Dinsmore California Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers

March 27, 2020News Releases

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to announce four of its attorneys – Mikel R. Bistrow, Christopher Celentino, Joseph S. Leventhal and Peter J. Mastan - have been named to the California Super Lawyers list for 2020.

Attorneys on the Super Lawyers list are selected by a multi-phase process that takes into account independent research, peer evaluations and professional achievement. The exclusive list recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys.

Mikel R. Bistrow is a partner in San Diego working with the corporate and transactional department focusing her practice on commercial finance and lending. Her finance clients include lenders and borrowers in documenting, negotiating and restructuring real and personal property loans and secured transactions. Bistrow is a founding member of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum and a former member of its board of directors, as well as a former member of the board of directors of the California Bankruptcy Forum. She also serves as a mediator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.  

Christopher Celentino is a partner in San Diego and focuses his practice on creditor's rights, fiduciary services litigation, business reorganization and workouts, and insolvency and bankruptcy law. He has knowledge in mechanic's lien law and related construction litigation matters, as well as family law and related dissolution matters. His creditor's rights practice emphasizes representing lenders and borrowers in workout and restructuring of commercial loans, secured transactions, and lease transactions, and pursuit of creditor's remedies in commercial litigation matters.

Joseph S. Leventhal is the office managing partner of the San Diego office and a member of Dinsmore’s litigation department focusing on representing clients of all sizes. Leventhal has successfully represented high-profile companies in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. His practice spans all areas of business litigation, including the defense of class actions, patent litigation, complex contract matters and white collar defense. This is the fifth year that Leventhal has been named to the Super Lawyers list. He was previously named to the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” list and a “Top Attorney” for Corporate Litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript

Peter J. Mastan is the office managing partner of the Los Angeles office and a member of Dinsmore’s corporate department. He focuses his practice on bankruptcy law, commercial and business litigation, and receiverships. His clients include bankruptcy trustees, receivers, businesses, creditors, government entities, litigants in bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and those interested in buying assets from bankruptcy and/or receivership estates. Mastan is also experienced in international judgment recovery actions, having orchestrated such efforts around the world in Sweden, Austria, the Cook Islands and other areas.

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The Rising Stars list recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less and have went through the Super Lawyers selection process.