My firm was established in 1991. The office was initially in San Francisco, but after I moved to the East Bay, I opened the office in Oakland. Eventually a second office in Orinda was established.
My firm focus is on giving excellent and personalized care to all bankruptcy litigants. I represent individuals who file for bankruptcy on personal as well as business debts. I represent companies that need to file for bankruptcy for either Chapter 7 (dissolution) or Chapter 11 (reorganization). I also represent debtors who want to try to discharge student loans due to a disability or other hardship.
I am very proud of how I was able to help a client discharge part of her student loan due to disability. The case was hard-fought and included a 3-day trial. I recently had success in opposing motions by creditors attempting to foreclose during a pending Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I have many satisfied clients who offer to give me recommendations. Once you hire me, I will fight for your rights as hard as possible. I will not back down from a fight. I recently convinced a Chapter 7 trustee to back off of selling my client's home. This fight took over 6 months.
1 Kaiser Plz #480
Oakland CA 94612
Nolo Press clients get a 30 minute consultation free, either on the phone or in person.
For Chapter 7 cases, the flat fee for a Nolo Press client begins at $1,500 plus the filing fees. The exact amount of the fee is determined by both the complexity of the particular case, number of creditors and anticipated additional services such as motion to avoid liens. Bankruptcy litigation is based on hourly work. The current hourly rate is $250 to $300 depending on the type of case and the size of the retainer. Chapter 13 work is based upon the fee schedule set forth by the court. A typical retainer for a Chapter 13 will be $2,000.
$250 to $375.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Orinda office available for later meetings.
Happening upon my primary area of practice was mostly an accident, albeit a happy one!
Clients should read up on bankruptcy issues, but understand that there are laws and procedures on how things are done. Each court has its unique characteristics and only regular practice gives the attorney full knowledge of how to navigate the system to the client's advantage. What is right on paper for one type of case may be totally wrong for a particular situation. I have been practicing bankruptcy law for 20 years. In that time, I have developed a sense of what will work and what will not work. I have seen too many disasters come out of people trying to represent themselves in bankruptcy court.
Unless I am hired, I cannot review documents prepared by clients. However, I am always happy to look over a client's documents. In fact, in the litigation side of the practice, I always solicit input from the client regarding briefs to the court. No one knows the facts of a client's life better than the client.
will give an initial consultation, but after that, either I am hired or not.
Before opening my own firm, I worked for 3 years in a bankruptcy firm that specialized in Chapter 7 trustee work and debtor cases. I was later employed at another firm for a year working on various bankruptcy cases and state court litigation.
I am a good listener and I try to help people solve not only their legal problems, but sometimes the issues that caused the problems in the first place. I am a straight-talker and I'm not afraid to tell clients the truth about their situation. I figure that if a client comes to me with a problem, I am not doing any favors by sugar-coating any advice I have.
I work quickly and efficiently. I am not a procrastinator.Personal interests:
I have a husband and two children who keep me occupied. In my spare time, I like to read and swim.
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