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Karen Sue Naylor

  • Attorney/Partner/Bankruptcy Panel Truste


Newport Beach, CA



Karen Sue Naylor was admitted to the California bar, U.S. District Court, Central and Eastern Districts of California, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1989. She attended the University of Southern California (B.S. Cum Laude, 1986) and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D. 1989).

Ms. Naylor clerked for the honorable William P. Gray, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and is AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Naylor was appointed to the Trustee Panel in 1998 for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, where she has been appointed Chapter 11 Trustee, Chapter 7 Trustee, Chapter 11 Examiner, and Chapter 11 Plan Agent in a multitude of cases. Representative appointments include Chapter 7 Trustee for Anna's Linens, Inc., Chapter 11 Plan Agent for Crystal Cathedral Ministries, Inc. and Chapter 11 Trustee for the operating case of El Toro Materials, Inc., which operated successfully and broke records for net profits for seven years until all issues were resolved. The case was dismissed with substantial assets being returned to shareholders.

An active panelist and speaker, Ms. Naylor has presented before the Central District Judge's Conference (2007); The National United States Trustee Conference and Region 16 Trustee Conferences on numerous occasions; The Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, on several occasions; and participated as a Guest Lecturer before Bankruptcy Classes at Chapman Law School and several Bankruptcy Paralegal Classes.


Supreme Court of California; United States District Courts, and Eastern Districts of California

Areas Of Practice

  • Bankruptcy 100%

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.S. - 1986
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration

Published Works

  • Equal Time Equals Unequal Treatment to Newscaster Candidates , 9 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Journal , 283, 1989

Classes / Seminars

  • Panelist before Central District Judge's Conference, 2007
  • Panelist before National U.S. Trustee Conference
  • Panelist before Region 16 U.S. Trustee Conference
  • Panelist for OC Bankruptcy Forum and OC Bar Association
  • Chapman Law School - Guest Speaker

Honors And Awards

  • AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Federal Taxation I

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Orange County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section - Member of Board of Directors, 1995-1997, Section President/Chairperson, 1995, Program/Chairperson, 1995, Program Chairperson, 1994
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, Special Projects Committee, 1993 to 1995

Past Employment Positions

  • Burd & Naylor, Partner, 1996 to 2018
  • Law Offices of William M. Burd, Associate, 1993 to 1996
  • Honorable William P. Gray, United States District Court, Law Clerk, 1989 to 1990


  • English

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Alpha Kappa Psi