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About me

 I am Janet A. Lawson. I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, NACBA and the American Bankruptcy Institute,   I have been practicing law in Ventura County California since 1982.  Focusing on bankruptcy started in 1988.

I am admitted to practice law in the Central District of California, the Eastern District of California, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

I can answer your bankruptcy questions. The initial consultation is free. I have been practicing law in Ventura County, California for over thirty years. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 33%
    27 years
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 33%
    27 years
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 33%
    27 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Nathan Asher Berneman

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Janet on several cases and she has also become somewhat of a mentor to me. She is excellent in the work that she does in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies and I highly recommend her to anyone needing assistance.


    Nathan Berneman Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
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  • Hilary Gail Shankin-Murphy

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Contact info

3639 E Harbor Blvd #209
Ventura, CA, 93001


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyJanet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney1988 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Bankruptcy CommitteeABI2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysNACA2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysNACBA2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re SteinacherThe Bankruptcy Appellate Panel agreed with me that this rule was not consistent with the bankruptcy code
Heritage Pacific FinancialI took my case to trial. We won and I was awarded $40,000.00 in attorney's fees from Heritage Pacific Financial. They could not prove that they could "reasonably rely" on the loan paper work.
Tim Yoo, attorney for the trusteeI am now fighting with the attorney who represents the trustee over how much they should be paid on their "administrative claim"
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ventura College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Bankruptcy InstituteChapter 11 Basics2012