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Practicing law in Seattle since 1970, my primary focus is in Bankruptcy representing creditors and debtors in Chapters 7, 11 and 13 as well as mediation and litigation.


Over the years, I have litigated matters commercial matters in state, bankruptcy and federal courts as well as arbitrations and mediations under the auspices of the AAA and JAMS.  Recently, I was appointed as a mediator for the Hon. Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program for the Western District of Washington Bankruptcy Courts, and have served as an arbitrator under the Mandatory Aribitration Rules of the King County Superior Courts.


We counsel clients on business matters including incorporations, formation of limited liability companies and partnerships, asset purchases and protection. 


I was the first editor of the Washington State Bar Association's Creditor/Debtor Section Newsletter. Chair of the Mandatory Continuing Education Board, Washington State Bar Association, 2003-2005 and currently a member of the Continuing Litigation Committee of the WSBA. I am a frequent Lecturer for Continuing Legal Education in Washington. Member and Chair, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy Law, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification, 1994-2000.


I hold the AV rating (highest by Martindale Hubbell National Attorney Rating Services) and was named on of Seattle Metropolitans Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2010



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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 60%
    46 years
  2. Business: 20%
    46 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    46 years
  4. Mediation: 10%



Hourly ($350-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Aaron Scott Okrent

    I endorse Craig Sternberg as an excellent bankruptcy attorney in all aspects of creditor and debtor representation. I have practiced law with him for 17 years. He combines his common sense, practical, and analylitical approaches to solving his clients issues efficiently.


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    Relationship: Co-worker

  • David Horace Binney

    I endorse this lawyer. Extensive experience and strong practical approach.


    David Binney Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Sternberg Thomson Okrent & Scher, PLLC

520 Pike Street, Ste. 2250
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top LawyerSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Certificate of Appreciation Service on the MCLE BoardWashington State Bar Association2007
Certificate of Appreciation Service on the MCLE BoardWashington State Bar Association2005
Certificate of Appreciation Service on the MCLE BoardWashington State Bar Association2004
Pro Bono Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2004
Certificate of Appreciation Service on the Fee Arbitration PanelWashington State Bar Association2004
Certificate of Appreciation for Service on CLE CommitteeWashington State Bar Association2000
Graditude for Extraordinary Service (Resolution No. 314)Town of Clyde Hill, Washington1999
Accredited in Commercial BankruptcyAmerican Bankruptcy Board of Certification1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberSternberg Thomson Okrent & Scher, PLLC1995 - Present
General CounselDominion Income Management2000 - 2001
PartnerHatch & Leslie1985 - 1990
PartnerDiamond & Sylvester1970 - 1985
ClerkLycette, Diamond & Sylvester1969 - 1970
ClerkFriedman Lobe & Block, CPAs1967 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program (US Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington)Mediator2015 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, Continuing Legal Education Committee2013 - Present
Herzl Ner Tamid CongregationPresident (1999-2001), Board Member and Member1978 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association Fee Arbitration PanelMember of Fee Arbitration Panel2003 - 2005
Washington State Jewish Historical SocietyPresident (2009-2012) and Member of the Board2002 - 2015
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education BoardChair (2003-2005) and Member (1999-2006)1999 - 2006
Washington State Bar AssociationMember Continuing Legal Education Committee1997 - 2000
Planning Commission, Town of Clyde Hill, WAChair (1989 - 1999) and Member1989 - 1999
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, Continuing Legal Education Committee1987 - 1992
Board of Adjustment, Town of Clyde Hill, WAChair (1983-1985)1983 - 1985
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Jones v Genus Credit ManagementSettled
DeFunis v OdegaardCase went to the U.S. Supreme Court
In re Optimer International, Inc.Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization confirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Business Retention and Expansion - How to use Bankruptcy in Business Retention etc.Washington State Department of Trade2002
Washington State Bar AssociationCreditor Debtor Section Newsletter1972
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJuris Doctor1970
University of WashingtonAccountingBachelor of Business Administration1967
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Heritage University Business ClassBankruptcy2002
CLE SeminarCommercial Real Estate Leasing1991
CLE SeminarProtection of Secured Creditors1989
CLE SeminarHow to Protect Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy1988
CLE SeminarProtection of Secured Creditors In Bankruptcy and Washington1987
CLE SeminarExtraordinary Colletion Procedures and Bankruptcy Practice in Washington1986
Continuing Legal Education (1985-1999)Bankruptcy Topics1985