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I have spent my entire professional career (27 years) practicing bankruptcy law.  Almost all of my clients are referred to me by former clients, attorneys, accountants and financial planners.  In 1994, I was the first Fresno bankruptcy attorney certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.  I take on bankruptcy cases that are complex and outside of the scope or expertise of the normal high-volume consumer bankruptcy attorneys.  My firm has a regional presence in California's San Joaquin Valley with offices in Bakersfield and Fresno.  Our bankruptcy department consists of four partners and three associates all dedicated to the practice of bankruptcy law.


Languages spoken: Armenian

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 60%
    28 years
  2. Bankruptcy: 20%
    28 years
  3. Chapter 7: 20%
    28 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Charles Fredrick Meine III

    Hagop is one of the most knowledgeable bankruptcy attorneys I have ever known. He is an outstanding member of the bar and our community. I endorse this lawyer.


    Charles Meine Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Gerald Marcel Tomassian

    Hagop and I have had mutual clients for over twenty-five years. He is one of the most knowledgeable bankruptcy attorneys in our community. He works directly with creditor and debtor clients to find solutions to their issues. He understands businesses and what they need to extricate themselves from financial difficulties and helps them get there. His solutions are always the most practical for the client and avoids needless and expensive conflict where possible. Without exception, Hagop has effectively represented our clients in complex and routine bankruptcy matters.


    Gerald Tomassian Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP

5260 North Palm Avenue Suite 201
Fresno, CA, 93704


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California Super LayweSuperLawyers2015
Northern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Certified Specialist, Bankruptcy LawCalifornia State Board of Legal of Specialization1995
Traynor Honor SocietyUniversity of Pacific's McGeorge School of Law1987
American Jurisprudence Award in Personal Property FinanceBancroft-Whitney Publishing Company1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKlein DeNatale Goldner Cooper Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP2008 - Present
PartnerCaswell, Bell & Hillison2000 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Fresno County Bar AssociationDirector2015 - Present
Fresno County Bar Association, Agricultural Law SectionMember2000 - Present
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaBankruptcy Dispute Resolution Advocate1998 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1991 - Present
State Bar of California, Board of Legal SpecializationChair/Advisor2011 - 2012
California Bankruptcy ForumDirector2010 - 2014
California State Bar, Bankruptcy Law Advisory CommissionChairperson2005 - 2006
Central California Bankruptcy AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaMember, Clerk's Advisory Committee1995 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. v. Edmonston, 99 B.R. 995 (E.D. Cal 1989)Affirmed Bankruptcy Court decision in favor of Debtor
In re Capital Corp. of the West (Case No. 09-14298, U. S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California, Fresno)Confirmation of Reorganization Plan.
In re Allegiant Air, Inc (Case No. 00-19674, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of California, Fresno)Confirmation of Reorganization Plan.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor With Distinction1987
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Consumer Bankruptcy ProgramTitle 18 - Criminal Investigation: The Process & How to Respond2014
26th Annual Central California Bankruptcy InstituteTaxing Tax Issues2012
84th Annual MeetingBecoming a Board Certified Legal Specialist2011
25th Annual Central California Bankruptcy InstituteNinth Circuit Update2011