David M. Sternberg

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Walnut Creek, CA

David M. Sternberg & Associates
 | 540 Lennon Lane, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: 925-946-1400
Fax: 925-932-6986
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (30%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a founder of David M. Sternberg & Associates, Mr. Sternberg devotes his practice to handling a range of civil cases, including estate planning, bankruptcy, commercial law, business law, real estate and litigation. He takes cases throughout the Oakland, California, area, including Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Licensed in 1980, Mr. Sternberg brings decades of experience to his law firm. The State Bar of California has certified him as a specialist in bankruptcy law. He is also a real estate broker and certified mediator. He is admitted to practice before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Central districts of California and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Although many of the cases that come into his office may appear black and white, Mr. Sternberg understands that digging into the details is the best way to effectively resolve an issue. He compassionately guides clients through wills, trusts and probate. A skilled litigator, he is also practical and offers sound advice to clients involved in administrative hearings, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. In every matter, he takes the time to listen to clients as they share their concerns.

In 1974, Mr. Sternberg received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Antioch College. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1980 from the Golden Gate University School of Law.

Mr. Sternberg is a published author and a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the Alameda County Superior Court.

Mr. Sternberg is a debt relief agent. He helps people seek bankruptcy protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Real Estate (30%)

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Estate Planning

Business/Corporate (10%)

Bankruptcy (10%)

Focus Areas

Estate Planning


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006

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About David Sternberg

Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.davidsternberg-law.com/Attorneys/David-M-Sternbe...


  • Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, Commissioner, 2003
  • Super Lawyer - Top 5% of Attorneys in California

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law by the State Bar of California
  • California Real Estate Broker

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Alameda County Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, Legal Research Assistant, 1979 - 1981
  • Contra Costa County Municipal Court, Arbitrator
  • California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1990
  • Alameda County, Mediator, Private Mediator
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • Bankruptcy, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa County, Mount Diablo Municipal Court, Small Claims Judge Pro Tem, 1986
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern Division, Dispute Resolution Program, Court Panelist
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1992
  • Alameda County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Court Panelist
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member
  • Contra Costa County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Court Panelist
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1991

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Consumer Bankruptcy: Ethical Obligations for Debtors' Counsel, Seminar
  • "The Real Estate Market and Bankruptcy, Discussion of the Real Estate Crisis and Bankruptcy", Bar Journal, November, 2007
  • "Inside the Minds: Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Strategies", Aspatore Books, 2008
  • "Bankruptcy Forum: What Judges and Trustees Want You to Know", National Business Institute, January, 2011
  • Consumer Bankruptcy: Tips from the Pros, National Business Institute, Seminar
  • Consumer Bankruptcy: Chapter 7: Step-By-Step Procedures, National Business Institute, Seminar
  • "Civil Litigation in the Shadow of Bankruptcy", Contra Costa Lawyer, June, 1993

Educational Background:

  • Sangamon State University, T.A. Education, Major: Computer Programming and Education, 1994
  • Antioch College, Ohio, B.A., Major: Economics, 1974
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Office Location for David M. Sternberg

540 Lennon Lane
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Phone: 925-946-1400

Fax: 925-932-6986

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