Mr. Diaz began his legal career representing creditors. In particular, Mr. Diaz was instrumental in developing, filing, and confirming numerous creditor plans of reorganization in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. This unique experience representing creditors ensures he can better represent his current clients by anticipating the arguments and strategies creditors will use during bankruptcy proceedings.
Following his experience representing creditors, Mr. Diaz accepted a position as a Chapter 13 Standing Trustee for the District of Utah. In this capacity, he administered more than 20,000 cases and distributed over $114 million to creditors over eleven years. He was also instrumental in making changes in the Chapter 13 bankruptcy practice in Utah. These changes include implementing the combined consent confirmation and claims objection process and the use of a one page plan and an administrative abatements procedure. Mr. Diaz has also worked with the Utah Bankruptcy Bar to develop many of the forms that bankruptcy practitioners use in Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Additionally, his extensive bankruptcy experience means that he is often invited to give seminars and serve on panels regarding bankruptcy issues.
Seminars and Panels
- Utah State Bar Spring Meeting in St. George, Utah (2009)
- Utah Bankruptcy Forum Meeting in St. George, Utah (2007)
- Training seminar for the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah Clerk’s Office (2002)
- Semi-annual Continuing Legal Education seminars for Chapter 13 practitioners approved by the Utah State Bar (1997-2002)
- National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Seminar in St. Louis, Missouri (2000)
- Utah State Bar New Lawyers CLE (1998)
- Utah State Bar Annual Meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho (1998)
- “Deficiency Judgment Denied for Failure to Conduct Commercially Reasonable Sale,” 1983 Utah Law Review 1, p. 262
- “Utah Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Laws, Scope of Employment,” 1983 Utah Law Review 3, p. 593
- “Attorney’s Fees in Bankruptcy Cases,” 1984 Utah Law Review 3, p. 543
- “Personal Obligation to Pay Real Property Taxes in Utah: Dillman v. Foster,” 1983 Utah Law Review 4, p. 845