Marcus O. Colabianchi


  • Marcus O. Colabianchi
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3101

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127

Marcus O. Colabianchi practices in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and real estate law in the San Francisco office of Duane Morris. He also serves on the firm's Professional Standards Committee, which,  among other tasks, evaluates and presents candidates for elevation to partnership.

Mr. Colabianchi's bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice includes representing secured and unsecured creditors, financial institutions, business debtors, chapter 7 and chapter 11 trustees, committees, leasing companies, and receivers in all facets of corporate bankruptcy cases and litigation. He handles a variety of complex litigation, workout, restructuring and insolvency matters for lenders and special servicers for REMIC trusts involving Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) loans. Mr. Colabianchi also serves as oversight counsel for special servicers in bankruptcy cases in multiple jurisdictions and states.

Mr. Colabianchi's real estate practice includes representation of commercial developers, owners, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in all aspects of disputes concerning commercial properties. His practice includes resolving disputes involving complex commercial lease defaults, breaches of guaranties, mortgage fraud, real estate secured transaction issues, lender liability issues, easements, eminent domain issues and other real estate-related issues.

Regardless of the matter or industry, Mr. Colabianchi handles each case in a cost-efficient manner designed to obtain results consistent with each client’s business interests and legal objectives.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "M&A in Higher Education: A View from the Trenches," Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities - Finance Officer and General Counsel Conference, October 7, 2022
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy 101: General Bankruptcy," Client Seminar, September 7, 2022
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy 201: Issues Affecting Secured Creditors,” Client Seminar, May 27, 2021
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy 101: General Bankruptcy," Client Seminar, May 26, 2021
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy 101: General Bankruptcy,” Client Seminar, April 28, 2020
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy 101 & Bankruptcy 201," Client Seminar, Webinar, April 2020
  • Co-Producer, "What Planet are You On? An Examination of Caselaw Influencing Corporate Debtors to Seek Bankruptcy Protection in Jurisdictions other than California," 31st Annual Conference of the California Bankruptcy Forum, 2019

  • Moderator, "Unique Issues for Special Servicers," Trigild Lender Conference, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, October 18, 2018

  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Refresher: Issues Affecting Secured Lenders," Client Seminar, January 11, 2018

  • Speaker, "Leases: Collateral That Matters," Client Seminar, September 21, 2017
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Issues Affecting Secured Lenders," Client Seminar, April 6, 2017
  • Speaker, "What To Do When a Bankruptcy Case Falls On Your Desk," The State Bar of California: Solo & Small Firm Summit, 2016
  • Speaker, "Leases: Collateral That Matters," Client Seminar, October 20, 2016
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Refresher," Client Seminar, October 19, 2016
  • Speaker, "Attorney Client Privilege and Smart Communications," Client Seminar, May 7, 2015
  • Speaker, "Entz White, Future Media & More - 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Fun," Client Seminar, October 23, 2014
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Issues Affecting Secured Lenders," Client Seminar, July 10, 2014
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy and Non-Bankruptcy Issues Affecting Secured Lenders," Client Seminar, July 17, 2013
  • Co-Panelist, "How to Build Your Book of Business Throughout Your Career in the Turnaround & Restructuring Profession," The Turnaround Management Association, Northern California Chapter's Next Generation Leaders Event, 2010
  • Co-Panelist, "The Bankruptcy Process: Appraiser/Attorney Interaction," The Appraisal Institute, Northern California Chapter's 2010 Spring Litigation Conference, 2010
  • Co-Producer/Speaker, "Judges' Roundtable Discussion on Venue of Business Bankruptcy Cases," 20th Annual Conference of the California Bankruptcy Forum, 2008
  • Speaker, "Bankruptcy Law: Strategies for Self Insurance Guaranty Funds," 92nd Annual Convention of International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions, 2006

Areas of Practice

  • Business Reorganization and Financial Restructuring
  • Creditors' Rights and Advisory Services
  • Real Estate


  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
    - Comments Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
  • University of Southern California, B.S.

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of California/California Lawyers Association
    - Business Law Section
    -- Insolvency Law Committee (10/15 to Present)
    ---- Co-Chair (9/18 to 9/19)
    ---- Co-Vice Chair (9/17 to 9/18)
    ---- Education Subcommittee Co-Chair (10/16 to 8/17)

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California Receivers' Forum
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
    - Board Member, 2008-2011
  • Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court's Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, 2006-2010
    - Co-Chairman of Committee, 2008-2009

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2023 and 2024

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • First Tee of San Francisco
    - Board of Directors, 2022 to Present
  • The Olympic Club (a San Francisco based athletic club)
    - President, 2021
    - Board Member, 2019-2021
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco
    - Board of Governors, 2013-2014
  • The Guardsmen (a San Francisco-based non-profit benefiting Northern California youth)
    - President, 2013-2014
    - Board Member, 2011-2014
    - General Counsel, 2010-2011