Attorneys at Law
Box 735 ~ Alamo, CA 94507-0735
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
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
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.
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.