Skip to main content
Thomas Scott Belden

Thomas Scott Belden

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Commercial, Business

How would you rate this lawyer?

If you’re a current or former client, share your thoughts (anonymously, if you prefer). Would you recommend this lawyer to other clients?

Review Thomas Belden

About Me

I graduated cum laude from University of Alabama and obtained my masters in accounting and finance at Regis University. I attended McGeorge School of Law and graduated with distinction. I practice in the areas of bankruptcy, including bankruptcy reorganizations, bankruptcy trustee representation, chapter 7, chapter 11, debtor and creditor rights, and workouts, as well as business and commercial litigation.


I strive to be cost-effective and proactive in every engagement.  I recognize that clients rarely welcome litigation costs and work to keep them as predictable as possible.  In short, I want the client to see the value of the work performed in every bill received.  


Photos and Videos

325559 1329420621

325559 1369170996

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 40%
    19 years, 465 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    19 years, 65 cases
  3. Commercial: 30%
    19 years, 50 cases



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Timothy Gordon Scanlon

    I endorse this lawyer. Scott demonstrates consistent attention to detail and a relentless desire to reach his client's objectives through hard work and thoughtful analysis.


    Timothy Scanlon Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joshua David Meier

    Scott is an excellent attorney. He has a great knowledge of the law and also has a very practical and common-sense approach to handling matters - the ideal combination! Scott also has a very warm and fun personality. I highly recommend Scott to anyone who has a litigation or bankruptcy matter.


    Joshua Meier Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Belden Blaine, LLP

5100 California Avenue
Suite 101
Bakersfield, CA, 93309



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyBelden Blaine, LLP2013 - Present
Judge Advocate GeneralCalifornia State Military Reserve, CPT2005 - Present
AttorneyKlein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP1996 - Present

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Fresno County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMember2005 - Present
Central California Bankruptcy AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
California Pacific School of Law; Constitutional Law, Civil ProcedureProfessor2000 - 2002
Garces Memorial High School Mock Trial Championship TeamAttorney Coach2000 - 2009
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1998 - Present
Central California Bankruptcy AssociationMember1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaPresident1996 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationPresident1996 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Kern County Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Gail MooreConfirmed Chapter 11 Plan
Seed Services v. Winsor GrainSettled.
Superior Pipelines v. LehmanSettled following heavily contested litigation

See all Legal Cases 

Publication NameTitleDate
CEB Action GuideObtaining and Defending Sanctions in Federal Court1997

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Regis UniversityAccounting & FinanceMaster of Business Administration2005
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of AlabamaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
9th Circuit Chief Bankruptcy Judges and Clerks ConferenceEthical Issues in Chapter 112012
Central California Bankruptcy InstituteEthical Issues with Electronic Devices2011