Macdonald | Fernandez LLP


221 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Telephone: (415) 362-0449
Facsimile: (415) 394-5544
914 Thirteenth Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Telephone: (209)549-7949
Facsimile: (209) 236-0172

Monday, March 31, 2014

Appointment to Bar Rules Advisory Group (BRAG) of the Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California

We are proud to announce that Reno Fernandez has been appointed to two working groups of the Bar Rules Advisory Group (BRAG) to assist the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in developing its model form of individual chapter 11 plan and model form of first-day motion for payroll expenses.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules Debtor's Homestead Exemption Cannot Be Surcharged

In Law v. Siegel (In re Law), No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (March 4, 2014), today the Supreme Court ruled that a bankruptcy court may not surcharge the homestead exemption as a result of the debtor’s misconduct.  The bankruptcy court had determined that the debtor created a fake loan to preserve equity in his residence beyond what he was entitled to exempt and perpetrated a fraud on his creditors and the court.  Accordingly, the court surcharged the debtor’s homestead exemption to reimburse the trustee’s attorney fees. The surcharge was upheld on appeal to the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Supreme Court reversed.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Mediating Disputes Involving Troubled Companies

Reno Fernandez is pleased to be hosting the BASF Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section's program, Mediating Disputes Involving Troubled Companies.  Join us for an excellent program and a white-linen lunch at the City Club on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Mediating Disputes Involving Troubled Companies

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Noon to 1:30 pm

City Club of San Francisco
155 Sansome Street
San Francisco, California


Judge Randall J. Newsome (Ret.)

James A. Tiemstra
Tiemstra Law Group, PC

Susan L. Uecker
Uecker & Associates, Inc.


• Alternative Dispute Resolution and Bankruptcy.
• Perspectives from the mediator, the attorney and the client.
• Best practices for issues related to troubled companies.
• How and why to get into mediation early.

Section Chair: Reno Fernandez, Macdonald | Fernandez LLP

Walk-ins are welcome, but you are encouraged to RSVP here.