Burke Lewis & Ham LLP

Firm Overview

Our firm was established in February of 2007 and has helped people with their legal problems ever since.

Our firm helps clients from throughout Southern California in a variety of areas, including estate planning, civil litigation, business organization, and family law. Our main focus, however, is bankruptcy practice.

Example cases

We successfully defended a client when her bankruptcy trustee tried to recover a $25,000 payment she had made to her mother. The trustee had argued that the payment was made when the client was insolvent.

Main Office
222 N Mountain Ave.
Suite 204
Upland  CA  91786
  • (909) 946-5370
  • (909) 946-5380


Free Initial Consultation?
We offer free consultations with no time limits so that clients can make informed decisions on what is best for their situation. Clients should be prepared to spend at least one hour, and probably more, due to the amount of information that they will receive.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Our fees vary depending on the clients and their situations. Every case is different, with some having more issues than others. Generally, our bankruptcies start at $1,500.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Weekends and after hours by appointment.
Office Manager
Maggie Wilson.
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Bankruptcy allows me to help those in need and get them a fresh start to their lives.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We always encourage everyone to learn as much as they can about their legal situation. For our part, we make sure that our clients have a thorough understanding of all the legal issues facing them. We feel that informed clients are better-equipped to make decisions regarding their case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

As a general rule, we do not review documents prepared by clients. Because of the complex nature of bankruptcy law and practice, we need a thorough understanding of the client's situation before we can give any legal advice on the subject.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

As a general rule, we do not coach clients who want to represent themselves. While many file for bankruptcy protection on their own and receive discharge, bankruptcy law and procedure is complicated. Our clients have anywhere from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars that they want eliminated through discharge. With so much at stake, this should not be the time where you see if you can do it yourself.

Michael R. Lewis

My past work experience has sharpened my ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Because of my extensive contact with people from all walks of life, I have learned that everyone is unique and should be treated that way. I listen to all of my clients so that I know what is important to them and their situation. My clients are more to me than a case number or legal issue.

I am a people-person; I enjoy talking with my clients to get to know them. This way, I believe that I can better serve clients by understanding both the situation and them as individuals.

Personal interests:

I enjoy music, old Volkswagens and animals (I have ten parrots).

  • Bar Number: 247934
    California , 2006
  • University of La Verne College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2005
    Ontario, CA
  • University of Redlands
    B.A. , 2001
    Redlands, CA
    Environmental Emphasis

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