Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes, Kuhner & Little P.C

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes,  Kuhner & Little P.C

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes, Kuhner & Little P.C. is a boutique firm focusing on bankruptcy, business, commercial and real estate law. We are dedicated to providing superior legal services at competitive rates.

Firm Overview

Our team routinely represents individual and business debtors, creditors, bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, asset purchasers and assignees and assignors in the context of a general assignment for the benefit of creditors. The firm has represented thousands of individuals in bankruptcy and has been involved in many prominent national and local cases, representing institutional, corporate, and individual clients in a wide range of industries in both non bankruptcy and bankruptcy matters.

Business & Real Estate

We have extensive experience with business and real estate transactions, corporate and limited liability entity formation and governance, civil litigation.

With decades of combined experience, we have depth of knowledge and skill in our practice areas. The combined experience of our team translates directly into creative, effective and efficient representation for our clients, and enables us to develop and implement strategies that are individually tailored to achieve our clients' objectives. We listen to our clients and each other, and we take the time to learn about and understand our clients, their businesses, and their needs.

Main Office

1970 Broadway
Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612


(510) 763-1000


(510) 273-8669


Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, usually around one hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

For Chapter 7 cases we have flat rate fees. The flat rate depends upon the complexity of the case.

Hourly Rates

Typical rates are $395-475 per hour but the rates are negotiable in some cases depending upon the circumstances of a given case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Nancy Nyberg, Office Manager

Emergency After Hours


Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes in the appropriate case and where in our professional opinion it would be in the best interest of the client to do so.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We try very hard in every case to staff the particular matter with the appropriate person. If work can be done effectively by a lower billing rate individual, we strive to have that individual perform the work. We pride ourselves on the cost effectiveness of our services and our ability to not "over lawyer" a particular matter and yet still get results for our clients.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We use them in any case where it is appropriate, cost effective, and the client desires to use such a process.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?


What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are a small AV Rated firm with tremendous experience in our area of expertise. Since we practice all types of bankruptcy law, we are able to bring a unique perspective to problems that our clients may have because we can see the problem not only from our clients' perspective, but also from the perspective of the other side, which can be very valuable.

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

We think it is appropriate, but in many instances it should not be a substitute for seeking actual legal advice from a professional.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are willing to do so under the right set of facts and circumstances.

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

Yes, in the appropriate case and where in our professional opinion it would be in the best interest of the client to do so.

Eric Nyberg

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes,  Kuhner & Little P.C

Oakland native and resident Eric A. Nyberg has practiced bankruptcy, business law, commercial litigation, and probate at Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes, Kuhner & Little, P.C. since 1987. Among his contributions to the legal community, he has served as a committee member of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, and as a mediator for the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Program of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. He is the author of "Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994," Westland Review's Quick Guide to Foreclosure Law, 1995 Pacific 60, and a frequent lecturer for Lorman Educational Seminars. Mr. Nyberg is a 2006-2018 Northern California Super Lawyer, and has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating outstanding legal ability and very high ethical standards. Outside of his law practice, he is an avid cyclist, runner, and outdoor enthusiast.


Bar Number: 131105
California, 1987

Chris Kuhner

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes,  Kuhner & Little P.C

Chris D. Kuhner focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy litigation. He has experience representing creditors, debtors, and trustees through every stage of bankruptcy proceedings and related insolvency matters. Chris is an Orinda native, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School in 1994. He is licensed to practice in all California state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chris is a 2014-2018 Super Lawyer.

Sarah Little

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes,  Kuhner & Little P.C

Sarah believes that the bankruptcy law really helps people. She's been practicing consumer bankruptcy law as a solo practitioner since 2003. Over the past 15 years she has worked hard to provide great service to her clients and to be a leader in the professional community. She serves on various professional committees and creates educational opportunities for the bar association. In 2014, She was appointed as a Panel Chapter 7 Trustee for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division. As her trustee practice grew, it was a natural fit to join the team at Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes, Kuhner & Little P.C. where she can continue to offer serves to chapter 7 and chapter 13 clients, while leveraging her partners' expertise in trustee and corporate matters and litigation.

Sarah enjoys connecting with people and assisting them with what is usually one of the most difficult times of a person's life. Proper representation includes listening to her clients with a compassionate ear, making sure she takes the time to explain how the process works and how it can help them, spotting and resolving potential trouble before it happens, and finding creative solutions to complicated problems. Sarah handles individual chapter 7, chapter 13 and Chapter 11 cases, business cases, and particularly enjoys working out solutions to complicated tax problems.


Bar Number: 215635
California, 2001


University of California, Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, CA
JD, 2001

California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California
BS, 1997

Charles Bendes

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes,  Kuhner & Little P.C

Charlie is an experienced trial and transactional attorney practicing law in Oakland, California since 1977 in the areas of business, real estate, commercial leasing, construction matters, corporate and partnership law, and complex civil litigation. Charlie is a member emeritus of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and is a Past President of the Alameda County Bar Association. He has been a panelist and lecturer for numerous continuing legal education programs, including "Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination in California" (Lorman Education Services), "Recent Developments in Torts" (California Continuing Education of the Bar), "Landlord - Tenant Law (Commercial Leases)" (Sterling Educational Services), and "Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions" (Sterling Educational Services), and has been an instructor at law at John F. Kennedy University School of Law. He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, publishers of The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and he is recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer from 2012-2017 in the practice area of Business Litigation.


Bar Number: 70126
California, 1976


Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA
J.D., 1976

Antioch College
Bachelors of Arts, 1973

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