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Leon D Bayer

also known as Los Angeles Bankruptcy lawyer, Encino Bankruptcy Lawyer

About me

My law firm of BAYER, WISHMAN & LEOTTA has handled 15,000 Los Angeles bankruptcy cases since 1989. I am a Los Angeles Bankruptcy lawyer with 34 years of experience. The Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorneys in my firm are ready to help you. Please feel free to contact me if you think that I can help you.


I have been practicing bankruptcy law continuously since 1979.


The practice of bankruptcy law is extremely satisfying. I know of no other area of law where so much good can be accomplished so rapidly for a client. In most cases we are able to quickly solve problems that have kept our clients sick and sleepless with worry and fear.Bankruptcy law is ancient. The oldest record of a bankruptcy case was left on a clay tablet from ancient Babylon, written about 3000 years ago! Abraham Lincoln, in the years before he became president, handled many bankruptcy cases as a regular part of his law practice. The right to claim bankruptcy relief is imbedded in the U.S. Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8.


I have actually helped about 10,000 to 15,000 people, (so many I have lost count) overcome a personal debt crisis. I have seen the emotional damage that debt problems cause in someone's life. I have seen how often debt problems can affect everything else in your world, sometimes ruining marriages and careers because of the stress. I am passionate about trying to help people overcome these problems.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 25%
    37 years, 12 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13: 25%
    37 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 25%
    37 years, 15 thousand cases
  4. Foreclosure: 20%
    37 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Debt Settlement: 5%
    37 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Megan Elizabeth Craig

    I endorse this lawyer. Leon is my greatest mentor. He makes law and changes people's lives. If you hire Leon, you instantly have a better case.


    Megan Craig Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Talitha Davies Wegner

    I endorse and respect this lawyer. I refer local bankruptcy cases to Leon. He is knowledgeable and effective.


    Talitha Wegner Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Bayer, Wishman & Leotta
1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA, 90017-5468

Bayer, Wishman & Leotta

4326 Atlantic Avenue

Long Beach, CA, 90807-2804

Bayer, Wishman & Leotta

16055 Ventura Blvd
Suite 811
Encino, CA, 91436-2610



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationState Bar of CA Board of Specialization2007
SuperlawyerSouthern California Superlawyer Los Angeles Magazine2006
SuperlawyerSouthern California Superlawyer Los Angeles Magazine2004
certificate of AppreciationState Bar of Calif. Board of Legal Specialization2000
Certificate of AppreciationLos Angeles Free Clinic1989
Certificate of AppreciationCalifornia Marshal's Association1983
Certificate of AppreciationBoard of Governors, State Bar of California1983
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Certified Bankruptcy SpecialistBoard of Legal Specialization, State Bar of CaliforniaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBayer Wishman & Leotta1989 - Present
Volunteer AttorneyLos Angeles Free Clinic1988 - 1988
Adjunct Professor of Law, BankruptcyPeoples College of Law1984 - 1984
PartnerShareholder at Slate and Leoni, A Professional Corporation,1980 - 1989
Law ClerkLos Angeles Municipal Court1977 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Panel of Consumer ArbitratorsArbitratorN/A
Law Advisory Commission, Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law of the State Bar of California.member1996 - 2000
Los angeles Bankruptcy ForumPresident1995 - 1996
California Bankruptcy ForumMember, Board of Directors1995 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
861 F.2d 597 Walker v. California Mortgage Service, et. alWin
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Publication nameTitleDate
Nolo's Bankruptcy, Debt & Foreclosure BlogLos Angeles Bankruptcy2013
NoloForeclosure Survival Guide2013
NoloThe New Bankruptcy2013
Bayer Wishman & LeottaA Human Guide to Bankruptcy2013
Bankruptcyblogger.orgVarious topics of bankruptcy advice2011
California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)Bankruptcy Practice- (Contibutor)2005
Matthew Bender publicationContibuting Editor1992
Daily JournalEssentials of Chapter 131987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Fernando Valley College of LawN/AN/AN/A
California State University, NorthridgeN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law SeminarBankruptcy Wisdom2007
Annual Meetingbankruptcy1985
Annual MeetingRecent Developments1984