Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, P.C

Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, P.C

30 Years of Experience, Professional & Practical Advice,All Types of Bankruptcy Law, Over 20 Years Experience

Firm Overview

We practice all facets of bankruptcy work including, debtor work, Chapter 7 & 11 (both personal and business), creditor rights, bankruptcy litigation, trustee representation and committee representation.

Example cases

Successfully assisted numerous individuals and businesses in filing bankruptcy cases both small and large.

Assisted individuals and businesses with successful out of court workouts (to avoid bankruptcy).

We have successfully reorganized many businesses.

Main Office
1970 Broadway
Suite 225
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 $385-425 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
As one of the last true full-service, boutique bankruptcy firms practicing in the Bay Area, Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, P.C. prides itself on a very high standard of work product and attorney involvement in all client matters.
We are capable of handling any issue that arises in bankruptcy, and have helped many businesses and consumers in Oakland, San Francisco, Alameda County, and Contra Costa County achieve optimal results at the conclusion of bankruptcy proceedings. At Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, P.C., we emphasize a practical, cost-effective approach to client representation and the practice of law.

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

Oakland native and resident Eric A. Nyberg has practiced bankruptcy, business law, commercial litigation, and probate at Kornfield, Nyberg, Bendes & Kuhner, 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 2006-2011 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

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. Mr. Kuhner 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.

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