We have one of California’s only 18 Consumer Bankruptcy Law Lawyer specialists in our firm–and over 100 years of combined bankruptcy law experience.
The Southern California Bankruptcy Law Center has a team of lawyers and paralegals with years of experience who are trained to assist you through the troubling process of filing for Bankruptcy. Our lawyers consist of the some of the most highly trained and experienced bankruptcy attorneys in the country.
Scott N. Orona Esq.
Attorney Scott Orona has been a lawyer for over 27 years. Mr. Orona began his career gaining extensive trial experience. For the last 24 years Mr. Orona has focused his legal career on bankruptcy and real estate law. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Orona was the legal counsel for the current standing Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee David Skelton.
While acting in the capacity as the trustee´s attorney he conducted 341 (meeting of the creditors) examinations and reviewed thousands of bankruptcy petitions. Due to working as the legal counsel for the current Chapter 13 Trustee, he completely understands the inner workings of that office and understands the requirements to get a case confirmed.
Mr. Orona also possesses a Real Estate Broker´s license with the California Department of Real Estate. With his combined extensive experience in the field of bankruptcy law as well as his background in real estate, Attorney Scott Orona understands the complex situations many of our potential clients face regarding foreclosures, loan modification programs, and the inner workings of the chapter 13 trustee´s office. Mr. Orona handles and oversees the majority of the Chapter 13 cases that Bankruptcy Law Center filed. His vast bankruptcy law experience as well as his background in real estate law allows him to truly help the majority of our clients who are suffering from foreclosure related issues.
Brian J. McGoldrick Esq.
Mr. McGoldrick has been a licensed California attorney for over 20 years. He began his bankruptcy career working for a bankruptcy trustee in the Central District of California while he attended Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles.
While working for the Trustee’s office he worked on and helped administer thousands of bankruptcy cases. This experience working in the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee’s office allowed him to see every type of bankruptcy case filed and allowed him to sharpen his expertise with regards to his bankruptcy cases. After passing the bar he moved to the Inland Empire where he continued to practice bankruptcy as well as probate law and immigration law.
Therefore, he is one of the few bankruptcy attorneys in San Diego County who have a vast experience with the inner workings of the Riverside Bankruptcy Court as well as the San Diego Bankruptcy Court. This experience practicing in the Inland Empire allows him to assist our clients who live in Temecula and other parts of Riverside and San Bernardino County.
Mr. McGoldrick has focused almost his entire career on Bankruptcy law and is admitted to practice law in every district in California. Mr. McGoldrick moved to San Diego in 2001 and in that time he has filed over 2,500 bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court (San Diego Bankruptcy Court) and many more in the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court as well.
AHREN A. TILLER ESQ.
Attorney Ahren Tiller is one of only three Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Law Specialists in San Diego County. He has been recognized by the American Board of Certification as being a Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law. He graduated from the University of California with High Honors receiving admission into the prestigious Golden Key Honors Society. He then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego receiving his law degree. While there, Mr. Tiller received the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Medal for academic excellence, the Witkin-Cali Award for academic excellence, and was named to the Dean´s List. He graduated law school at an accelerated pace of only two years (usually takes 3 years to graduate).
Since becoming a lawyer, he has practiced primarily in the area of Bankruptcy Law. He has been the attorney of record on over 4,000 bankruptcy cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, and has been the attorney of record in at least 25 adversary proceedings in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California and been trial counsel in over 20 trials in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California.
Attorney Ahren Tiller is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, San Diego County Bar Association, a member of the California Bankruptcy Forum, and a member of the American Association of Justice. He is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Bankruptcy Forum, as well as a committee member on the Southern District Bankruptcy Court’s Chapter 13 Rights and Responsibilities Committee. He has completed over 200 hours of continuing legal education in the field of bankruptcy law, and has attended multiple conventions and seminars covering the areas of bankruptcy law. He is respected among his peers as being one of San Diego’s preeminent bankruptcy lawyers.
Further, Ahren Tiller focuses a portion of his practice on Consumer Protection litigation. He is currently a lead attorney on multiple national class action lawsuits filed on behalf of a class of Debtors against creditors for violations committed in bankruptcy court. He has also successfully litigated actions in federal district court under the Fair Debt Collections Practices act and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Ahren Tiller is admitted to practice before the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court, the Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court, the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court, and the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court. Furthermore, he is admitted to practice before the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, as well the 9th Circuit Court of appeals. He has orally argued matters before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
MARK MANISCALCO ESQ.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Attorney Mark Maniscalco´s background consists of years of civil litigation experience. He graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 2004.
He began his career as a plaintiff´s attorney and a family law attorney (divorce law), where he initiated litigation against multiple large companies and corporations and helped countless families receive an amicable divorce. He handles all of Bankruptcy Law Center´s creditor harassment litigation, motions for relief from stay, and a majority of the law and motion work.
His extensive background in the area of divorce law offers great assistance to many of our clients who are not only suffering from crushing and overwhelming debt related problems, yet also are dealing with issues related to their divorces ranging from child support garnishments, custody issues, and disputes over divisions of assets.
As with all of the attorneys at the Bankruptcy Law Center, Mark Maniscalco focuses primarily on bankruptcy law. He works with clients suffering from crushing credit card debt, tax issues, foreclosure related issues, and repossessions. Mr. Maniscalco has the experience in litigation to take on the banks when they do not comply with the automatic stay imposed by Bankruptcy Code section 362, and/or the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Title 15 USC 1692. He has been able to sue collection agencies in order to recovery money for our clients, which has ultimately paid for their bankruptcy legal fees.
CAROLINA KOTZIAS TILLER ESQ.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Carolina Kotzias Tiller was born and raised in Brazil. She graduated in law from the Pontifice Catholic University of Parana (Brazilian Law School) in 2003, and thereafter became a lawyer in Brazil. Ms. Kotzias graduated at the very top of her law school class. She impressed her law school professors so much that after graduation she was invited to become the youngest law school professor at the University of Tuiuti of Parana.
After 2 years of working at the university, Ms. Kotzias Tiller decided to move to Boston, Massachusetts, in order to be closer to her Mother and Sister who were living in the United States at that time. After working in the United States as a medical interpreter for two years in order to perfect her English, Ms. Kotzias Tiller enrolled herself in the New England School of Law, in Boston, MA.
While at the New England School of Law, Ms. Kotzias Tiller received the Cali Award for Academic Excellence in Modern Remedies and was placed on the Dean’s List. In May of 2008, Ms. Kotzias received her Master’s of Law Degree (LLM). After earning her Master’s Degree in Law, Ms. Kotzias sat for the California Bar Exam. She passed the California Bar Exam in 2008 and became a California Licensed Attorney (only 21% of all foreign lawyers who sit for the California Bar Exam passed – Ms. Kotzias passed on her first attempt). Ms. Kotzias has focused her entire career in the field of bankruptcy law. She has worked on thousands of bankruptcy cases and is extremely familiar with all five (5) Bankruptcy Judges in the Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court, as well as all nine (9) Chapter 7 Trustees, and both of the two (2) Chapter 13 Trustees. She has developed a great reputation around the local bankruptcy community and is known for diligently advocating for her clients.
Carolina Kotzias possesses a passion for the area of bankruptcy law. Her goal is to help every one of her clients get their life back on track and receive a fresh start. Her diligence, intelligence, and great reputation within the bankruptcy community allows her to provide her clients with the best representation possible.
ANIKA RENAUD-KIM ESQ.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Attorney Anika Renaud-Kim has dedicated her entire career to the practice of Bankruptcy Law. She graduated at the top of her class from California Western School of Law, Since becoming a lawyer Attorney Anika Renaud-Kim has worked only in the field of Bankruptcy law. In doing so she has worked on over a 1000 bankruptcy cases on behalf of her clients.
The majority of the Bankruptcy Cases she works on are Chapter 13′s and in doing so has gained extensive experience with the Chapter 13 Trustees’ offices in both the Central and Southern Districts of California Bankruptcy Courts. She is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and diligent in her representation of her clients. If you have a bankruptcy related issue in Southern California ranging from an upside down property, repossession, or foreclosure, then Ms. Renaud-Kim is definitely able to assist you.
DEREK SOINSKI ESQ.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Attorney Derek Soinski practices solely in the area of Bankruptcy Law. He has worked on over 1000 bankruptcy cases in the Southern District of California Bankruptcy Court.
He graduated from the University of West Georgia at the top of his class, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After graduation he worked in the area of fiance for an emerging investment capital firm, where he developed a background in the banking and finance industry. Mr. Soinski later attended California Western School of Law in San Diego receiving his law degree. While in law school, he was a member of the business law society, named to the Dean´s List, and graduated at the very top of his class.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Soinski passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt and began working solely in the area of Bankruptcy law. Attorney Derek Soinski works on a majority of the Bankruptcy Law Center’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, our business cases, and works closely with Attorney Ahren Tiller on all of the adversarial proceedings or complex litigation cases that come through our firm. Unlike many of the general area of practice firms, Bankruptcy is the only area of law in which Derek Soinski and the other lawyers at Bankruptcy Law Center, APC practice.
Mr. Soinski has amassed many accomplishments throughout his career, including authoring an article published by the prestigious California Bar Report. He has worked on over 1000 bankruptcy cases and possesses extensive experience in the field of bankruptcy law. Attorney Derek Soinski is a skilled practitioner who has appeared before all of the bankruptcy court judges in the Southern of California on multiple occasions, therefore if you are faced with debt related issues and looking into filing bankruptcy, he can definitely help.
CHRISTIAN T. SPAULDING ESQ.
Christian Spaulding obtained his undergraduate degree from Chapman University in Orange, CA with a bachelor of science in accounting. While completing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Spaulding was the recipient of the prestigious Wall Street Journal Student Business Award. Mr. Spaulding graduated at the top of his accounting program at Chapman University and proceeded to attend law school at Chapman University School of Law where he received a merit scholarship based on his undergraduate studies performance. During law school, Mr. Spaulding distinguished himself as an executive board member of the Chapman Law Review. Mr. Spaulding participated in the tax law emphasis program at Chapman School of Law where he assisted taxpayers in their battles in tax court against the Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. Spaulding passed the California bar examination on his first attempt and began his legal career as an attorney with the County of Orange where practiced as a trial attorney for the county in State Court. After parting ways with the County of Orange, Mr. Spaulding has been practicing consumer bankruptcy ever since, representing individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties in the Central District of California. Mr. Spaulding is a member of the following organizations:
- Orange County Bar Association
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- OCBA – Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section
- OCBA and Public Law Center – Pro Bono Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic Volunteer
- Saddleback Church – Parking Lot Justice Attorney Volunteer
- Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
- Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum