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    Fee App Fifth Interim - Namvar.doc

    3985-000\EXP. 26

    1SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP

    8105 Irvine Center Drive Suite 600

    Irvine, CA 92618

    Leonard M. Shulman Bar No. 126349 Melissa Davis Lowe Bar No. 245521 SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP 8105 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 600 Irvine, California 92618 Telephone: (949) 340-3400 Facsimile: (949) 340-3000 Email: lshulman@shbllp.com; mlowe@shbllp.com General Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for the bankruptcy estate of Ezri Namvar and Special Claims Counsel to R. Todd Neilson, Chapter 11 Trustee

    UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT

    CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES DIVISION

    In re EZRI NAMVAR, Debtor.

    Case No. 2:08-bk-32349-BR Chapter 11 FIFTH INTERIM APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF FEES AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES BY SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP, ATTORNEYS FOR THE OFFICIAL COMMITTEE OF UNSECURED CREDITORS; AND SECOND INTERIM APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF FEES AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES OF SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP, SPECIAL CLAIMS COUNSEL FOR R. TODD NEILSON, CHAPTER 11 TRUSTEE; DECLARATION OF LEONARD M. SHULMAN IN SUPPORT THEREOF Date: October 22, 2013 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: Courtroom 1668 Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse 255 E. Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    Fee App Fifth Interim - Namvar.doc

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    2SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP

    8105 Irvine Center Drive Suite 600

    Irvine, CA 92618

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    I. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 4II. FEE APPLICATION ........................................................................................................... 4

    A. Case Background Information ................................................................................. 4B. Employment of the Firm by the Namvar Committee .............................................. 5C. Employment of the Firm by the Namvar Trustee .................................................... 6D. Summary of Prior Fee Applications ........................................................................ 7

    1. As Counsel for the Namvar Committee ....................................................... 72. As Special Claims Counsel for the Namvar Trustee ................................... 7

    E. Summary of Fees and Expenses Requested Herein ................................................. 8F. Estimated Accrued Administration Expenses .......................................................... 8G. Funds on Hand ......................................................................................................... 8H. Overview of Necessary and Valuable Services Rendered by the Firm as

    General Counsel to the Namvar Committee ............................................................ 9I. Overview of Necessary and Valuable Services Rendered by the Firm as

    Special Claims Counsel to the Namvar Trustee .................................................... 10J. Billing Records ...................................................................................................... 12

    1. General Counsel to the Namvar Committee .............................................. 122. Special Claims Counsel to the Namvar Trustee ........................................ 133. Billing Record Exhibits and Firm Biography Exhibits .............................. 14

    III. NARRATIVE SUMMARY OF SERVICES PERFORMED BY PROJECT CATEGORY AS COUNSEL TO THE NAMVAR COMMITTEE .................................. 16A. Estate Analysis ....................................................................................................... 16B. Asset Disposition ................................................................................................... 17C. Business Matters (Errors and Omissions Insurance/Management of DIP

    Debtors).................................................................................................................. 19D. Case Administration ............................................................................................... 20E. Claims Administration/Objections......................................................................... 21F. Fee Application ...................................................................................................... 22

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    3SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP

    8105 Irvine Center Drive Suite 600

    Irvine, CA 92618

    G. Fee/Employment Objections .................................................................................. 23H. Meetings of Creditors ............................................................................................ 23I. Plan and Disclosure Statement............................................................................... 24J. Employment ........................................................................................................... 28K. Trade Creditor Avoidance Litigation ..................................................................... 29L. Litigation Insider Avoidance .............................................................................. 29M. Litigation - Discharge ............................................................................................ 30N. Settlement of Various Disputes/Litigation ............................................................. 30

    IV. NARRATIVE SUMMARY OF SERVICES PERFORMED BY PROJECT CATEGORY AS SPECIAL CLAIMS COUNSEL TO THE NAMVAR TRUSTEE .......................................................................................................................... 33A. Claims Administration/Objections......................................................................... 33B. Employment ........................................................................................................... 36

    V. CLIENT COMMENTS ON THE FEE APPLICATION ................................................... 36VI. THE FEE APPLICATION COMPLIES WITH LOCAL BANKRUPTCY RULES ........ 36VII. CONCLUSION .................................................................................................................. 37DECLARATION OF LEONARD M. SHULMAN ....................................................................... 38

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    Fee App Fifth Interim - Namvar.doc

    3985-000\EXP. 26

    4SHULMAN HODGES & BASTIAN LLP

    8105 Irvine Center Drive Suite 600

    Irvine, CA 92618

    TO THE HONORABLE BARRY RUSSELL, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE:

    I. INTRODUCTION

    Pursuant to the provisions of Bankruptcy Code Sections 330 and 331, Rule 2016 of the

    Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Local Bankruptcy Rule 2016-1, Shulman Hodges &

    Bastian LLP (Firm) applies to this Court for an order allowing fees and costs as set forth in this

    Fifth Interim Application for Approval of Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses by Shulman

    Hodges & Bastian LLP, Attorneys for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors; and

    Second Interim Application for Approval of Fees and Reimbursement of Expenses of Shulman

    Hodges & Bastian LLP, Special Claims Counsel for R. Todd Neilson, Chapter 11 Trustee (Fee

    Application); and directing the bankruptcy estate (Estate) of Ezri Namvar (Debtor) to pay

    the Firm on account of such allowance.

    II. FEE APPLICATION

    A. Case Background Information

    On December 22, 2008 (Petition Date), involuntary chapter 11 petitions were filed

    against Namco Capital Group, Inc. (Namco) and the Debtor. Namco is a California

    corporation of which the Debtor is the President, Chief Financial Officer, sole director and sole

    shareholder.

    On February 13, 2009, the Office of the United States Trustee (OUST) appointed the

    Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for the Debtors Estate (Namvar Committee) and

    the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for the bankruptcy estate of In re Namco Capital

    Group, Inc. (Namco Committee) (together, referred to as Committees).

    Pursuant to Order entered March 11, 2009, R. Todd Neilson (Namvar Trustee) was

    appointed as the Chapter 11 trustee for the Debtors Estate.

    On May 8, 2009, the Court entered an order approving the appointment of Bradley D.

    Sharp as the chapter 11 trustee for the Namco bankruptcy estate (Namco Trustee and

    collectively with the Namvar Trustee, the Chapter 11 Trustees).

    On June 19, 2009, involuntary petitions were filed ag

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