Law Offices of Gary Brenner

Firm Overview

We are a debt relief agency, and over the last 25 years we have helped over 20,000 clients get a "fresh financial start" in life. Bankruptcy holds out a promise to the debtor of "a new opportunity in life and a clear field for future effort, unhampered by the pressure and discouragement of pre-existing debt."

We bring experience, skill, and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law, and are guided by the principle that each situation calls for the right combination of innovation, creativity, and commitment. Our attorneys are known as compassionate listeners and problem-solvers, and are always approachable, responsive, efficient, and effective

Example cases

(This was published in Time Magazine) - I represented a woman who was Korean and in many Asian sub-cultures here, they have financial clubs.

When they immigrate here they do not have credit and cannot obtain a bank loan. They pool money and they loan money to each other. These type of financial clubs are called khe clubs. My client was an organizer for one of those clubs with over 30 members. For whatever reason the club lost money, and the members sued her as an administrator.

She filed bankruptcy. If she were allowed to walk away discharging all the debt than that could mean the demise of these clubs and many immigrants would not have confidence they could get into these clubs and get money. After a week long trial, the judge ruled that she could not eliminate the debt to these people, and it ensured the survival of these financial clubs for these immigrants.

Main Office

345 Franklin Street
San Francisco  CA  94102
  • (650) 348-0625
  • (650) 343-9646

Other Offices

630 North San Mateo Drive
San Mateo,  CA  94401

Gary R. Brenner

When I first graduated from law school in 1972, I worked for the Legal Aid Society in Macon, Georgia, and that helped me decide to practice law in an area where I can help people who were disadvantaged in a financial sense.

My major in Sociology and my minor in Psychology, with that experience I think I have a better compassion and understanding of the personal issues many people have in addition to their financial issues.

Some attorneys don't want to listen and aren't interested in why a person is in the financial problem; however I enjoy the interpersonal relationship with my clients and enjoy hearing them tell as much of their story that they want, more than the basic facts. I am sensitive to listening to the bigger pictures.

Relaxed and compassionate.

Personal interests:

I am a master swimmer. I go to pool competitions all over the United States, and I do open water swims such as Alcatraz to San Francisco, Golden Gate, and Trans Tahoe (relay swim with six swimmers on a boat - 12 miles across the lake).

  • Bar Number: 79446
    California , 1978
  • Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
    J.D. , 1972
    Macon, GA
  • Mercer University
    A.B. in Sociology , 1968
    Macon, GA
    I was Class President, President of my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, I was President of the Intra Fraternity Counsel, and I was a member of the Scappard Blade Society (military honor society).

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