Steven Werth has represented debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters for over two decades. He has worked with individuals and companies in industries ranging from entertainment to janitorial services and manufacturing, regularly representing creditors’ committees and small business debtors in Chapter 11 matters.
Steven has particular expertise in negotiating landlord-tenant disputes that arise in the bankruptcy process, as well as addressing land-use issues and restrictive covenants related to golf course bankruptcies. He regularly navigates foreclosure actions on behalf of real property owners, in relation to office buildings and multi-unit residential properties, reorganizing debt and providing a runway to sale or refinancing.
His experience representing Chapter 11 debtors has included the following:
In addition to his Chapter 11 work, Steven handles complex Chapter 7 liquidations involving business cessations or complicated assets (such as large collections of art).
Steven has represented Chapter 7 debtors and creditors in matters including the following:
Steven has also participated in litigation and secured settlements through mediation on behalf of business clients and served as an expert witness on bankruptcy issues. His experience includes the following examples:
Steven works closely with the bankruptcy department of Public Counsel, representing clients pro bono in connection with re-affirmation hearings. He also speaks and writes extensively about student loan debt. Outside of his legal work, Steven maintains a fascinating collection of interests, including writing horror novels, painting flowers and WWII soldiers, and designing his own board games. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Oregon adjacent to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Steven is involved in efforts around cultural preservation for Native American artifacts in the state, as well as issues of restorative farming and agricultural land use.
State Bar of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
University of Southern California School of Law – Juris Doctor (1999)
Pomona College – Bachelor of Arts (1996)