Jeff Curl San Francisco bankruptcy attorney
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Why I practice as a bankruptcy attorney in San Francisco

I believe in second chances. Bad things happen. Sometimes misfortune comes to us by events beyond our control, sometimes it’s self-inflicted. If you find yourself in financial trouble, no matter what the cause, bankruptcy offers a second chance. I help police officers, teachers, business owners, bankers, retail clerks, students, doctors and more. You are not alone; our clients represent the whole spectrum of income, education and status in society.

Bankruptcy is our society’s way of saying that if you are honest, but need a way out of overwhelming debt, bankruptcy can help. I like this particular area of law because as a culture, it says we believe in forgiveness and that we would rather get you back on your feet and become a productive member of society again.

The hardest part for you

Having met with hundreds of people in your situation, I can tell you the hardest part is taking that first step to get help. But I can also tell you that waiting and procrastinating almost always makes things worse. Your situation can get more complicated, expensive and harder to fix. And if bankruptcy is not a good solution, I will tell you and layout possible alternative solutions.

How I can help you

I am a San Francisco bankruptcy attorney dedicated to representing individuals, families and small businesses in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, as well as debt settlement. I will take the time to analyze the circumstances unique to you to help you make an informed decision.

I know you are facing difficult choices, and you may feel overwhelmed, uncertain, stressed or embarrassed. If this is happening, I encourage you to schedule a consultation so that we can find a way together to get you a fresh start.


J.D., Santa Clara University, School of Law
B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz


State Bar of California
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional affiliations

United States Bankruptcy Court, Norther District of California, Bench Bar Liaison Committee (2016-2019 appointment)
State Bar of California, Insolvency Committee (2017-2020 appointment)
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum (various times)
Bar Association of San Francisco (various times)
San Mateo County Bar Association (various times)
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
The Bar Association of San Francisco – Solo & Small Firm Practice,
Barristers Section, Chair (former)

Recent speaking engagements

Cloud Servers in Law Practice, Legal Marketing Technology Conference (October 11, 2012)
Ethics Compliance When Using Technology, Bar Association of San Francisco (May 3, 2012)
Law Practice Management, Santa Clara University School of Law (March 23, 2012)
Blogging 101 for Lawyers, Bar Association of San Francisco (February 21, 2012)
Start Off the New Year Debt Free, San Francisco Law Library (February 6, 2012)
Distressed Homeowner Educational Forum, Bay Area Resource (January 28, 2012)
Strategies & Solutions in Distressed Real Estate Market, Bay Area Resource (June 22, 2011)
Law Practice Management, Santa Clara University School of Law (January 7, 2011)
Bankruptcy, Short Sales and Real Estate, Pacifica Realtor’s Association (October 26, 2010)
Dealing With Financial Problems, San Francisco Law Library (October 8, 2010)
Cover Your Assets, San Francisco Law Library (May 20, 2010)
Law Practice Management, Santa Clara University School of Law (January 5, 2010)