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Bankruptcy Court Information For Los Angeles County, CA

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Residents of Los Angeles County, California file bankruptcy in California Central District Bankruptcy Court

5 courthouses serve the California Central District Bankruptcy Court.

CA Bankruptcy InformationCalifornia Central District Bankruptcy Court

Counties served by the California Central District Bankruptcy Court:

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura,

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
California Central District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the California Central District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Online Filing (eSR)

Online Filing - California Central District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The California Central District Bankruptcy Court offers online filing! About one quarter of the nation's bankruptcy courts have started to offer electronic filing (eSR) for debtors not represented by an attorney. Your court is on the leading edge of this exciting new option! Click here to learn more about how to file online with the California Central District Bankruptcy Court.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the California Central District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The California Central District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - CAC

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the California Central District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the California Central District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the California Central District Bankruptcy Court

Los Angeles County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Los Angeles, CA
255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (855) 460-9641

Los Angeles

Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
255 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Serving Counties:

The Los Angeles Division serves most of Los Angeles County. Enter your ZIP code or the name of your city in the Filing Location search box to determine which division serves your area.

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Santa Barbara

Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
1415 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Serving Counties:

The Northern Division serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties in addition to a portion of Ventura County.

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
3420 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Serving Counties:

The Riverside Division serves Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Woodland Hills

Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
21041 Burbank Boulevard
Woodland Hills, CA 91367


Serving Counties:

The San Fernando Valley Division serves portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.  Enter your ZIP code or the name of your city in the Filing Location search box to determine which division serves your area.

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Santa Ana

Court Website info

United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
411 West Fourth Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Serving Counties:

The Santa Ana Division serves Orange County.

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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California Central District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - California List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Karl T. Anderson
340 South Farrell Drive
Suite A210
Palm Springs, CA 92262
E-mail: ktabktrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (760) 778-4889
Fax: (760) 778-8869


Wesley H. Avery
758 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 210
Pasadena, CA 91101
E-mail: wes@averytrustee.com
Phone: (626) 395-7576
Fax: (661) 430-5467


Lynda T. Bui
100 Spectrum Center Dr., Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92656
E-mail: Lbui@shulmanbastian.com
Phone: (949) 340-3400
Fax: (949) 340-3000


Thomas H. Casey
22342 Avenida Empresa, Suite 245
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
E-mail: tomcasey@tomcaseylaw.com
Phone: (949) 766-8787
Fax: (949) 766-9896


Arturo M. Cisneros
3403 10th Street, Suite 714
Riverside, CA 92501
E-mail: Arturo@mclaw.org
Phone: (951)-682-9705
Fax: (951)-682-9707


Charles W. Daff
2107 North Broadway,
Suite 308
Santa Ana, CA 92708
E-mail: charleswdaff@gmail.com
Phone: (657) 218-4800
Fax: (657) 218-4858


Carolyn Anne Dye
15030 Ventura Blvd., Suite 527
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
E-mail: cdye@cadye.com
Phone: (818) 287-7003
Fax: (323) 987-5763


Howard Marc Ehrenberg
333 South Grand Ave., Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
E-mail: hehrenberg@sulmeyerlaw.com
Phone: (213) 626-2311
Fax: (213) 629-4520


Jeremy W. Faith
16030 Ventura Blvd., Suite 470
Encino, CA 91436
E-mail: jeremy@marguliesfaithlaw.com
Phone: (818) 705-2777
Fax: (888) 463-8799


Todd A. Frealy
3403 Tenth Street
Suite 709
Riverside, CA 92501
E-mail: TAF@lnbyg.com
Phone: (951) 784-4122
Fax: (951) 784-7143


Jeffrey I. Golden
650 Town Center Drive
Suite 600
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
E-mail: jgolden@wgllp.com
Phone: (714) 966-1000
Fax: (714) 966-1002


Amy L. Goldman
633 West 5th Street
Suite 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90071
E-mail: amy.goldman@lewisbrisbois.com
Phone: (213)250-1800


Rosendo Gonzalez
530 S. Hewitt St
Suite 148
Los Angeles, CA 90013
E-mail: rossgonzalez@gonzalezplc.com
Phone: (213)452-0071


David M. Goodrich
650 Town Center Drive
Suite 600
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
E-mail: dgoodrich@wgllp.com
Phone: (714) 966-1000
Fax: (714) 966-1002


David Keith Gottlieb
16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 440
Encino, CA 91436
E-mail: dgottlieb@dkgallc.com
Phone: (818) 539-7720
Fax: (818) 436-0729


Howard B. Grobstein
9363 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503
E-mail: hgrobstein@gtllp.com
Phone: (951) 234-0951
Fax: (951) 684-2363


Weneta M. A. Kosmala
4425 Jamboree, Suite 183
Newport Beach, CA 92660
E-mail: wkosmala@kosmalalaw.com
Phone: (714) 708-8190


Brad D. Krasnoff
1901 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 450
Los Angeles, CA 90067 -6006
E-mail: bkrasnoff@danninggill.com
Phone: (310) 277-0077
Fax: (310) 277-5735


Heide C. Kurtz
2515 South Western Avenue, Suite 11
San Pedro, CA 90732
E-mail: hkurtz@hkurtzco.com
Phone: (310) 832-3604


Sam S. Leslie
1130 S. Flower Street, Suite 312
Los Angeles, CA 90015
E-mail: sleslie@trusteeleslie.com
Phone: (323) 987-5780
Fax: (323) 987-5763


Richard A. Marshack
870 Roosevelt
Irvine, CA 92620
E-mail: RMarshack@MarshackHays.com
Phone: (949) 333-7777
Fax: (949) 333-7778


Peter J. Mastan
550 S. Hope Street, Suite 1765
Los Angeles, CA 90071
E-mail: Peter.Mastan@Dinsmore.com
Phone: (213) 335-7738
Fax: (213) 335-7740


Sandra K. McBeth
7343 El Camino Real, #185
Atascadero, CA 93422
E-mail: smcbeth@mcbethlegal.com
Phone: (805) 464-2959
Fax: (805) 357-5905


John J. Menchaca
835 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90017
E-mail: jmenchaca@menchacacpa.com
Phone: (213) 683-3317
Fax: (213) 455-0111


Elissa D. Miller
333 South Grand Ave., Suite 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
E-mail: emiller@sulmeyerlaw.com
Phone: (213) 626-2311
Fax: (213) 629-4520


Jerry Namba
504 East Chapel Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
E-mail: jnambalaw@yahoo.com
Phone: (805) 922-2575


Karen S. Naylor
4910 Birch Street
Suite 120
Newport Beach, CA 92660
E-mail: karen@ringstadlaw.com
Phone: (949) 748-7936
Fax: (949) 851-6926


John P. Pringle
6055 E. Washington Blvd. #500
Los Angeles, CA 90040 -2466
E-mail: jpringle@rpmlaw.com
Phone: (323)724-3117
Fax: (323) 724-5410


Jason M. Rund
270 Coral Circle
El Segundo, CA 90245
E-mail: jrund@srlawyers.com
Phone: (310) 640-1200


David Seror
21650 Oxnard Street, Suite 500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
E-mail: dseror@bg.law
Phone: (818) 827-9200
Fax: (818) 936-0624


Larry D. Simons
3610 Central Avenue, Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92506
E-mail: larry@lsimonslaw.com
Phone: (951) 686-6300
Fax: (951) 742-4733


Diane C. Weil
5950 Canoga Avenue Suite 400
Woodlawn Hills, CA 91367
E-mail: dcweil@dcweillaw.com
Phone: (818) 946-1270
Fax: (310) 277-5735


Robert S. Whitmore
3600 Lime Street, Suite 616
Riverside, CA 92501
E-mail: rswtrustee@yahoo.com
Phone: (951) 276-9292


Edward M. Wolkowitz
2818 LaCienega Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
E-mail: emw@lnbyg.com
Phone: (310) 229-3364
Fax: (310) 229-1244


Timothy J. Yoo
2818 La Cienega Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
E-mail: tjy@lnbyg.com
Phone: (310) 229-1234
Fax: (310) 861-0929


Nancy J. Zamora
633 West 5th Street, Suite 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90071
E-mail: zamora3@aol.com
Phone: (213) 488-9411
Fax: (213) 488-9418



Irma C. Edmonds
P.O. Box 3608
Pinedale, CA 93650
E-mail: icetrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (559) 221-2233


Gary R. Farrar
P.O. Box 576097
Modesto, CA 95357 -6097
E-mail: gfarrar@ecf.eqpiqsysmtems.com
Phone: (209)551-1962


Nichole B. Farris
2607 Forest Ave., Ste. 120
Chico, CA 95928
E-mail: nikki@nfarrislaw.com
Phone: (530) 898-1488


Peter L. Fear
P.O. Box 28490
Fresno, CA 93729
E-mail: trustee@trusteefear.com
Phone: (559) 464-5295


J. Michael Hopper
P.O. Box 73826
Davis, CA 95617
E-mail: jmhopper@jmhtrustee.com
Phone: (530)757-2033


Kimberly J. Husted
11230 Gold Express Drive
Suite 310-411
Gold River, CA 95670
E-mail: kh7trustee@gmail.com
Phone: (916) 635-1939


Geoffrey M. Richards
P.O. Box 579
Orinda, CA 94563
E-mail: GRTrustee@pacbell.net
Phone: (916) 288-8365


James E. Salven
P.O. Box 25970
Fresno, CA 93729 -5970
E-mail: jim@salven-cpa.com
Phone: (559)230-1095


Susan K. Smith
2701 Del Paso Road, Suite 130-PMB 399
Sacramento, CA 95835
E-mail: sksmith3@earthlink.net
Phone: (916) 833-2936
Fax: (916) 313-3521


Henry M. Spacone
P.O. Box 255808
Sacramento, CA 95865 -5808
E-mail: hspacone@yahoo.com
Phone: (916) 481-3150


Jeffrey M. Vetter
P.O. Box 2424
Bakersfield, CA 93303
E-mail: jeffreyvetter@hotmail.com
Phone: (661)809-6806



Kari Bowyer
P.O. Box 700096
San Jose, CA 95170
E-mail: trusteebowyer@gmail.com
Phone: (408) 641-1327


Frode "Fred" S. Hjelmeset
P.O. Box 4188
Mountain View, CA 94040
E-mail: fhtrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (650) 386-5634


Timothy W. Hoffman
P.O. Box 1761
Sebastopol, CA 95473
E-mail: twh1761@yahoo.com
Phone: (707) 874-2066


Janina M. Hoskins
P.O. Box 158
Middletown, CA 95461
E-mail: Jmelder7@aol.com
Phone: (707) 569-9508
Fax: (707) 569-9518


Doris A. Kaelin
P.O. Box 1582
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
E-mail: dktrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (831) 600-8093


Michael G. Kasolas
P.O. Box 27526
San Francisco, CA 94127
E-mail: trustee@kasolas.net
Phone: (415) 504-1926


Sarah L. Little
2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
Suite 4432
San Ramon, CA 94583
E-mail: sarah@littletrustee.com
Phone: (510) 485-0740


Paul J. Mansdorf
1569 Solano Ave. #703
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 526-5993


E. Lynn Schoenmann
35 Miller Ave., #298
Mill Valley, CA 94941
E-mail: tteeschoenmann@earthlink.net
Phone: (415) 569-4390
Fax: (415) 362-0416


Marlene G. Weinstein
1511 M Sycamore Ave., #259
Hercules, CA 94547
E-mail: mgwtrustee@mgwtrustee.com
Phone: (925) 482-8982



Leonard J. Ackerman
6977 Navajo Road, #124
San Diego, CA 92119
E-mail: ljabkatty@gmail.com
Phone: (619) 463-0555


Christopher R. Barclay
P.O. Box 2819
La Mesa, CA 91943 -2819
E-mail: admin@crb7trustee.com
Phone: (619) 255-1529


Gerald Holt Davis
P.O. Box 124539
San Diego, CA 92112 -4539
E-mail: ghd@trusteedavis.com
Phone: (619) 400-9997


Leslie T. Gladstone
5656 La Jolla Blvd., Ste. B
La Jolla, CA 92037
E-mail: leslieg@flgsd.com
Phone: (858)454-9887
Fax: (858)454-9596


Ronald E. Stadtmueller
10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy., #370
San Diego, CA 92131
E-mail: ronstadtmueller@aol.com
Phone: (858) 564-9310

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What's all this about "CM/ECF"?

If you visit any bankruptcy court website, you will see prominent notices about mandatory "CM/ECF" which stands for "Case Management/Electronic Case Files." If you are representing yourself (filing without a lawyer), don't worry about this -- it applies only to lawyers (although most sites fail to mention that important fact).

If you're a lawyer, you must file your client's bankruptcy forms electronically and receive training on how to do it. Electronic filing simply means filing your forms as PDF (Acrobat) files via the internet or CD-ROM. Creating PDF files does not require special software. Any software that can print can also produce PDF files with the proper software add-ons. There are some specialized attorneys' bankruptcy software that will produce PDFs from data you enter.

Most downloadable official forms these days are PDFs with fillable fields and most computers can "print" a filled-in form to a PDF file. (See the Free Bankruptcy Forms page for more info)

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Courts that offer "eSR" - Electronic Self Representation

See below for our list of courts that allow debtors to electroncially file.

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Dealing with "legalese"

Bankruptcy court websites have come a long way towards plain English?

Courts should serve all taxpayers, not just lawyers. Filing requirements should be clear and accessible to everyone. After all, everyone must follow the law, so why not make the rules clear and in plain English?

Unfortunately, not all courts provide clear, simple instructions for filing bankruptcy forms. It takes some effort to translate legalese into plain English, and some courts just don't bother.

However, some courts do an admirable job of providing information to help non-attorneys find relevant information. They lay out clear timelines of essential procedures and explain requirements in a clear, easy to follow manner.

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Courts That Do a Good Job Of Helping Debtors Who Don't Have An Attorney

In our first review of 90 bankruptcy court websites nationwide in 2007, LegalConsumer.com found only a handful court websites that provided clear, well-organized filing information for those who don't speak legalese.

A few courts, however, showed what could be done if all courts would bother to take the time to help the general public, and so we created a "Hall of Fame" of good government, to show what could be done by a court with taxpayer's money and a little extra effort, organizaion, and plain English. All bankruptcy courts should follow their example.

In subsequent reviews, many court websites showed significant improvement from 2007 to 2009.

However, as of August 2022, although in general court websites are much better, there is still a wide gap between the best and worst ones when it comes to serving the unrepresented debtor.

If your court's website isn't helpful, check out one of these sites....

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Bankruptcy courts that do a good job of explaining procedures to non-lawyers and / or offer eSR (electronic Self Representation)

Here are the best of the best. Court websites can and do change -- hopefully for the better, but not always.

Note: Links go directly to the court's info for non-lawyers, rather than the court home page.

Note: As you will see if you look at several of these, most of the information you find is general and applies regardless of which court you're filing in.

However, some procedures are "local" and deadlines and forms can vary from court to court.

Always confirm that you are complying with your own court's local rules and procedures.

Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

New interface is a bit too clever by half. Important info is buried in the menu called "Court" Click the "No Attorney" link. Once you get past that, it's pretty good. Pop up menus work very slowly and may not work on all browsers. On some browsers you may not even see the menus at all! Has a dedicated pro se counter. (May 2009) Update: Court should make website work with all browsers. Important information is missed if the home page menus don't work right. But downloadble PDF guides are good, but were written in 2007. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers

Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Now features a special menu just for those filing without an attorney. Offers clearly organized guidance as to what to do when. (May 2009) Update. Still excellent. Could be a model for other courts. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers