Binder & Malter bankruptcy firm named Small Business of the Year

Santa Clara law firm supports SB 308 to assist financially distressed families; has over 28 years of service to business, consumer clients

May 24, 2016

Sacramento – Binder & Malter LLP, a Santa Clara law firm, specializing in bankruptcy and debtors’ and creditors’ rights will be honored tomorrow in Sacramento as the California Senate District 10 Small Business of the Year, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) announced today.

“For almost 30 years Binder & Malter LLP has provided a roadmap to financial solvency for its vast array of business and consumer clients, in need of asset protection, tax dispute resolutions, and bankruptcy-related matters,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.  “Both Michael Malter and Heinz Binder are highly-respected lawyers, recognized by their colleagues, and they have generously shared their wisdom and practical experience with law students and several professional organizations over the years.  Their passion for assisting people in financial distress makes me especially proud to have their support on SB 308, my bill to modernize our state’s bankruptcy homestead exemptions to reflect the true cost of housing and better protect California homeowners.”

The firm maintains an active creditor and commercial litigation practice, and also represents clients in business and real estate matters, including reviewing and negotiating all types of contracts and business agreements.

“It’s an honor for our firm to be recognized with this award,” Malter said. “It’s especially gratifying coming from an experienced bankruptcy attorney in the Legislature who understands the important role we play in helping businesses and individuals resolve disputes, protect their assets and move forward out of financial distress.  We’ve put our clients first for over 28 years and it’s nice to be acknowledged for the community service we have performed in the region.”

Binder has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights since 2004.  He has been a guest lecturer at Santa Clara University School of Law and has practiced law over 35 years.

Malter is one of only a few attorneys in Santa Clara County certified by the State Bar of California as a certified specialist in bankruptcy law.  Malter has been an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University Law School and was the first recipient of the Santa Clara Bar Association’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year.  He is also a past chairperson of the Santa Clara Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Executive Committee.  Malter brought his expertise to the Capitol in testifying in support of SB 308 before an Assembly committee hearing.

California Small Business Day is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of small business to the state of California.  The day-long event is an opportunity for small business leaders to connect with other small business owners from across California.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.