Robert A. Trodella, Jr.


Trodella & Lapping LLP
Mill Valley

Tel: 415.381.1280


Rob began his career as a banker, graduating from Union Bank’s commercial lending training program, followed by several years as a relationship manager providing working capital, acquisition, and asset based loan facilities to middle-market companies, and real estate construction loans to homebuilders.  He then went to law school and has spent the last two-plus decades representing lenders and borrowers across a range of industries and types, in virtually all aspects of financial transactions and disputes.

His experience for lenders and borrowers includes syndicated, asset-based, DIP, REPO, leveraged, senior, subordinated, and cross-border loan facilities, as well as the restructuring, bankruptcy, and litigation matters related to them.  In that regard his practice differs from traditional finance attorneys, in that Rob has led multiple litigation and contested motion matters in and outside of bankruptcy court, which has informed his approach to the structuring of transactions on the front end.

Companies Rob has represented include Total Gas & Power, Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank, SunPower Corporation, Apple Inc., MasterCard, University of San Francisco, Kimpton Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, GE Capital, Strategic Restaurants Acquisition Company, Countrywide Corporation, Washington Mutual Bank, Credit Suisse, and Dine, S.A.B. de C.V.

Rob is a frequent speaker and writer on lending, real estate, corporate governance, and bankruptcy related topics.  He has presented at the annual meetings for the California State Bar, the California Bankruptcy Forum, the Arizona State Bar, and multiple financial institutions, and has been published by the American Bankruptcy Institute and The Deal Pipeline.  He is a former member of the California State Bar’s Uniform Commercial Code Committee, where he helped draft that Committee’s Hidden Liens Report for use by commercial law practitioners.

We regularly represent lenders and borrowers in the structuring and documentation of commercial and real estate financings, including originations, restructurings, and the disposition of non-performing loans. Our practice includes asset-based lending, homebuilder finance and acquisition financings, as well as debtor-in-possession financings.  On the lender side we have represented financial institutions as well as investors as they shift their investments from equity to debt.

We are experienced in both syndicated as well as single-lender transactions, and have significant experience representing administrative agents both on the front-end, as well as in connection with workouts and bankruptcies. On the borrower side, we have counseled companies on the appropriate structuring of acquisition, real estate development, and working capital facilities, as well as on the restructuring of troubled credits.

Trodella & Lapping LLP was formed in response to a simple fact: clients want expertise and service from their lawyers, not unnecessary expense resulting from high overhead.

We worked for years at prominent global law firms, where we developed the trust of our clients to solve their most difficult problems. Our commitment to providing attentive and thoughtful service has not changed. But our overhead has. We rely on the efficient use of technology to reduce costs, while ensuring that our clients have around-the-clock access to senior attorneys to provide guidance and counsel.

Rob and Rich have almost fifty-years of combined legal experience across a variety of industries and practice areas. Rob was a real estate finance and business restructuring partner at Jones Day, and a shareholder in the business restructuring group at Heller Ehrman; before that he was a real estate attorney with Baker & McKenzie.  Rich was a partner in Winston & Strawn’s business restructuring group; before that he was with Thelen LLP, where he served as the managing partner of that firm’s San Francisco office and chair of its bankruptcy department.

Although our combined experience allows us to counsel clients on a broad array of business issues and transactions, and to enforce their rights when controversies arise, we have a particular depth of expertise in several key practice areas.