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I bring creativity, determination and experience to help clients achieve their goals, whether those goals are discharging debt, reorganizing a business, preserving real estate holdings or collecting obligations.

Specialties: Bankruptcy Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Business Bankruptcy Specialist, American Board of Certification

Vice-Chair, Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California


Languages spoken: Mandarin, Spanish, Armenian

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 30%
    34 years
  2. Chapter 13: 20%
    34 years
  3. Chapter 11: 20%
    34 years
  4. Bankruptcy: 20%
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-450/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Donny Emil Brand

    Mr. Tilem is my go-to guy when it comes to complex and challenging chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. I highly recommend him!


    Donny Brand Litigation Attorney
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  • John Leo Greifendorff

    One of the best there is. An elite professional who can help any client get the best possible result.


    John Greifendorff Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of David A. Tilem

206 N. Jackson Street, Suite 201
Glendale, CA, 91206-4330


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Founder's AwardCentral District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association2006
Order of Protectors of Consumer DebtorsNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Inc.2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Self employedpartnerships I formed1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysState Chair - Central District of California2003 - Present
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission - California Board of Legal SpecializationChair2007 - 2007
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationPresident2005 - 2005
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationMember Board of Directors2004 - 2008
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission - California Board of Legal SpecializationMember2004 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy PracticeChapter 16: Family Law and Bankruptcy2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Brown UniversityPolitical ScienceBA1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly MeetingThe Mortgage Meltdown2009