mr. Marticello was a member of the school's law review.

Serving as the law clerk for a number of judges for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Mr. Marticello gained valuable knowledge about the bankruptcy process and system. He draws on this experience to help obtain favorable resolutions to his clients' legal issues.

Mr. Marticello understands that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for business and bankruptcy-related matters. He emphasizes meeting his clients' short- and long-term needs. Mr. Marticello listens to his clients' goals and offers them customized, compassionate guidance. His dedication has earned Mr. Marticello an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Staying active in the legal community is a priority for Mr. Marticello. He served as the California Bankruptcy Forum's president, and he previously served as director and president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.

*Mr. Marticello is a debt relief agent. He helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice areas

Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation

Focus areas

Bankruptcy Law

  • 70% Bankruptcy: Business
  • 30% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 2006, California

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, 2010-2011
  • Secretary, California Bankruptcy Forum, 2013
  • Director, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, 2008-2011
  • President, California Bankruptcy Forum, 2015
  • Co-Chair, Turnaround Management Association Western Regional Conference, 2013
  • Treasurer, California Bankruptcy Forum, 2012
  • Vice President, California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, California Western Law Review, Californian Western School of Law
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers Magazine
Educational Background:
  • California State University
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Lead attorney for debtor-in-possession and "first-chaired" week-long contested chapter 11 plan confirmation trial, 2012-2013
  • Selected to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Next Generation Program
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Sports Team Bankruptcies: Home Runs or Strikeouts, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2011
  • MCLE Program, Speaker, Rules of the Game: Sports Teams in Bankruptcy, Peter Elliot Inn Of Court, 2011
  • Speaker, Chapter 11 Recent Developments, OCBA Commercial Law And Bankruptcy, 2014
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Confirmed Chapter 11 Plan, on behalf of Chapter 11 Trustee, in LBREP/L-SunCal Master I, LLC, et al., which involved the sale of real property for $71 million., 2011
  • Confirmed Chapter 11 Plan proposing to pay crediors in full, on behalf of the Committee of Creditors Holding Unsecured Claims, in the case of East Coast Foods, Inc., which owns and operates Roscoe's Chicken 'N' Waffles restuarants., 2018
  • Confirmed Chapter 11 Plan, on behalf of the debtor-in-possession, in Bethany Holdings Austin Apartments, LLC, et al., 2010

Office location for Robert S. Marticello

3200 Park Center Drive
Suite 250
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-445-1000


6 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2018

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