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William Earl Winfield

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Ventura, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found

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About William

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Mr. Winfield practices in the areas of general business law, civil litigation, real property, landlord/tenant, securities, oil and gas, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. He is board certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.

Mr. Winfield has served as a Visiting Deputy District Attorney for the County of Ventura. In addition, he is an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Ventura County Superior Court, where he has also served as a visiting judge.

Mr. Winfield is the author of "Rejection of Non-Residential Leases of Real Property in Bankruptcy: What Happens to the Mortgagees' Security Interest" published in the April 1990 Pepperdine Law Review.

Mr. Winfield has been admitted to the United States District Court, Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. 

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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just in the nick of time!
Mr. Winfield is the professional lawyer to choose when your blind-sided and in need of extreme help, with good advice. I was hit with an exorbitant amount of medical bills which almost destroyed my marriage and my life. Mr. Winfield was able to mend all of the financial wounds facing me. I highly recommend him and his staff. I was able to receive help and he answered all of my questions and made me feel safe and at ease. Thanks to him everything is back on track and my marriage and health is looking up. Thanks Mr. Winfield.
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Posted by Sandy | April 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally bright, talented, experienced and compassionate.
I knew of Mr. Winfield from the praises I heard other non-bankruptcy attorneys repeatedly voicing, so when we needed to file a complicated bankruptcy, my husband and I hired him. He exceeded my expectations. I have consistently recommended him to my friends and their friends. He is simply the best and an honest good man.
Posted by Daniel | April 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer for debt relief and bankruptcy
I hired Bill to help me out with a lawsuit that was filed against me for an old business debt that I, unfortunately, signed a personal guarantee for. Through this difficult process, Bill has helped guide me through the options I have to make this as easy on my family as possible. I have spoken with several other lawyers but unlike those, Bill spent a great deal of time with me and treated me as a client long before I ever signed an agreement. He is full of great advice and knowledge. If you are in the Ventura County area and looking for a solid attorney, definitely give Bill a call.
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Posted by Lydia | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We hired Mr. William Winfield in 2011 as we were in the midst of losing our home, and decided to file bankruptcy. During our consultation Mr. Winfield calmed our nerves and reassured our doubts. We kept our home, as we were represented better than we could have ever imagined. Today 2019 I needed a document , that was no hassle to receive. We Highly recommend Mr. William Winfield!
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Posted by Robbi | March 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Boyer
Mr. Winfield helped me with the paperwork I needed to file. I was dealing with a company in Santa Barbara that has filed bankruptcy. I had no idea how to complete the paperwork they sent me to file, or how best to proceed. He was able to explain what my choices were. I am very grateful for his expertise.
Posted by Shawn | July 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bankruptcy Expert
Mr. Winfield is a very professional and trustworthy bankruptcy lawyer. He helped us address a tenant bankruptcy matter providing us objective advised and offered creative solutions to work through the issue. We'd recommend his services for any of our fellow real estate professionals.
Posted by Tony | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
For The Best Results
I am a local Real Estate Broker and have had the occasion to to need Bill's advice on how to "navigate" the intricacies of the legal system with it's complexities. His expertise and knowledge has been "invaluable" for assisting my "distressed" clients. Bill is courteous, patient and I would "heartily" recommend him to anyone who might need a "true" professional thru trying times.
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Posted by Emma | May 8, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Completely answered all questions
Mr. Winfield answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. I was pleasantly surprised that he got back to me the same day I sent him a message. He is very professional and informative. I'd come to him again if I needed more information.
Posted by Marilyn | April 25, 2015
Truly a Noble professional and scholar
Of all the many attorney/lawyer law business and practices available today, I was privileged and honored to secure Mr. William Winfield for my own personal attorney. It was not by accident, but through a business colleague who informed me of a complimentary seminar presentation Mr. Winfield was offering to the public, which outlined the definitions and misconceptions of Chapters 7, 11, and 13. He didn’t have to offer this seminar; he was already an established successful attorney. Why? Because of his genuine concern and compassion for the community that was experiencing a severe housing crisis. Remember that back in 2007? Mr. Winfield took this crisis to heart and decided to help others better understand what their options were. Since this seminar was without charge, I decided this opportunity would be in my best interest to learn about these chapters from a professional; I too was looking at a possible foreclosure and the seminar was a welcomed aid to an overwhelming situation. Voila! Mr. Winfield single-handedly had successfully launched and delivered the most impressive presentation- both verbal and with clear visual aid- on a very complex yet important subject. His delivery was understandable, concise, and presented the facts and definitions in laypersons terms in a non-condescending manner. He carefully outlined every detail for those in attendance; fellow Americans, neighbors and towns people. With the highest respect, he also incorporated a few individuals to share their personal testimonials and how they were affected by the crisis. Each shared how Mr. Winfield’s knowledge on the subject guided them through their frustrating and worrisome situation. I found that extremely supportive and admirable of those individuals. At the conclusion of his 60-minute presentation, he reviewed the most all-encompassing and informative final facts and expectations. I learned a great deal in a short amount of time and felt a spark of hope - there you have it- one person can make a difference! Since that time, I have remained in contact with Mr. Winfield for advice and legal services, obtaining direction and support. He is always too happy to assist and guide me onto the most effective path. He is always available without hesitation or delays via any means of electronic communications, and yes, he will return to you without delay! My conclusion is that you will be in agreement with me that Mr. Winfield is not only knowledgeable and an expert in his field, but; reliable, trustworthy, fair, dependable, kind, honorable and noble professional lawyer / friend. Thank you Mr. Winfield for your availability, gracious manner, talents, and prompt assistance over the years!
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Posted by Lisa | April 18, 2015
He knows the answers and relieves the burden
I formally used Mr Winfield for a bankruptcy case involving my mother two years ago and he was easy to talk to and informed on all aspects of what needed to be done. His knowledge and assistance was invaluable and everything was completed in a timely and efficient manner. He went out of his way to assist my elderly mother. I returned to him last week for advice on another matter and he was eager to help once again, welcoming me and putting me at ease while answering my questions with kindness and interest. He has a true desire to help and covered all the bases with confidence; he made certain that everything was properly and satisfactorily addressed before I left. I was never rushed and I felt relieved knowing the choices that I had and the steps to be taken. Yet again, I appreciated knowing that Mr Winfield understood my needs and will assist me on another legal journey. I highly recommend William Winfield as an honest and caring man and attorney to help you with life's legal issues that you find yourself in - when he takes the role of helping you, you can know with confidence that you are in good hands and won't feel like you are alone in interrupting the law.
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Posted by Janet | April 16, 2015
Mr. Winfield Saved My Home
Due to the job and mortgage crisis of the last few years, I became one of the thousands of Americans who experienced the loss of a job and looming foreclosure of my home. Mr. Winfield patiently navigated me through this crisis, filing Chapters 7 & 13, which allowed me enough time to get back on my feet and obtain a modification on my mortgage. I can never thank Mr. Winfield enough for saving my home. I have referred several people to him & they have all been extremely satisfied.
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Posted by Ashley | July 4, 2013
Excellent Professional Services
Mr. Winfield is most understanding as he listens and produces results in a very kind, knowledgeable and professional manner.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-395 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nelson Comis Kettle & Kinney LLP
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Schneiders & Associates
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Lowthorp, Richards, McMillin, Miller & Templeman
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Mediator
  • United States Bankrutpcy Court
  • 2000 - 2019
  • Arbitrator
  • Finra Dispute Resolution
  • 1999 - 2013
  • Judge Pro Tempore
  • Ventura County Superior Court
  • 1996 - 2009
  • Senior Partner
  • Nordman Cormany Hair & Compton LLP
  • 1985 - 2013
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States Bankruptcy Court ( D. Utah )
  • 1984 - 2013
  • Intern
  • United States Senate Committee on Bankin
  • 1981 - 1981
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  • University of Southern California
  • Advanced Legal Education in Business Reorganization
  • 1989
  • Univ of Utah COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Brigham Young Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Secured Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Obtained Order for Relief from Stay
  • Defense in Adversary Proceeding
  • Judgement for Defendatn
  • Chapter 13 Debtor
  • Confirmed Plan and stripped liens - preserved real estate
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  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Specialist in Business Bankruptcy
  • American Board of Certification
  • 1997
  • Law Review
  • University of Utah College of Law
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2019
  • Risk Management Association
  • Big 10 Cases of Interest to Bankers
  • 2016
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2016
  • Bankrutpcy Tax Issues
  • Tax Consequences of Liquidation
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (24)
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Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a clear thinker, knows the law and litigation, and gets right to the root of the matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he demonstrated good insight in responding to a question with a different analysis which other lawyers overlooked."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill has commanding knowledge and notable experience in bankruptcy law. I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for a bankruptcy attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I respect Bill Winfield’s knowledge of bankruptcy law and his dedication to his clients. Bill Winfield has excellent insights on Bankruptcy matters. He is a true asset to the community, to his clients, and to our firm. He is very well respected in our legal community. I give him my highest recommendation."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Bill for many years and have worked with him on many matters. He is an ethical and fair attorney who resolves issues for the best interests of his client. I endorse and regularly refer clients to this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is very good and can handle any and all bankruptcy and debt matters -- from small matters for individuals to complex and substantial business matters. I refer my clients to Bill to handle such matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a terrific attorney. He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of Bankruptcy Law."
Business Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill Winfield is a conscientious, trust-worthy attorney who gets results and cares about his clients. HIs client was a co-defendant of my client in a matter that involved a complicated Assignment for Benefit of Creditors. The case ended with a business agreement beneficial to all parties. He later was my supervising attorney in a wide range of civil matters including debt collection, judgment enforcement, and assignments. I endorse him without hesitation."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently reviewed the plan and disclosure statement prepared by Attorney Winfield on a Chapter 11 involving numerous parcels of real estate and found them to be well thought out and cleanly prepared. Based on my first-hand knowledge, I endorse Mr. Winfield due to his demonstrated thorough knowledge of the Chapter 11 process."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As an opposing counsel in a rather complicated series of related chapter 11 cases, one being that of an individual and the other a corporation, Bill Winfield was a worthy adversary. Notwithstanding the positions taken between clients he was always civil and professional. As a follow certified specialist he stands for the distinction between those who are and those who are not. I would endorse Bill as counsel."
Business Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have Bill for approximately 12 years over that time have been impressed with both his legal knowledge and more importantly his intergrity. I highly recommend Mr. Winfield."
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