Michael W. Malter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Santa Clara, CA

Binder & Malter, LLP
 | 2775 Park Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: 408-295-1700
Fax: 408-295-1531
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (60%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (40%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael W. Malter co-founded his Santa Clara law firm, Binder & Malter LLP, in 2008. Since the establishment of the firm, Mr. Malter has continued to focus his efforts on assisting individuals, business owners and company leaders living and working in nearby San Jose, San Francisco and throughout Northern California work to overcome a variety of legal challenges in the following practice areas:

• Business law
• Real estate law
• Business bankruptcy and restructuring
• Debtor and creditor rights
• Commercial litigation
• Consumer bankruptcy

Mr. Malter earned his law degree from Santa Clara Law in 1980, and the State Bar of California granted him admission that same year. In addition to his approval to practice in all of California's state courtrooms, all of the U.S. District Courts in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have also granted him approval to practice in their courtrooms.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Malter has worked to earn the excellent reputation he now has. As a result of his efforts, he has earned recognition from his peers. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he was the 1987 recipient of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award.

Although attorney Malter's practice has grown, he remains active in the legal community. He is a member of a number of associations, including the American Bar Association, The Bar Association of San Francisco, and The Congressman Don Edwards American Inn of Court, where he is both a founder and a two-time past president.

The firm is a debt relief agency. It helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Bankruptcy
  • 40%Bankruptcy
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About Michael Malter

Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.bindermalter.com/michael-w-malter.html


  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member, Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004 - 2015
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year, 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law, The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Sections of the Santa Clara and San Francisco Bar Associations
  • Member, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association
  • Appointee, Resolution Advocate, Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court Dispute Resolution Program, 1995 - 1999
  • Appointee, Bankruptcy Judicial Selection Committee, 1991
  • Member, Planning Committee for the Bankruptcy Section, Northern District of California Judicial Conference, 1996
  • Appointee, Northern District Bankruptcy Court Bench/Bar Liaison Committee, 1993 - 1995
  • Member, Debtor/Creditor Executive Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1981 - 1995
  • Past Chairperson, Debtor/Creditor Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • First President, The Congressman Don Edwards Bankruptcy Inn of Court, San Jose chapter of American Inns of Court
  • Co-founder, The Congressman Don Edwards Bankruptcy Inn of Court, San Jose chapter of American Inns of Court

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, Consumer Bankruptcy Counseling Project - A Project of the Tides Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Bankruptcy topics, Santa Clara County Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Society
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy topics, California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy topics, the Family Law Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association
  • Panelist at numerous CEB and Santa Clara County Bar Association seminars on bankruptcy law and debtors' and creditors' rights, 1983 to present

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Featured in Financial Insider Weekly publication
  • Featured in KTVU publication
  • Featured in Law360 publication
  • Featured in the American Bar Journal publication
  • Featured in Forbes publication
  • Featured in Esquire publication
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Office Location for Michael W. Malter

2775 Park Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone: 408-295-1700

Fax: 408-295-1531

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Last Updated: 2/18/2020

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