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Our experience is unmatched anywhere. Since 1988, my firm has filed more than 12,000 bankruptcy cases. During the 8 years that I served as a bankruptcy Trustee, I reviewed over 15,000 cases. This gives me insight and experience like no other bankruptcy attorney in the Los Angeles area.  You can take a chance with others, or you can get the job done right with us.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 100%
    33 years



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  • Steven Mark Freeman

    David Hagen knows the law and keeps updated on all changes. He has the unique ability of applying the facts of a case to the law in a logical, common sense manner. I highly endorse this lawyer.


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  • Stanley Hal Freeman

    I have had the privilege of referring cases to David Hagen for the past 20 years. He is, without hesitation, the finest bankruptcy attorney I know. All of my clients have given me extremely positive feedback regarding the results he obtains on their behalf, his integrity, and how smoothly his office runs.


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Contact info

Merritt, Hagen & Sharf, LLP

5950 Canoga Avenue
Suite 400
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 25 Valley AttorneySan Fernando Business Journal2003
President's Award or ServiceSan Fernando Valley Bar Association1998
"AV" ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMerritt & Hagen1988 - 2013
AssociateKahn, Stearn, Blaney and Kittrell1986 - 1987
AssociateGould, Merritt & Burke1983 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles Bankruptcy ForumMember, Director2000 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar Association(President 1996-1997)1988 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociataionMember, Trustee1985 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Goswami, 304 B.R. 386 (9th Cir. BAP 2003).Cited by the appellate court as authority.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Self Published CD5 Sneaky Secrets the Credit Card Companies Don’t Want you to Know1998
Self PublishedThe Basics of Bankruptcy for Accountants and Attorneys1992
Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Individual and Small Business Bankruptcy Practice, Chapter 4N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
California Lutheran UniversityPolitical Science, cum laudeBachelors of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pasadena Bar AssociationBankruptcy For Attorneys and Accountants2012
Bridging the GapBankruptcy Basics1995
MBA ProgramBusiness Law1992
Individual and Consumer Bankruptcy Sub-committeeDischarging Student Loans1992