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For over 20 years the Law Office of James Beirne has been helping families with debt resolution and with estate planning.  Call today for a free consultation.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Tagalog

Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 60%
    23 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    23 years, 100 cases
  3. Chapter 13: 15%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Immigration: 10%
    23 years, 500 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

8 total 

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  • James Charles Shields

    I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. Talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.


    James Shields Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Brian J. Sheppard

    As an attorney, I was recently mediating a bankruptcy case which involved student loans. I called Jim, he met me for breakfast armed with some materials he had printed out for me, and reviewed the materials with me, in depth. He has been similarly helpful on immigration matters. James Beirne is smart, organized and knows his subject. I would recommend him to anyone needing assistance in his areas of practice.


    Brian Sheppard Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of James G. Beirne

16633 Ventura Blvd
Suite 1200
Encino, CA, 91436



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 1998


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Contribution to Pro Bono Debtor Assistance ProgramUnited States Bankruptcy Court, Chief Judge Hon. Peter Carroll2014
Debtor AssistancePublic Counsel2008
Public Counsel pro bonoUnited States Bankruptcy Court Central District of California2007
Certificate of Appreciation/Debtor AssistanceUnited States Bankruptcy Court2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of James Beirne1993 - Present
Compliance OfficerCity of Los Angeles1987 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionAttorney Member2009 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysAttorney Member2005 - Present
Central Distirct of California Consumer Bankrtupcy AttorneysAttorney Member2004 - Present
Irish American Bar Association of Los AngelesAttorney Member2003 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionAttorney Member2000 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1999 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re MathewsComplete discharge of student loan debt.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Pinas WeeklyHow Bankruptcy Can Help Your Credit Score2015
Pinas NewsWhat Can Bankruptcy Do for You?2014
BalitaDischarge of Federal Taxes in Bankrtupcy2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of OregonPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Introduction to Consumer BankruptcyBankruptcy Basics for New Attorneys2015
Business BuildersChapter 7 v. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy2014
Network InternationalEstate Planning2013