James Gold

James Gold

Jim Gold received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering in 1968 from Northrop Institute of Technology. He was employed in that field for ten years prior to and while attending law school. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1977. He is certified as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

He was a co-founder of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) in 1992 and has served as a panelist at several of NACBA’s educational seminars over the years. Jim testified before the National Bankruptcy Review Commission in 1996, in San Antonio, Texas.

Jim has served as Chair of the local Chapter 13 Committee. He received the 1997 Fresh Start Award from the San Jose Division Bankruptcy Community and the NACBA Distinguished Service Award in 2002.

Jim has developed several bankruptcy and tax-related computer programs, some of which he has contributed freely to other attorneys in the local bankruptcy community and others he made available commercially.

Bar Admissions for Jim include:

·         California State Bar
·         Northern District of California – Federal Court
·         Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (TX, MS, LA)
·         Seventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (WI, IL, IN)
·         Ninth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals (WA, OR, CA, AK, HI, NV, AZ, ID, MT)
·         U.S. Supreme Court

Regional Application

This information is only applicable to people who live in Santa Clara County, California, USA. In the USA, the bankruptcy law is a federal law that applies in all states. The property that can be protected (“exempted”) by people who file bankruptcy is prescribed by state law, however. Bankruptcy, property, and exemption law is further affected by court decisions that apply in certain geographic areas. If you live in the USA, but are outside of Santa Clara County, please consult an attorney in your own area.

General Information

The information contained in this web site is general in nature. Bankruptcy law is extremely complex and it is easy to misunderstand how a general description might or might not apply to you personally. In order to find out how this information applies to you personally, you will need to discuss it in detail with one of our attorneys.

Debt Relief Agency

Federal law states that attorneys who represent people in bankruptcy cases are “debt relief agencies.” Gold and Hammes represents people (and small businesses) in bankruptcy – in fact, that is the only type of law we practice. Therefore, Gold and Hammes is a debt relief agency.