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Orange County  attorney Stephen N. Doan received a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of San Diego and a minor in computer science.

He then went on to California Western School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in the top 10% of his class.

He has successfully represented thousands of clients in bankruptcy proceedings in the central and southern district Bankruptcy Courts of California.

Stephen is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of California and the Federal District of California, in the southern, central, and eastern divisions. He has successfully litigated hundreds of claims against major credit card companies that willfully violate the bankruptcy code as well as other state and federal laws designed to protect consumers.

He is also an active real estate broker in the state of California and a member of the Orange County Association of Realtors. He has successfully negotiated short sales on behalf of clients in an effort to mitigate loss.

His past and present professional affiliations include:

  • American Bar Institute

  • Orange County Bar Association

  • Riverside County Bar Association

  • National Assocation of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)

  • Association of Trial Lawyers in America

  • National Bankruptcy Institute

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Orange County Association of Realtors

  • Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Bootcamp

Above all of his academic and professional successes he is first a devoted husband and father to his wife and four children.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
    14 years
  2. Debt Settlement: 10%
    14 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    14 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

S N Doan, APC

32158 Camino Capistrano, 110
San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaThe Legal Network2016
Five Star ProfessionalOrange Coast Magazine2015
Top 100 FirmsDECAF2014
Top 100 LawyersOC Time2014
Award of ExcellenceQRS2014
A RatngBBB2014
Affiliate of the YearDiamond Realty2014
Top Lawyers in So CalALM2014
Graduate/SurvivorMax Gardner Boot Camp2014
Top 100 FirmsDECAF2013
Top 100 LawyersOC Time2013
Award of ExcellenceQuantus2013
A RatingBBB2013
Affiliate of the YearDiamond Realty2013
Top Lawyers in CAALM2013
Certificate of CompletionCDPE2012
A RatingBBB2012
A RatingBBB2011
Top 100 LawyersOC Time2011
Award for Exceptional ServiceQuantus2011
Affiliate of the YearDiamond Realty2011
Top 100 LawyersOC Time2010
Top 100 Bankruptcy FirmsDECAF2010
Award of CompletionMax Gardner Bankruptcy Boot Camp2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead AttorneyDoan Legal Center2002 - Present
Senior PartnerDoan Law Firm, LLP2002 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
CA BREMLO Endorsement2015 - Present
HAUSCertified HAFA Specialist2012 - Present
CDPECertified Distressed Property Expert2012 - Present
Fresno Association of RealtorsBroker/Realtor2012 - Present
BPORBPO Provider2012 - Present
Max Gardners Bankruptcy Boot CampGraduate2007 - Present
National Association of RealtorsBroker/Realtor2006 - Present
Orange County Association of RealtorsBroker/Realtor2006 - Present
National Bankruptcy InstituteMember2006 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2006 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2004 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2002 - Present
California Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Opinon re Tax Refunds in Chapter 13 PlansTax refunds received post-petition but accrued prepetition are property, not income, and are not subject to turnover to the Chapter 13 Trustee
Settlor Appearance on Behalf of DeceasedGranted
Motion to Deny $38K SSA ClaimClaim withdrawn (large client savings)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of San DiegoBusiness Administration\Computer ScienceOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CB ConferenceReal Estate Negotiations2014
CB ConferenceReal Estate Negotiations2013
CB ConferenceReal Estate Negotiations2012
Bankruptcy 7 & 13: Completing Petition, Plan and Lien StrippingBankruptcy (Chp. 7 & 13)2011
Bankruptcy 7 & 13: Completing PetitionBankruptcy (Ch 7 & 13)2011