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Bernard Martin Hansen

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 39 years
    Colorado - CO 32 years
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Bernard

Learn Bernard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    50%
    Bernard M. Hansen is an expert in bankruptcy law. Over the last 36 years, he has spent more than 20,000 hours representing debtors and creditors before the bankruptcy court.

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%

  3. Debt settlement
    20%
    Through negotiation with the client needing to pay only limited fees, Mr. Hansen has been able to reduce the amount of legal liability in several instances.

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    5%

Bernard M. Hansen is an expert in bankruptcy law. Over the last 36 years, he has spent more than 20,000 hours representing debtors and creditors before the bankruptcy court.

Mr. Hansen also practices in state court where his field of expertise is the litigation and resolution of contract disputes and related claims.

For the last 11 years, Mr. Hansen has earned the highest possible rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbel was founded in 1868 and is the most prestigious attorney rating service. Yearly, Mr. Hansen has been selected as one of San Diego’s top lawyers by San Diego Magazine.

Mr. Hansen graduated: Patrick Henry -1976 (valedictorian), Biola University – 1980 (magna cum laude) and USD School of Law – 1984 (cum laude).

Location

Bernard Martin Hansen
3465 Camino Del Rio S
Ste 250
San Diego, CA, 92108

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Reviews

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Posted by Don | February 28, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Good Legal Representation
I had POA for my father and mother's bankruptcy case. Their case was complicated for several reasons, with one being that my mother passed away while it was in progress. Bernard handled our case well.
Posted by Sheryl | February 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best I've seen by a wide margin
Bernard assisted me with a complex bankruptcy issue. He was thoughtful, succinct, fair, stayed on point, kept me in check (not an easy task,) and consistently provided exceptional guidance. His concise communication was reflected in his billing, which he completely failed to pad. Refreshing. I highly recommend this expert.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal representation
Another attorney recommended Bernard Hansen to me to get advise regarding an on-going creditor/debtor issue. Attorney Hansen was able to listen carefully to my complicated situation and give me advice and alternatives in a manner that was easy for me to understand. He did significant legal research on my issue. Attorney Hansen was very good about returning my calls or emails in a prompt fashion. Additionally, his fees were quite reasonable. I am very grateful to have had Attorney Hansen as my legal advocate. I rarely write reviews but feel compelled to let others know about this outstanding attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best
Bernard is truly a brilliant attorney. You would be very fortunate to have him on your side if your case has anything to do with bankruptcy or civil litigation. I'm thankful that I was fortunate enough to meet him and have him as my attorney.
Posted by William | January 8, 2014
Bankruptcy Expert
Bernie is a long time colleague. As a commercial litigation lawyer I am often faced with complex bankruptcy issues. Bankruptcy is not my area of expertise and when I need assistance, I have always been able to obtain prompt, expert assistance from Bernie. Anyone that needs bankruptcy advice from a true expert could not do better than Bernie. For years have have been referring creditors to Bernie for assistance and lately he has been accepting debtors cases as well. For a complex bankruptcy issue, Bernie is the first and last person I call.
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2014
A satisfied client
I hired Mr. Hansen to assist in the settlement of a debt instead of bankruptcy. He was very understanding and patient listened to my concerns and explained all my options. Once a course of action was decided upon he kept me informed at all times and discussed the next step in the process so I was always aware of what was happening. Mr. Hansen is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and patient, understanding that most of us don't go through these things often. I will certainly recommend. A very satisfied client
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Posted by Jennifer | January 7, 2014
Bernard Hansen is an excellent attorney.
I have known Bernard professionally for several years. I don't think I've come across another attorney so knowledgable in the bankruptcy field. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by peter | January 4, 2014
TOP CREDITOR AND BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEY
Bernard Hansen has been my attorney for approximately 7 years, after I had contacted a number of attorneys for possible help on some sticky cases I had. These cases were all creditor related or in bankruptcy court where I had to oppose an unjustified bankruptcy. The attorneys I had contacted seemed perplexed by the difficulty of the cases, and one finally said: “Oh, you don’t want me. You want Bernard. He’s one of the toughest opponents I’ve come across in court.” I went with Bernard, and now would go nowhere else. He is thorough and incredibly knowledgeable. He’s a listener. Bernard thinks ahead to every pitfall and hiccup that might arise. He’s a strategist from the start of each case. And Bernard likes to win. If you’re looking for a top attorney, Bernard is the one I most highly recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Manager
  • Law Office of Bernard M. Hansen
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Estes, Hoyt and Hansen, APC
  • 1992 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Estes & Hoyt, APC
  • 1984 - 1992

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Biola University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980
  • Patrick Henry High School-San Diego
  • Valedictorian
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • California Bank & Trust v Kahn
  • Successfully defended client in multi-million dollar action.
  • In re PG&E
  • Claim was paid in full in 2019 prior to any plan.

Associations

  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • 1984
  • Nathan Burkan Memorial Prize
  • ASCAP
  • 1983
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Hazardous Waste in Bankrutpcy
  • 1993

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San Diego Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Bernard Martin Hansen
Bernard Martin Hansen
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 39 years