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Michael William Malter

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Santa Clara, CA

4.6   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
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It is highly stressful to either owe money or be owed money.  Whether you are a debtor or a creditor, I never lose sight of the stress you are under and bring compassion along with a high level of knowledge and skill.



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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2013
Michael Malter - Best Bankruptcy Lawyer I could ask for
Going through Bankruptcy is an embarrassing, stressful and scary experience. I was lucky enough to have Michael Malter to help me through this tough time. He was caring, kind and compassionate and never made me feel badly for ending up in this position. I would recommend him to anyone looking for help in this area and all of the people I have sent to him have also had similarly positive experiences.
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Posted by Patrick | February 20, 2014
Highly Recommended Firm: Responsive, Knowledgeable, Trustworthy
Very responsive and knowledgeable firm. They handled a complex bankruptcy case for me and the company I worked at for the last six months (If I was a more responsive client, it would have taken less than half that time). Their entire team is very knowledgeable and capable of answering any questions you may have. Nan Corber and Michael Malter handled my consultation and gathering the necessary information for the case. Kristina Parson went with me to court to answer any questions the trustee had. They all kept me informed of anything and everything I would need to know before starting the case (during a free consultation) and as the case proceeded. I received updates through email, phone, and by mail of anything that was received or sent out regarding the case. The fee was clearly laid out during the free consultation, and I did not receive any additional fees whatsoever. They are a very trustworthy firm and more than capable of handling any bankruptcy case. As another reviewer stated, if your case is relatively simply, you may be better off doing it by yourself. However, if you are worried about your case or it's rather complicated, I highly recommend giving Binder & Malter a call. They executed everything they said they would while keeping me up to date and alleviating any concerns I had. I have dealt with around 5-6 attorneys in the past, and they are without a doubt the most professional and considerate. On a final note, their office is the nicest I've ever been to. I don't know when they found the time to become architecture and interior design experts, but their office is beautiful. It's tastefully done and every aspect is considered carefully. They clearly didn't go out and buy the most expensive, imposing items they could find as some attorney offices do. The space is very welcoming and designed well. If you want the same consideration applied to your bankruptcy case, I recommend visiting Binder & Malter.
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Posted by Garrett | September 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Integrity. Empathy. Consultative
There are many characteristics one should look for when interviewing attorney, the top of them being integrity, Mr. Malter has that in spades! Adding to his honesty, Mr. Malter’s consultative approach is admirable. He also listens well to his client’s entire situation and explains strategies, tactics, and potential outcomes in a manner easily absorbed by clients. A third trait is empathy, Mr. Malter really cared about finding a solution that is in my best financial and legal interest. Being one of a very few attorneys who are Certified Specialists of Bankruptcy Law in Santa Clara County, and a former professor of bankruptcy law, Mr. Malter is the best resource for your financial/legal needs.
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Posted by Bill | June 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
After being welcomed warmly by the front desk, I had my initial consultation with Michael Malter to review my case. I walked into this office with a heavy burden and shame that I have never felt before. My thoughts were, "what a failure!" Michael greeted me with a genuine hello and asked me "How are you?". He listened to me and responded with compassion and knowledge that dissipated the shame and burden I felt minutes prior to our conversation. When I left the consultation I was filled with hope and direction that I didn't have in a long time. Upon agreeing for services, I met with Nan Corber and Rebecca Gragg to walk through the process as Michael laid out earlier. The communication was clear and concise, while offering time for any/all questions I had. Other than the time it took to gather and fill out the necessary paperwork, the process was quick and there was never a step that I wasn't prepared for. Needless to say, this has been one of the most humbling experiences in my life. By having Michael and his firm by my side to facilitate the process it not only gave me relief in the financial sense, but also relief in the emotional and mental aspect of bankruptcy. If anyone has to walk through this process, Michael and his team is who you need by your side! Thank you!
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Posted by J. Garcia | December 7, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consulted twice and he gave us his honest opinion. He enlightened us in our case. He listened with compassion. He made you feel comfortable.
Posted by Barbara | June 27, 2013
Recommend Highly!!!
We met with Michael Malter this morning. We had a lapse of auto insurance for 9 days that time Murphy's Law reared it's ugly head and my husband was in a collision...he rear ended someone and now they're claiming bodily injury. Two days later, it happened again. He's not a bad driver, it was just a really bad week. We've been so depressed thinking we were going to lose everything we've worked so hard for, our home, pension....everything. Michael was so supportive, warm and understanding. We were worried about our assets...really not much but it is all we have. Michael assured us that we would NOT lose our home, NOT lose our pensions.... I felt like crying with relief. Michael is honest, we don't need to hire him at this moment, but he's there for us when (and if) we need him. He took away our fears.... and we can function again. His said something that hit home with me as we were leaving.... because I say it too.... "this too shall pass" Thank you Michael!!!
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Posted by Candace | March 17, 2013
Binder & Malter Esq.
I normally don't give full rating for anyone, but I feel that this office has helped me so tremendously that it warranted such. I have been involved in a bancruptcy case (I am the creditor) that Malter & Binder have been handling for me. Not only did they get me an excellent settlement but have been awesome and more than reputable in every aspect. I am truly grateful for all their expertise and advise and continuing monitering of my case, which is still ongoing. I was referred to Binder & Malter from another attorney and honestly would have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars if not for Michael Malter and his team. If you are looking for an expert in the field of litigation/finance, look no more. I cannot say enough about the professionalism, and overall knowledge that Mr. Malter holds. Respecfully, CH
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Posted by Elena | March 22, 2011
Great lawyer
I can say only good words about Mr. Malter, His professional lever delivers knowledge you need for your case, his support helps to get through difficult times, his friendly and nice attitude makes you to want to come back to do business with. I would recommend him to anyone!
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Severely Overcharges - Would Not Recommend
His orignial quote was extremely less than what he ended up billing us. We were overcharged significantly with no warning. I would not recommend using him.
Response from Michael Malter April 13, 2022
It is difficult to reply to an anonymous comment but I'll try. As you can see from other reviews, I've been complimented for my ethics and integrity the entire 42 years I've been a lawyer and have enjoyed an AV rating my entire career because of it. I have always urged all clients to bring any and all billing concerns to my attention and have always reached amicable resolutions. I certainly do not overcharge and I do advise my clients if their case is getting more expensive than initially anticipated. Sometimes I am not advised of all pertinent facts and issues when I've given my original quote. Sometimes my client will be involved with litigation which becomes more intensive and time consuming than anticipated. But as you know, you were provided with extremely detailed monthly billings so you were in a position to know where you stood on retainer every month if you were reviewing your bills regularly. Nonetheless, I'm here and still willing to discuss any billing concerns you may have if you want to come forward and speak with me. I wish you all the best.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Binder & Malter, LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Michael W. Malter
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Malter & Ward
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Arnold L. Cornez
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Santa Clara University School Of Law
  • 1985 - 2000
  • Professor
  • Santa Clara Law School Paralegal Institute
  • 1983 - 1985
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  • University of Santa Clara School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pacific Steel Casting Company, Inc
  • Plan of Reorganization Confirmed


  • Congressman Don Edwards
  • Co-Founder
  • 2002 - Present
  • Congressman Don Edwards American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Congressman Don Edwards American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Congressman Don Edwards
  • President
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Bench Bar Liason Committee
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Judicial Appointment Panel
  • Member
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Debtor/Creditor Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Debtor/Creditor Executive Committee
  • Member
  • 1981 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1987
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 1987
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  • Mobile Home Weekly
  • Malter's Column
  • 1984

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Section
  • Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2014
  • Family Law Section
  • Bankruptcy and Family Law
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Bankruptcy 101
  • 1990

Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and well respected in his field. I have referred clients to him over the years, as I respect his expertise. He is a nice guy, too."
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Santa Clara Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Michael William Malter
Michael William Malter
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Santa Clara, CA
Licensed for 43 years
Free Consultation