attorney in a novel bankruptcy proceeding for the City of
South Tucson. At that time I was a law student and
clerking for the law firm on the other side of that
case. I used to come down to Bankruptcy Court
and watch the proceedings. You seemed like a
pit bull, and I never dreamed we would
become friends and colleagues.
LOWELL ROTHSCHILD: Well,
sometimes I can give off the
wrong impression. That
was indeed a novel case,
and it required some
the part of all
Or maybe I
was a pit bull
in those days.
SB: After that, I met you
again while I was a young
lawyer on the opposite side of
another matter regarding the alleged
fraud of your debtor–client and the
potential for holding the debt non-dis-
chargeable against both him and his “innocent
spouse.” I remember in that meeting that you
told us, “On that issue, we’ll take it all the way to the
Supreme Court, and you will lose.” I had never heard a
Lowell E. Rothschild, University of Arizona JD 1952, and
Steven N. Berger, University of Arizona JD 1984, are
bankruptcy practitioners in the State of Arizona.
They are friends and colleagues in the bar, but
they have never practiced at the same law
firm. Both are Charter Members of the
Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of
Court founded in 2011. Berger
considers Rothschild a longtime
“mentor” in every sense
of the word. His mentor
is a Fellow of
the American Bar
College of Law
and the Arizona Bar
Foundation, as well as a past
Chairman of the Law Practice
Management Section of the ABA. In
an effort to share their experience, they
have created a dialogue expressing their
journey and experience.
STEVEN BERGER: In the early 1980s, you were the lead
BY LOWELL E. ROTHSCHILD & STEVEN N. BERGER
LOWELL E. ROTHSCHILD is a senior shareholder and a founding partner of Mesch, Clark & Rothschild. He
received his J.D. in 1952 from the
University of Arizona College of Law.
His practice concentrates on bankruptcy, business reorganization and
estate planning. He has mentored
many younger lawyers over his 60
years in law practice.
STEVEN N. BERGER s a founding
shareholder of Engelman Berger PC.
He received his J.D. in 1984 from the
University of Arizona. His practice is
concentrated on bankruptcy, business
reorganization and mediation. He is a
founding Executive Committee member
of the Arizona Bankruptcy American
Inn of Court and active in numerous
bar and community activities.