Victor A. Vilaplana

Of Counsel


Victor A. Vilaplana is of counsel and a business reorganization attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Victor 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. Victor is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations, International and Latin America Practices as well as the Automotive Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Victor was a shareholder of a nationally recognized firm and a managing partner of the San Diego office for a globally established firm.

Thought Leadership

Victor 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.

Victor 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 and published the article, “Restructuring Tips For Single Asset Real Estate Debtors,” in the publication, Law360.

Representative Experience

  • Represented 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


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization, Litigation – Bankruptcy Law (since 1993)
  • Selected by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading U.S. and Global Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers (2020)
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Selected for inclusion to the San Diego Super Lawyers lists (2007 – 2016)
  • Ranked as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in San Diego (2013 and 2016)

Community Engagement

  • Trustee, UC San Diego Foundation
  • Commissioner, San Diego Port Authority
  • Trustee, San Diego Children’s Hospital
  • Vice president and director, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Director, Centre City Development Corporation

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • Fellow for the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Delegate to UNCITRAL on various international insolvency projects
  • Founding member of the International Insolvency Institute


  • Stanford University (J.D., 1973)
  • George Washington University (M.A., with highest honors, 1970)
  • San Diego State University (B.A., with honors, 1968)


  • California