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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 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business, Bankruptcy: Consumer
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Michael W. Malter co-founded his Santa Clara law firm, Binder & Malter LLP, in 1988. 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
  • 80%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20%Bankruptcy: Consumer
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2022

About Michael W. Malter

First Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Featured in Forbes publication
  • Featured in KTVU publication
  • Featured in Esquire publication
  • Featured in Law360 publication
  • Featured in the American Bar Journal publication
  • Featured in Financial Insider Weekly publication

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Appointee, Northern District Bankruptcy Court Bench/Bar Liaison Committee, 1993 - 1995
  • Co-Chairperson Congressman Don Edwards Inn of Court, 2021
  • Appointee, Resolution Advocate, Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court Dispute Resolution Program, 1995 - 1999
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Debtor/Creditor Executive Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1981 - 1995
  • Appointee, Bankruptcy Judicial Selection Committee, 1991
  • Member, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Sections of the Santa Clara and San Francisco Bar Associations
  • First President, The Congressman Don Edwards Bankruptcy Inn of Court, San Jose chapter of American Inns of Court
  • Past Chairperson, Debtor/Creditor Committee, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member, Planning Committee for the Bankruptcy Section, Northern District of California Judicial Conference, 1996
  • Member, Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association
  • Co-founder, The Congressman Don Edwards Bankruptcy Inn of Court, San Jose chapter of American Inns of Court
  • Member, Santa Clara County Bar Association Law

Pro bono/Community Service

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


  • 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

Educational Background

  • 1980 Santa Clara University School of Law, 1980

Special Licenses/Certifications

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

Representative Clients

  • Rash Curtis - settled $265,000,000 jury verdict against client for zero dollars paid., 2019
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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

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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