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Donald Walter Sieveke

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   2 reviews

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About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    Consumer and Small Bankruptcy. Certified Specialist

    45 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Litigation
    Civil litigation, state and federal

    45 years, 500 cases

Certified specialist in Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy, since 1996. Former president of the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum. 2014 recipient of the Peter M. Elliott Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.  Graduate of the University of California, Irvine (1974) and the University of San Diego School of Law (1977). Sworn in by the California State Bar in 1977. Licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Numerous speaking credits, a published author on bankruptcy law, and the chairman for educational programs for bankruptcy attorneys, the popular "Brown Bag" series. "AV" rated, the highest rating available from Martindale - Hubbell, the country's most prestigious attorney rating firm. Court appointed Bankruptcy Mediator since 1996. 


Representing debtors, creditors and trustees in bankruptcy.


Don and his wife Sharon enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, and drum & bugle corps. Don plays a G Baritone bugle with the Sacramento Freelancers.


Licensed for 45 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Donald Walter Sieveke
1113 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA, 92701-3748


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Posted by bob | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Advised and performed my BK having to deal with my ex-wife whom meddled for the duration. He performed admirably under these difficult circumstances.
Posted by Mariam Yeginyan | June 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Bankruptcy Attorney
I'm really happy of my decision to hire Don as the bankruptcy attorney for my parents. He really takes the time to explain everything in detail and is extremely acknowledge with bankruptcy law. My parents case was a really tough Chapter 13 with a lot of creditors fighting against them, but Don was there with us the whole way through fighting for what was fair. Further, Don is a very generous attorney. He really cares for his clients and it shows.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Donald W. Sieveke
  • 1982 - Present
  • Associate
  • Belding, Chelius & Dimitruk
  • 1979 - 1982
  • Associate
  • Dougherty & Elekes
  • 1977 - 1979


  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Univ of California Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974


  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • Past President and current member of Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Insolvency Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Peter M. Elliott Award
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • 2014
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000


  • California Bankruptcy Journal
  • "Representing Chapter 7 Debtors in a Bull Market"
  • 2005
  • Orange County Bar Journal
  • "Divorce as Asset Protection"
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Brown Bag luncheon program
  • Mortgage Reaffirmation
  • 2017
  • Brown Bag Luncheon Program
  • "Conversion Issues: When Reorganizations Become Liquidations"
  • 2015
  • Luncheon
  • "Where's My Homestead?"
  • 2014
  • Brown Bag Luncheon Program
  • "The Unscheduled Lawsuit"
  • 2014
  • Evening Program
  • "Bellingham"
  • 2013
  • Luncheon program
  • "Divorce as an Asset Protection Device"
  • 2002
  • Brown Bag Luncheon program
  • "Jurisdictional Limits for Chapter 13 Cases"
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Don and I opposed each other in a hotly-contested business case and, based upon that experience, I can easily say he is a knowledgeable, sharp and aggressive litigator. I have recommended him to individuals I was unable to represent, and will continue to do so."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sieveke is my bankruptcy referral attorney. I have received nothing but good reports from clients I have referred. I can recommend him without any reservations."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Don for years, he is an experienced, qualified bankruptcy attorney, a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law and well versed in all areas of Chapter 7, 13, 11, Trustee Work and Adversaries. He understands the Consumer Side of the issues and the Trustee's side of the issues in Bankruptcy. He has always acted in an ethical and respectful manner in the cases we have worked on opposing sides together."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and experienced and has a great command of bankruptcy law and procedure."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a respected "elder statesman" of our community. His opinion is greatly appreciated in our practice area. I am honored to work with him."
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Santa Ana Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Donald Walter Sieveke
Donald Walter Sieveke
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Santa Ana, CA
Licensed for 45 years