Local bankruptcy practice, handling chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 cases.
7960 B Soquel Drive, No. 156
Aptos CA 95003
Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 practice, serving people in Northern California.
We are a single-attorney firm, dedicated to bringing personal attention to each of our clients, and working with them to solve their unique challenges, and help them get the fresh start they deserve. Aaron Lipton is a former public defender and federal clerk, with broad experience in bankruptcy and litigation. He has handled hundreds of bankruptcy cases, working closely with his clients to help them save their houses, discharge debt, and get their lives back on track.
One of the things that really sets bankruptcy apart from other practices is how much it helps people. Everyone goes through difficult periods of time, and bankruptcy is a powerful tool to help someone who has been knocked down to get back on their feet, and move on from the past. It is one of the few tools out there where the "little guy" can get a fair shake from the banks and creditors. Every case is unique, and everyone has their own challenges and goals. As an attorney, it is a wonderful feeling when I see my client has improved his or her life, and are on a path to success.
I didn't start out as a bankruptcy attorney - I started out in criminal defense, representing people in jail. After that I joined the Fresno Public Defender's Office, where I appeared in Court three to five days a week, including multiple jury trials. As rewarding (and intense) as that experience was, I wanted to transition into a field where I felt like I would do the most good for my clients. Accepting a federal clerkship in the Bankruptcy Court gave me the opportunity to see how the system works from behind the bench, and better understand what is effective with the Court, and how to best represent my clients. Following that up with practicing in a private bankruptcy firm for a few years gave me more practical experience on the debtor's side.
I am proud we're small. It is important that as the attorney, I personally get to know my clients. Everyone comes into bankruptcy for their own reasons, and with their own goals; and it is important to remember that bankruptcy is just a tool to help people accomplish their goals. It's important to me, as an attorney, that my clients feel comfortable speaking directly with me about their concerns and circumstances, both when preparing the case, and if something should happen after. Open communication is the key to a successful attorney-client relationship.
A Santa Cruz County native, I attended UC Davis for my bachelor's degree in Religious Studies. After college, I returned to school to get my legal education, starting at Golden Gate University, and then transferring up to Davis when the opportunity presented itself.
Upon passing the bar, I joined a small practice primarily representing inmates in prison. I then join the Fresno County Public Defender's Office, handling hundreds of cases from beginning through end, and completed multiple trials. It was an adventure.
After that experience, I clerked for a year for the Hon. Arthur S Weissbrodt, Bankruptcy Judge, in the Northern District of California. Based on my experiences there, I joined a private bankruptcy firm, and handled a variety of cases, from basic chapter 7 filings through chapter 11 reorganizations.
In my spare time, I enjoy getting outdoors and hiking in the mountains, trying new food, and in general, enjoying this amazing area we live in.
Bar Number: 267329
Bar Number: 5023593
New York, 2012
University of California, Davis
Religious Studies, 2004
University of California, Davis
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