Victor A. Vilaplana

Of Counsel


Victor A. Vilaplana is of counsel and a business reorganization attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Vilaplana focuses his practice on the handling of insolvency matters, particularly complicated business bankruptcies and international transactions. His experience includes representing businesses in multiple fields, from medical device companies to agricultural producers in Chapter 11 cases. Mr. Vilaplana is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, International, and Latin America Practices and Automotive Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Vilaplana was a shareholder of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek and a managing partner of the San Diego office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

Representative Experience

  • Represent the Port of San Diego in connection with insolvencies of its tenants
  • Represented the Organization of Parishes in the Chapter 11 case of the San Diego Catholic Diocese
  • Represented Sotera Wireless, Inc. in its Chapter 11 reorganization
  • Represented Quantum Technologies in its Chapter 11 case 


Mr. Vilaplana is a graduate of Stanford University (J.D., 1973), George Washington University (M.A., with highest honors, 1970) and San Diego State University (B.A., with honors, 1968).

Thought Leadership

He is a frequent lecturer for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, Practicing Law Institute, Law Education Institute, and National Institute of Trial Advocacy on the topics of insolvency, uniform commercial code, and various U.S./Mexico related issues, such as real estate ownership, commercial law, equipment leasing and debtor/creditor relations. He is also an ALI-ABA lecturer on practice under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act.

Mr. Vilaplana has authored articles on the administration of multi-national bankruptcies and prepackage Chapter 11 plans of reorganization. He is co-editor of Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice for the American Law Institute.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Vilaplana is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, and the State Bar of California. He is a fellow for the American College of Bankruptcy, a delegate to UNCITRAL on various international insolvency projects, and founding member of the International Insolvency Institute.


Mr. Vilaplana has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 1993 in the field of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. Mr. Vilaplana has also been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2007-2016 San Diego Super Lawyers® lists and in 2013 and 2016, he was ranked as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego.

Community Engagement

Mr. Vilaplana is currently the trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation, and has been commissioner of the San Diego Port Authority, trustee of the San Diego Children’s Hospital, and vice president and director of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. He was also director of the Centre City Development Corporation.