Josh Mester's practice concentrates on complex corporate reorganization and bankruptcy matters and distressed litigation. Josh has represented debtors, creditors, and shareholders in some of the largest restructuring cases across a variety of industries, including gaming and entertainment, health care, retail, media, professional sports, airlines, and utilities.
Josh is currently representing shareholders of PG&E Corporation in the largest restructuring in California. Josh's recent creditor representations include senior creditors holding more than $7 billion in debt of iHeartCommunications and second priority noteholders of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, where Jones Day negotiated a settlement that resulted in more than $3 billion of additional value for noteholders. He also represents debtors in creatively solving financial challenges, such as his recent out-of-court restructurings for ContextMedia Health, LLC, a health care media company.
Before joining Jones Day in May 2012, Josh was a crucial member of the legal team that represented the Los Angeles Dodgers on its chapter 11 case resulting in a $2 billion sale of the team. He also represented a number of debtors in chapter 11 proceedings, including California Coastal Communities, Factory 2-U Stores, LTV Steel Company, Solidus Networks, and Weststar Cinemas. He represented creditors, creditor groups, indenture trustees, and other parties in interest in chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts across the county. In addition, he was a key member of the trial team that obtained an $80 million judgment for Hawaiian Airlines against Mesa Air Group arising from Mesa's breach of a confidentiality agreement.
Divided Ninth Circuit Rules That Unimpaired Unsecured Creditors of a Solvent Debtor May Be Entitled to Post-Petition Interest at Contract or State Default Rates
Ninth Circuit Rules That Hypothetical Preference Actions May Be Considered in Applying the Greater Amount Test
- University of San Francisco (J.D. 1997); Georgetown University (B.S. 1994)
Super Lawyers (2013-2016) and "Rising Star" (2006-2012)
- Law Clerk to Hon. Erithe A. Smith, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California (1998-1999)