Michael H. Meyer
Juris Doctorate (1978)
San Joaquin College of Law
B.A., Criminology (1972)
California State University, Fresno
Standing Chapter 12 Trustee, Eastern District of California, Fresno and Bakersfield Divisions (2012-Current)
Standing Chapter 13 Trustee, Eastern District of California, Fresno and Bakersfield Divisions (2007-Current)
Chapter 13 Trustee, Northern District of California, Santa Rosa Division (1999-2007)
Chapter 13 Trustee, Eastern District of California, Modesto Division (1992-1999)
Michael focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, general civil litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, receiverships, appellate advocacy, and probate. He has extensive experience representing debtors and creditors in chapter 7, chapter 11, and chapter 13 cases and as a bankruptcy trustee and court-appointed receiver.
Michael has over 35 years of experience in the field of consumer bankruptcy law. After graduating from law school, Michael started his own solo practice primarily representing individual consumer and business debtors. Michael continued to represent debtors for over 20 years before his appointment as a Chapter 13 Trustee.
In 1992, Michael was appointed as the Chapter 13 Trustee for Modesto, California. During his tenure as Trustee in Modesto, Michael was responsible for an office with over 20 staff members and managed over 5,000 active Chapter 13 cases. Eight years letter, Michael was appointed to open and run a new Chapter 13 Office in Santa Rosa, California.
In 2007, Michael was appointed to run the Chapter 13 Trustee Office in Fresno and handle all Chapter 13 cases filed in Fresno and Bakersfield. Michael also serves as the standing trustee for Chapter 12 cases filed in Fresno and Bakersfield.
Michael regularly serves on panels and gives speeches at seminars on current consumer bankruptcy topics. Most recently, Michael presented at the Eastern District of California Judge's Conference on the ability of debtors to "strip off" wholly unsecured deeds of trust in Chapter 13 when they are ineligible to receive a discharge.
In addition to his extensive work in the field of consumer bankruptcy, Michael also has significant experience as a receiver and trustee. Most notably, Mr. Meyer was appointed as the trustee for the Skunk Train Railroad in Fort Bragg, California, and successfully ran and operated the business for over two years before finding a suitable buyer.
Professional Groups and Membership
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (1992-Present)
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member (1992-Present)