Dustin P. Branch

Ballard Spahr LLP

Los Angeles, CA


Dustin Branch has more than 20 years of experience relating to commercial real estate and bankruptcy issues. Dustin represents owners, developers and managers of shopping centers and other commercial properties and advises them on a variety of issues, including bankruptcy, leasing, sale, and restructuring of distressed real estate, letter of credit and other credit enhancement issues, as well as general issues relating to landlord/tenant disputes, breach of contract, ADA compliance, and public access.

Dustin specializes in representing landlords and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy workouts across the country, and has been engaged in such high profile cases as Ascena, GNC, JC Penney, Stein Mart, Tailored Brands, California Pizza Kitchen, Sur La Table, Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Aldo, Modell’s, Stage Stores, Claire’s, Bon Ton’s, Eddie Bauer, Linens 'n Things, Circuit City, Blockbuster, Borders, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Radio Shack, and Sports Authority. Dustin is a long-time member of International Council of Shopping Centers, and sits on its Legal Update board. He is a frequent writer and speaker on bankruptcy and landlord issues.


Professional Activities

American Bankruptcy Institute

International Council of Shopping Centers


University of San Diego School of Law (J.D. 1994, cum laude)
Member, San Diego Law Review

University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A. 1991)



U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

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U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

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