Reno F.R. Fernandez III

Reno F.R. Fernandez III

Macdonald Fernandez LLP handles business bankruptcy, reorganization and commerci
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law
  • California
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Macdonald Fernandez LLP focuses on business bankruptcy, reorganization and commercial litigation, including receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors, throughout California and pro hac vice in Delaware, the Southern District of New York. – Our clients range from enterprises with assets or amounts in controversy exceeding $100 million to small businesses, including technology companies, biotechnology companies, startups, Bitcoin-based companies, mortgage funds, national and regional banks, retail chains, medical clinics, residential care facilities for the elderly, farms, wineries, restaurants, churches, real estate developers and manufacturers. – In one example, we imposed a receivership over an operating almond reprocessing facility (one of only a handful in the world) and turned valueless almond-byproduct supplies into valuable inventory, resulting in a recovery for creditors. – We have handled unique and challenging distressed asset sales, including an operating marina, a large YMCA, modern apartment complexes, commercial land, intellectual property, equipment and portfolios of loans secured by development property located in several states. – We have prosecuted and defended fraudulent transfer, preference and other avoidance actions as well as nondischargeability actions, relief-from-stay trials and other litigation. We have handled appeals before the District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. LEADERSHIP & AWARDS State Bar of California, Business Law Section Member, Insolvency Law Committee – 2013 – Present Chair, Constituency, Outreach and Website Subcommittee – 2014 – Present Assistant Chair, Education Subcommittee – 2013 – 2014 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation Program Member, Organizing Committee – 2014 – Present Selectee – 2013 Bar Association of San Francisco (“

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
9th Circuit
Professional Experience
Attorney
Macdonald Fernandez LLP
- Current
Education
Golden Gate University School of Law
J.D. (2007) | Law
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Honors: 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
University of California - Berkeley
B.A. (2004) | Philosophy
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Activities: Student Advocates Office, Caseworker Member Advocate, Berkeley Student Co-ops
Awards
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2015
2014 California Excellence Award
United States Institute for Advancement of Trade and Commerce
Macdonald Fernandez LLP Receives USIATC's California Excellence Award for 2014
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2014
Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
San Francisco Magazine
San Francisco Magazine, Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2014
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2013
Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
San Francisco Magazine
San Francisco Magazine, Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2013
Rising Star
Super Lawyers Magazine
Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2012
Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers
San Francisco Magazine
San Francisco Magazine, Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2012
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Bar Association of San Francisco
BASF Consumer Debt Clinic, Outstanding Volunteer Award - 2010
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Bar Association of San Francisco
BASF Consumer Debt Clinic, Outstanding Volunteer Award - 2009
Professional Associations
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Bar Rules Advisory Group
Member
- Current
Activities: Leader, Chapter 11 Plan “Subgroup One” – 2014 Member, Payroll Form Revision Team – 2014
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation Program
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Organizing Committee, 2014 – Present Selectee, 2013
California State Bar # 251934
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section, 2013 - Present Member, Business Law Section, 2007 - Present Member, 2007 - Present
Bar Association of San Francisco
Member
- Current
Activities: Immediate Past Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section – 2015 – Present Executive Committee, Business Law Section – 2015 – Present Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section – 2012 – 2014 Member, Board of Directors – 2012 –2013 Vice Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section – 2011 –2012
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Board of Directors, 2011 – Present Member, Publicity Committee, 2014 – Present
BASF Barrister’s Club, Secretary, Board of Directors
Member
- Current
Activities: Member, Board of Directors, 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 Consumer Debt Clinic
Volunteer
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Activities: Outstanding Volunteer Award – 2010 Outstanding Volunteer Award – 2009
Publications
Articles & Publications
Getting to the Core of Arbitration in Bankruptcy
San Francisco Attorney Magazine
The Business Judgment Rule in the Central District of California
Legal by the Bay
If You Are A Spendthrift (Trust), Go To Hawaii
Legal By the Bay
Lien Priorities Altered When One Creditor Breaches Fiduciary Duties to Another
Legal by the Bay
Discharging Student Loans
Legal by the Bay
Enforcement of Non-Debtor Releases in International Insolvency Proceedings
State Bar of California Business Law News
Can Bitcoin be Used as Collateral to Secure a Loan?
Legal by the Bay
License Assumed While Related Agreements Rejected
Legal by the Bay
Discharging Trust-Related Claims in Bankruptcy
Bar Association of San Francisco
The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (“BAP”) recently upheld summary judgment in favor of a creditor under Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(6), excepting from discharge debts for willful and malicious injury, in which the bankruptcy court applied is
Bankruptcy e-Bulletin, State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee
Social Security Cannot Be Attached to Reimburse Insurer
Legal by the Bay
Partnership That Never Existed Cannot Create Nondischargeable Debt
Legal by the Bay
Junior Mortgage Discharged Notwithstanding Fraud Allegations
Legal by the Bay
Under Washington Law, Marriage Establishes No Express or Technical Trust With Respect to the Exception from Discharge Provided in Bankruptcy Code Section 523(a)(4)
Legal by the Bay
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a Chapter 7 debtor lost her California homestead exemption when she failed to reinvest the proceeds within six months of a post-petition sale
Bankruptcy e-Bulletin, State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee
’Hamilton v. Lanning’ Redefines Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
The Recorder
Supreme Court Rules Section 526(a)(4)’s Limitation on Advice to Debtors is Constitutional
Bankruptcy e-Bulletin, State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee
Bankruptcy Code’s ‘Homestead Cap’ May Not Apply To Property Acquired More Than 1215 Days Pre-Petition Even If Debtor Established Residency More Recently
Bankruptcy e-Bulletin, State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee
Almond Growers Beat Secured Lenders in Priorities Fight
Non-Sequitur, Stanislaus County Bar Association Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
Bankruptcy Resources for Financial Educators
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Financial Education Network of San Francisco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT4tPQTkPxI&index=3&list=PLZBPA1cblWoga_JsD5ZoDhOAtCGzY37kI
’Show Me the Note’ and Other Recent Developments in California Foreclosure Law and Deficiencies, State Bar Annual Meeting
California State Bar
Chapter 11 in a Nutshell, State Bar Annual Meeting
California State Bar
https://calbar.inreachce.com/Details/Information/078be5f2-b8eb-4de9-8676-2ec8d47348f5
Tax, Regulatory and Bankruptcy Issues in Arbitration
Bar Association of San Francisco, Arbitration Committee
Business Bankruptcy Basics
LexVid Continuing Education
http://www.lexvid.com/cle/business-bankruptcy-basics-cle
How to Buy, Sell and Value a Law Practice
Bar Association of San Francisco, Senior Lawyers Section
https://basf.inreachce.com/Details?resultsPage=1&sortBy=recentlyaddedrecentlyadded&q=buy%2c+sell+law+practice&searchType=1&groupId=1e501559-b9f9-40f0-8dd7-c663cbd118b2
Websites & Blogs
Website
macfern.com
Blog
California Bankruptcy Blog
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. I have a small startup that some friends/family want to invest in.
A: Good question. The short answer is "yes." Some of the federal and state securities laws apply to all equity investments regardless of the status of the investor. However, some investments are exempt from registration, which simplifies things and saves costs. For example, private offerings of stock are exempt from registration under Section 506(b) of the Securities Act of 1933. Such private placements are exempt from registration under California state law pursuant to Corporations Code Section 25102(f). Other exemptions may apply as well. But it is important to know that: (1) each of these exemptions has other requirements that are not covered here but are crucially important; and (2) even if exempt, you must still file certain forms to let the government know you claim the exemption. For the federal government, the applicable form is "Form D." For California, the form is called a Limited Offering Exemption Notice (LOEN). Thank you.
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Business Bankruptcy Attorney
221 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
USA
Telephone: (415) 362-0449 Ext. 204