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Steven Jay Katzman, former Assistant United States Attorney and United States Trustee, has been named President of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum for 2011-2012.

Sun 9th Jan 2011, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Curran v. Curran

Thu 3rd Jun 2010, Blog, Case Successes

Steven Jay Katzman and Ariana Seldman Hawbecker successfully obtained a non-dischargeable judgment related to misrepresentations between former spouses related to acquisition and sale of residence. See the Judgment here →

Federal District Court Orders the United States Secret Service to Return Over One Million in Embezzled Tax Refunds to a Federal Bankruptcy Trustee

Sat 27th Mar 2010, Blog, Case Successes

On a motion brought by Bienert | Katzman, a federal district court judge in San Diego, California, ordered the return of over $1 million in embezzled tax refunds belonging to the bankruptcy estate of SLE Metal, Inc., which had been seized by the United States Secret Service in March 2010. The Secret Service held the funds for over three years, despite several requests for return of the funds by the federal bankruptcy Trustee of the …

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. is peer rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble. The rating reflects the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary and is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Sat 9th Jan 2010, Blog, Firm Accomplishments and Recognition

Diversified Trust Deed Fund v. Stanley E. Fulton

Fri 27th Nov 2009, Blog, Case Successes

Litigating a case of first impression on interpretation of reasonably equivalent value under the Nevada Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act in cases alleging actual fraud, Steven Jay Katzman and Luis Feldstein, along with Nevada co-counsel, successfully defended a lawsuit brought by the liquidating agent and manager of a mortgage company against a prominent Las Vegas resident, accused of receiving a fraudulent conveyance and receipt of stolen property. Summary Judgment was successively obtained against the Fund in favor of our …

Spear v. Cyprus

Fri 27th Nov 2009, Blog, Case Successes

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. and Luis A. Feldstein secured the dismissal with prejudice of a federal civil action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint made baseless claims that Bienert | Katzman’s client had defrauded mortgage lenders through the use of straw buyers to purchase properties. After the plaintiff’s initial complaint was dismissed for failure to state a claim and on other grounds, the plaintiff filed two amended complaints …

Court Denies Trustee’s Attempt to Deprive Fraud Victim of Funds Seized From Defendant

Mon 27th Jul 2009, Blog, Case Successes

Sixteen years after Dr. Ronald Cunning obtained a multi-million dollar judgment against Lloyd Rucker, a federal court once again ruled the victim can take steps towards collecting over $1million that was seized from Rucker 8 years ago.  This victory is just the latest hurdle of many that Dr. Cunning and his tenacious team of trial lawyers led by Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. at Bienert | Katzman have overcome.  After being defrauded in 1994, Dr. Cunning obtained a verdict …

United States v. Sarshad

Fri 24th Apr 2009, Blog, Case Successes

Thomas H. Bienert, Jr., Luis A. Feldstein, and Christi McGowan scored a major victory by securing a not-guilty verdict on all charges against their client (Sarshad) after a seven-week trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The 75-count indictment alleged Sarshad and three other doctors, had billed Medicare for respiratory treatments that were never administered or were done so in violation of Medicare regulations. The 12-member jury unanimously acquitted Sarshad, deciding …

United States v. Manderson

Fri 2nd Jan 2009, Blog, Case Successes

Kenneth M. Miller successfully challenged the District Court’s valuation of restitution.  The Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded the order of restitution. Read the Opinion →

Gnesda v. UPS

Sun 27th Jul 2008, Blog, Case Successes

After a 3 week trial, an LA jury awarded our client a $21 million verdict in wrongful termination case.