Brian Byun

Of Counsel

Tel: (619) 525-1360


At a Glance

Brian advises cities, special districts and public utilities on a variety of matters relating to Municipal Law.
He also represents debtors, creditors, trustees and committees in bankruptcy cases, adversary proceedings and out-of-court liquidations and restructurings.
Brian is a leader of various Asian Pacific American bar associations.

Brian Byun is an attorney in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s San Diego office and is a member of the firm’s Municipal Law practice group. He regularly advises public agency clients, including cities, special districts and public utilities, on various municipal government and regulatory issues, with a focus on land use, development and disposition matters. In addition, he represents business clients in the areas of insolvency, bankruptcy and litigation.
Municipal Law
Prior to joining the firm, Brian served for several years as a senior deputy city attorney for the City of Vernon, where he advised the City Council, city-created commissions and all city departments (including Public Works, Public Utilities, Fire, Police, Health & Environmental Control, Human Resources and City Administration) on legal and strategic issues relating to:

  • procurement
  • cannabis regulation 
  • creditors' rights in bankruptcy 
  • personnel matters
  • dangerous condition litigation
  • open meeting laws
  • the California Public Records Act
  • conflicts of interest and
  • governance best practices.

Brian uses his extensive in-house generalist experience to ensure that the governing boards and councils he advises operate legally and effectively to best serve their constituents. In addition, Brian has extensive experience and know-how drafting, negotiating and resolving disputes arising from a variety of different contracts for his public agency clients, particularly those relating to land use and real property development and disposition.

Energy, Gas & Utilities
His service for Vernon included regularly advising and representing the Vernon Public Utilities in various matters. He assisted in negotiating power purchase agreements for hydroelectric power from the Hoover Dam and for solar energy from projects procured by the Southern California Public Power Authority. He was also involved in pretrial litigation between VPU and the owner-operator of Vernon’s power generation plant regarding alleged breaches of the parties’ long-term power purchase tolling agreement. In that same vein, Brian also worked closely with VPU staff to resolve contractual disputes with water well drilling contractors, biomethane deliverers and wireless telecommunications providers.

Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Brian represents private businesses who owe money and who are owed money. When possible, he helps them resolve their financial problems outside of court. Brian counsels his creditor clients on the best strategies for pursuing and collecting debts inside and outside of bankruptcy proceedings and, where necessary, will zealously litigate claims to settlement or judgment. He also uses a proactive and results-oriented approach to help his clients in financial distress understand their options. Brian developed his bankruptcy and creditors’ rights skills while practicing at well-known law firms Cooley, Baker & McKenzie and Jeffer Mangels, representing various institutional and corporate clients in insolvency-related state and federal (including bankruptcy) court litigation, as well as in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, out-of-court liquidations and corporate restructurings. Representative clients and matters include:

  • Liquidating trustee of the Chapter 11 estate of Montgomery Ward in successful claims reconciliation and resolution
  • ​Unofficial committee of unsecured creditors in out-of-court liquidation of CompUSA
  • Regional bank in real estate-related Chapter 11 case
  • Chapter 11 trustee of Orange County-based mortgage company in avoidance actions
  • Official committee of mechanics lienholders in victorious lien priority litigation against hard money lender in Chapter 11 condominium construction case
  • The minority voting trust of a family-owned commercial nursery in Chapter 11 proceedings, including appeals to the district court
  • Thai broadcasting company in two separate Chapter 7 adversary proceedings to successfully preserve as non-dischargeable $9 million pre-petition copyright infringement judgment against both individual debtor defendants
  • Official committee of unsecured creditors of Santa Barbara-based oil exploration and production company in Chapter 11 proceedings
  • U.S. affiliates of Spanish solar PV company in Chapter 11 liquidation

Brian is active and has held leadership positions in various Asian Pacific American bar associations. He lives in San Diego with his wife, two children and Chiweenie named Phoebe.


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • Columbia University, M.A., Modern Japanese Literature
  • Yale University, B.A., English


  • California
  • New York


  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, Bankruptcy, 2015

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