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James A. Shepherd

Law Offices of James Shepherd

Jim Shepherd’s bankruptcy and business litigation firm represents Bay Area individuals and companies facing financial distress or involved in commercial disputes. When you or your business face an uncertain financial future, an experienced attorney can help you chart a path forward. If you are considering whether bankruptcy is the right option for you or your business, or your are embroiled in a financial dispute in or out of court, we will be responsive to your needs and understanding of your concerns. You can expect practical, timely legal advice and skilled advocacy to help you reach your goals.

Jim has been in practice since 1995 and is AV-rated ‘Preeminent’ by Martindale-Hubbell. His experience includes a Federal clerkship for a Bankruptcy Judge, 8 years of large-firm bankruptcy, litigation and transactions experience, 2 years as a Trial Attorney with the US Department of Justice (US Trustee Program) followed by 10-plus years as a Bay Area provider of bankruptcy, out-of-court restructuring and litigation services including:

Personal Bankruptcy — If you are facing overwhelming debt, whether consumer credit, medical bills, business-related losses, student loans, divorce-related debt or lawsuits/judgments, you will benefit from our experience in all phases of debtor and creditor law in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We will support you through each step in the process, providing personalized and practical guidance.

Business Bankruptcy and Workouts — Companies in financial distress may find relief through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a legal process that allows a business to obtain debt relief while continuing its business operations. Jim Shepherd has broad experience representing debtors, creditors and Trustees in Chapter 11. He also can advise on out of court restructuring, which may provide advantages over the Chapter 11 process.

Business Law and Litigation — Jim’s business law and litigation services include all phases of litigation/lawsuits, workouts and mediation, real estate and forbearance, and other business dispute resolution matters.

We always offer a one-hour free consultation to get an understanding of your situation and offer our initial insights and guidance. Call (925) 954-7554 or email us at or using the form below.


Walnut Creek

2121 N. California Blvd, Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-7351
Tel: 925.954.7554
Fax: 925.281.2341


Downtown Oakland

1425 Leimert Boulevard, Suite 406
Oakland, CA 94602
Tel: 510.828.3008

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If you find yourself dealing with the unfortunate circumstances that lead you to contemplate bankruptcy, call James Shepherd. Just do it. Don’t even shop around.

Let me start out by saying that I had the painful experience of dealing with a slimy lawyer who was clearly just out to make a buck or two (more like several thousand). I should have trusted my instincts and run screaming…the fancy office and cufflinks should have been a big clue. So it was with trepidation that I made the call to consult with Jim, who’s name I found on the Nolo Press website.

I called his office…he answered. No receptionist, no canned messages telling me of his “winning“ (read overpriced) services. No partners. No billable hours.

He talked to me for over an hour, listening carefully and expressing true compassion without trying to talk me into hiring him. He expressed his philosophy (which it turns out he really practices) and suggested I meet him in person to further discuss my case. He gave the instructions to bring pertinent documents and then scheduled an appointment.

I arrived at his office on time…he was coming back from a lunch break and was a little late, so I was a little nervous. But considering that he was carrying a brown paper bag I figured that it wasn’t a power lunch…just a regular ol’ lunch. He was genuinely apologetic, so my anxiety was eased (as much as it could be under the circumstances which led me there).

The minute I stepped into his modest office above the Dress Barn (why do they still insist on calling it that?) I felt at ease. He has a very small waiting area just a step or two away from his desk, and his walls are lined with the requisite law books. Very cozy.

I brought the documents he requested to start the conversation, and boy, what a conversation! He spent TWO HOURS with me, delving into the details of my case and providing a clear and concise explanation of my options. This was free of charge. He stated his fees at the time, a low fixed rate of $1500 plus filing fees for straightforward Chapter 7 cases, an hourly rate of $250 for litigation outside of the basic filing, and a retainer of $2000 for Chapter 13 cases.

He did some initial calculations to help advise me of my options, and suggested I mull them over and get back to him with my decision to move forward with the filing (or not). He put no pressure on me to hire him.

Needless to say, I hired him. And I’m very glad that I did. Not only did he facilitate my case ethically and professionally, he made himself available for my every question and addressed all of my concerns with diplomacy and compassion along the way. He continues to help me, even to this day. Though my debts have been discharged, there are lingering issues relating to my divorce (a major factor in my decision to file bankruptcy) and Jim has kindly availed himself to me, offering his expertise with generosity and alacrity.

It’s with genuine gratitude that I recommend James Shepherd to anyone facing bankruptcy. If only ALL lawyers operated the same way…

Becky M.