Judge Richie Neiter, RIP

News from Judge Sheri Bluebond today,

Retired bankruptcy judge Richard Neiter passed away yesterday.  The funeral will be Monday, January 13, at 2 PM at Hillside Memorial Park

I appeared in front of him many times.  He was a gentleman and a scholar.

Message from Kailey Wright:

It is with sorrow that we announce the loss of one of the pillars of our bankruptcy community, Hon. Richard M. Neiter (1937-2020).  Richard Neiter served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California for ten (10) years until his retirement from the bench in 2016.  His chambers was in Los Angeles.  He began his distinguished legal career in 1963 as a member of the prestigious firm of Stutman Treister & Glatt, PC, a Los Angeles based law firm with a national practice specializing in bankruptcy reorganization and creditor rights where he stayed until he became a judge in 2006.  While at Stutman, he worked on many significant reorganization cases and frequently mediated cases in Delaware and in California.  A graduate of USC Law Center, he served as a board member of its Law Review and also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of its Alumni Association in 1986.

Judge Neiter was active in numerous bar associations and community organizations such as the LA County Bar Association Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, the ABA, ABI, and served as a Chairman of the Debtor, Creditor and Bankruptcy Committee for the State Bar.  He was a former President of Temple Judea and Chair of the San Fernando Valley Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation Counsel of Los Angeles.  He was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations throughout his career.

Judge Neiter taught by example and made a positive impact on every person whose life he has touched.  His genuine interest in the well-being and opinion of others has made him a great mentor, friend, and counselor to so many individuals.  He is an exemplar of how to be an exceptional advocate and a consummate gentleman.  He was of the old guard who always exercised civility and commanded respect in his courtroom.  A lover of contemporary art, he enjoyed exposing others to its dynamic concepts and subjects that advocate cultural diversity and breaking from tradition.

He leaves behind his wife, Lois, children, Mark and Deborah, their spouses, and his five grandsons.  He will be sorely missed and remembered fondly.

Funeral services will be held on January 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City.  Information regarding donations to nonprofit organizations, in lieu of flowers, will follow.  Sympathy cards may be sent c/o Lovee Sarenas, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, 633 West 5th Street, Suite 4000, Los Angeles, CA 90071 which will be collected and delivered to Judge Neiter’s family.


Kailey Wright

LABF President 2019-2020

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