Attorneys at Law
1990 N. California Blvd., Ste. 600 ~ Walnut Creek, CA 94596-3744
Founded in 1996, the law firm
of Katzen & Schuricht focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency, and
debtor-creditor issues. Clients range
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 lawyers are admitted to
practice in California
but (if efficient and legally proper) may appear in bankruptcies pending
The firm 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. The partners
have each been practicing for over 30 years.
Their credentials are summarized below.
DAVID I. KATZEN (email@example.com; (925)
831-8254; fax (877) 779-3724) 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 serves 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 often speaks and
writes 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 is also a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s
Commercial Law & 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.
DAVID A. SCHURICHT (firstname.lastname@example.org;
(925) 279-3080; fax (877) 779-3724) 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 Commercial Law & Bankruptcy
Section. He is also a member of the Bay
Area Bankruptcy Forum and of the American Bankruptcy Institute. In addition, Mr. Schuricht is a member of the
Board of Directors of the Contra
for Consumer Law and Self-Help, an organization devoted to helping persons of
limited means secure assistance with legal problems.
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.