Attorneys at Law



P.O. Box 735 ~ Alamo, CA 94507-0735

(925) 831-8254; ksf@ksfirm.com



Founded in 1996, the law firm of Katzen & Schuricht focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency, and debtor-creditor issues.  Clients have ranged from national companies to individuals seeking personalized expertise, whether in workout negotiations, in pre-bankruptcy planning, or in Chapter 7, 11, or 13 cases.  The firm includes counsel admitted to practice in California but (if efficient and legally proper) may appear in bankruptcies pending elsewhere.

K&S has experience representing virtually all participants in the reorganization or liquidation context, including debtors, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, administrative expense claimants, landlords and other parties to executory contracts, asset buyers, defendants in preference or other avoiding actions, and litigants in matters removed to the bankruptcy forum.  Credentials are summarized below.


DAVID I. KATZEN is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and recognized by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law.  Based on peer assessments, the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory accords Mr. Katzen an “AV” rating, the highest available, and since 2004 he has been annually selected (by Law&Politics and the publishers of San Francisco Magazine) as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights field.  Mr. Katzen has chaired the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court’s Bench-Bar Liaison Committee and served on the court’s Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Panel.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Bankruptcy at John F. Kennedy University School of Law and has often spoken and written on bankruptcy-related topics.  Mr. Katzen is a past president of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum and a long-time member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  He has also been a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section, served on the CCCBA’s Board of Directors and its delegation to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, and was the founding chairman of its Corporate Counsel & Business Attorneys Section.  Mr. Katzen attended King Hall School of Law at the University of California at Davis, where he served on the Law Review, received numerous academic awards, and graduated with honors in 1977.

Former partner DAVID A. SCHURICHT retired in November 2015, after four decades of practice.  He graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 and then served as a law clerk for the California State Court of Appeal.  After several years with federally-funded legal services organizations, Mr. Schuricht moved into private practice in 1983.  Before co-founding Katzen & Schuricht, he spent more than 14 years handling real estate, business litigation, bankruptcy, and debtor-creditor matters.  Mr. Schuricht is a past chairman of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section.  He was also a member of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum and of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa-Solano Center for Consumer Law and Self-Help, an organization devoted to helping persons of limited means secure assistance with legal problems.  David Schuricht’s keen intellect, bedrock integrity, selfless generosity, and boundless patience are virtues to which lawyers everywhere could aspire.


Katzen & Schuricht provides quality legal service at fair rates.  Assertive where appropriate but also practical and ethical, the firm prides itself on giving clients creative, resourceful, and cost-effective counsel.  Further information and references are available on request.

Statutory Disclosure:  Because Katzen & Schuricht occasionally provides and charges for bankruptcy assistance to individuals with primarily consumer debts (of which a home mortgage is often the major component), the firm sometimes functions as a “debt relief agency” within the meaning of Bankruptcy Code § 101(12A).  In that capacity and if appropriate, we help clients file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Note:  The firm gives legal advice only after expressly undertaking that responsibility.  An attorney-client relationship is not formed until (a) Katzen & Schuricht has confirmed that there are no conflicts between a prospective client’s interests and those of other clients (and, if the project may involve practice outside California, that the firm may properly render necessary services), (b) the prospective client and the firm have agreed on the scope of services to be rendered, and (c) suitable financial arrangements have been made.  The firm ordinarily requires that clients sign a formal agreement specifying the terms of the relationship.  Persons inquiring about assistance with legal problems should not disclose confidential information until an attorney explicitly invites such communications.