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Reno Fernandez

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Phone: (408) 295-1700
Fax: (408) 295-1531

2775 Park Ave,
Santa Clara, California 95050

Mr. Fernandez is an associate at Binder & Malter LLP.

Reno is certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the State Bar of California Board of Specialization. Reno has U.S. Supreme Court experience (Bartenwerfer v. Buckley, 143 S.Ct. 665 (2023)) and a published Ninth Circuit opinion (Kupfer v. Salma (In re Kupfer), 852 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2016)). He is a former chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California's Business Law Section and the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, among other activities. Reno earned his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Reno's past clients ranged from enterprises with assets or amounts in controversy exceeding $200 million to small businesses, including technology companies, biotechnology companies, startups, hotels, Bitcoin-based companies, mortgage funds and hedge funds, national and regional banks, retail chains, medical clinics, residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE), equipment lessors, farms, wineries, livestock auctioneers, restaurants, churches, nonprofits, real estate developers, office buildings, apartments, shopping centers and malls, and manufacturers.

Reno has handled unique and challenging distressed asset sales, including an operating marina, a large YMCA, modern apartment complexes, commercial land, intellectual property, equipment, receiverships and portfolios of loans secured by development property located in several states.

Reno has prosecuted and defended fraudulent transfer, preference and other avoidance actions as well as nondischargeability actions, relief-from-stay trials and other litigation.


J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law
Witkin Award in Community Property
CALI Award for Excellence in Community Property
CALI Award for Excellence in Special Problems in Contracts and Torts
CALI Award for Excellence in Intermediate Legal Writing
Dean's List

B.A. Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley

Bar Memberships State Bar of California
USDC: Northern District Of California
USDC: Eastern District Of California
USDC: Central District Of California
USDC: Southern District Of California
Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
Board of Directors, Member 2011 - 2016
Publicity Committee, Member 2014 - 2016

Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyer 2022 - 2023
Rising Star 2012 - 2021

California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section
Executive Committee, Member 2017 - 2018
Co-Chair, Insolvency Law Committee 2016 - 2017

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation Program
Member, Organizing Committee 2014 - 2015

Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
Executive Committee, Business Law Section 2015 - 2016
Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section 2012 - 2014
Board of Directors, Ex Officio Member 2012 - 2013

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Bar Rules Advisory Group
Leader, Chapter 11 Plan
Member, Payroll Form Revision Team 2014

BASF Barrister's Club
Board of Directors, Secretary 2012 - 2013
Board of Directors, Member 2011 - 2013
Liaison to State Bar Conference of Delegates Committee 2012 - 2013
Liaison to Criminal Law & Government Section 2011 - 2013
Liaison to Construction Law Section 2011 - 2012
Chair, Business, Commercial & Bankruptcy Section 2010 - 2011

BASF National Volunteer Week, Recognized for Outstanding Leadership 2015

San Francisco Magazine, Top Attorneys
Northern California Rising Star 2015 - 2022
Northern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers 2012 - 2014

BASF Consumer Debt Clinic
Outstanding Volunteer Award 2009 & 2010

Publications/Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Bankruptcy Appeals at All Levels," Bar Association of San Francisco, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, October 18, 2022.
  • "Ponzi Schemes: Expertly Defending the Innocent Investor,"  California Society of CPA's (CalCPA), Forensics and Investigations Section, Los Angeles, California,  February 27, 2018
  • "Bankruptcy 101: Fundamentals for Non-Bankruptcy Litigators,"  Alameda County Bar Association, November 8, 2017
  • "License to Steal? Assumption and Rejection of Intellectual Property License Agreements in Bankruptcy,"  Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, June 28, 2017
  • "Complex Case Analysis,"  California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, May 20, 2017
  • "Creditors' Rights and Remedies,"  Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), July 2016
  • "Should I Stay, or Should I Go? Commercial Leases and Bankruptcy,"  Real Property Section of the State Bar of California, 2016 Annual Summit, May 21, 2016.
  • "When a Nonprofit Corporation Is Insolvent: Considerations, Options and Procedures,"  Meeting of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the State Bar of California's Business Law Section, May 28, 2015
  • "Tax, Regulatory and Bankruptcy Issues in Arbitration,"  Bar Association of San Francisco, Arbitration Committee, September 19, 2014
  • "Chapter 11 in a Nutshell,"  California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2014
  • "Landlord-Tenant Law & Bankruptcy,"  Sterling Education Services, Inc., August 11, 2011
  • "Bankruptcy Resources for Financial Educators,"  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Financial Education Network of San Francisco, May 27, 2010


  • Editor for bankruptcy chapters of Retail Leasing and Real Property Ownership & Taxation,  California Education of the Bar (CEB), 2021-2023
  • "Enforcing Arbitration Agreements in Bankruptcy,"  California Lawyers Association Business Law News, Issue 1, 2018
  • "When a Nonprofit Corporation is Insolvent…"  State Bar of California   Business   Law News, Issue 2, 2016
  • Numerous articles for  Legal by the Bay, the Bar Association of San Francisco's blog (blog.sfbar.org), including "Lien Priorities Altered When One Creditor Breaches Fiduciary Duties to Another," January 21, 2015
  • "Enforcement of Non-Debtor Releases in International Insolvency Proceedings,"  State Bar of California   Business   Law News, Issue 2, 2014
  • Numerous articles for the Bar Association of San Francisco's  Bulletin, including  "The Business Judgment Rule in the Central District of California," March, 2014
  • "Discharging Trust- Related  Claims in Bankruptcy,"  Bar Association of San Francisco Continuing Legal Education Program Self Study Examinations, February, 2014
  • "'Hamilton v. Lanning' Redefines Consumer Bankruptcy Practice,"  The Recorder, Vol. 134, No. 112, July 5, 2010
  • Numerous articles for the  Bankruptcy e-Bulletin  of the  State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, including  "Supreme Court Rules Section 526(a)(4)'s Limitation on Advice to Debtors is Constitutional," March 12, 2010
  • "Almond Growers Beat Secured Lenders in Priorities Fight,"  Non-Sequitur, Stanislaus County Bar Association Newsletter, December, 2006