High-end bankruptcy is a Big Law practice, dominated by firms at the top of the Am Law 100. Few California bankruptcy boutiques have been able to get a piece of that action.

One of them, Los Angeles-based Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, has established a national reach by planting lawyers in Delaware and New York — a bicoastal move that sets the 70-lawyer boutique apart from its California peers and which it credits with helping it land work on major national cases.