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Are you afraid to answer the phone? Do you wonder if you'll ever have peace of mind again?


My clients and I are partners throughout the journey. I like seeing the relief in the eyes and manner of my clients after they've taken the steps they need to take toward a financial Fresh Start. It's a privilege to be an important part of that process.

I'm a solo practitioner by choice and all my clients deal directly with me, not non-attorney assistants. I think this is the way it should be done so it's the way I do it.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 80%
  2. Foreclosure: 20%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

24 total 

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  • Lois Ilaine Vignes Upton

    I endorse Malcolm Ruthven. He is excellent at bankruptcy law, and really cares about his clients. He is ethical. He is creative. If you have a problem, he will work very hard to solve it.


    Lois Upton Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kelly L Lynch

    Malcolm is a talented, thoughtful and caring attorney who does everything he can to help his clients follow the best course of action for getting out of debt.


    Kelly Lynch Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

4040 Civic Center Drive - Suite 200
San Rafael, CA, 94903

755 Baywood Drive
2nd Floor
Petaluma, CA, 94954-5508

3558 Round Barn Blvd - Suite 200
Santa Rosa, CA, 95403

1900 Powell Street - Suite 600
Emeryville, CA, 94608

Spear Tower
One Market Street – 36th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wiley M. Manuel award for pro bono legal servicesState Bar of California2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
Marin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Aid of MarinAdvisory BoardN/A
Marin Lawyer Referral ServiceGoverning CommitteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Trustee grab for client's $50,000 disability paymentAfter lengthy court filings and negotiations, my client lost no money to the trustee/creditors.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
University of MissouriMathematicsBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bankruptcy Clinics - Legal Aid of Marin CountyBankruptcy ClinicsN/A