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The Law Offices of David A. Tilem has successfully served clients from all walks of life in the Glendale community and throughout Greater Los Angeles for more than 30 years. As founder of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, Mr. Tilem and his dedicated staff have the legal knowledge and leadership skills that can see you through these trying times.

David Tilem, the founder of the Law Offices of David A. Tilem, is the bankruptcy ‘pro’ with 30 years of expertise in the area of bankruptcy law representing anyone and everyone who has any interaction with bankruptcy laws. He has practiced since 1983 either as the owner or partner of the firm. Prior to founding the Law Offices of David A. Tilem, he served as a partner at Tilem & White LLP formed in 1992.

Mr. Tilem serves as general or special counsel for business and individual debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditor committees and bankruptcy trustees. He represents clients in appeals through the Ninth Court of Appeals and also provides expert witness and consulting services. He served as an active member of the pro bono Mediation Panel sponsored by the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California for over ten years. Mr. Tilem has built a reputation as an expert witness appearing in family law proceedings to discuss the impact of bankruptcy law.

Mr. Tilem’s expertise in bankruptcy law is multifaceted: In 1995, he was certified by the American Board of Certification as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist. Two years later he received certification as a Bankruptcy Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. From 2003 – 2007, Mr. Tilem served as a board member and chair of the State Bar Advisory Commission which writes, sponsors and grades the examination for California attorneys who wish to be certified as bankruptcy specialists. Named by Los Angeles Magazine to the “Super Lawyer List for Southern California” for each year the list has existed, Mr. Tilem also enjoys a top AV rating with Martindale – Hubbell, a national rating systems for lawyers throughout the U.S.

Mr. Tilem is the author of several, well respected legal articles and text book chapters on bankruptcy law. He is a member and occasional speaker for numerous law professional associations and organizations including: the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (serving for more than 10 years as local chair for the Central District of CA), the Los Angeles County Bar Association (as a member of the Board of Trustees), the Los Angeles County Bar Association Section on Commercial Law and Bankruptcy (where he is presently the Vice-Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee and a member of the Executive Committee), the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, the Financial Lawyers Conference and the Los Angeles Bankruptcy Inn of Court (as a member of its Board of Directors).

In 2004 Mr. Tilem conceived and founded the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association. The group is now the 2nd largest bar association of its type in the U.S.A. He has served as its President and continues to serve on its Board as a Member Emeritus.

Mr. Tilem is a graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he earned his Juris Doctorate, and Brown University, where he received a Bachelors degree in Political Science. He is admitted to practice law in California and Massachusetts (inactive status).

In David’s spare time he enjoys travel, foreign languages, music, politics and current events, and spending time with family and friends.

Contact

Law Offices of David A. Tilem

206 N. Jackson Street, Suite 201
Glendale, CA 91206
Glendale Law Office Map

Toll Free: 818-319-4653

Fax: 818-507-6800

Email: davidtilem@tilemlaw.com

Website: www.tilemlaw.com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy Law

Litigation Percentage

25% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1983

California, 1981

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1982

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1982

U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1982

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983

U.S. Tax Court, 1982

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
J.D. – 1981

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
B.A. – 1978

Representative Cases

In re Pacific Forest Industries, Inc., 95 B.R. 740 (Bkrtcy.C.D.Cal. 1989)

In re Barsky, 85 B.R. 550 (C.D.Cal. 1988)

Professional Associations and Memberships

California Bankruptcy Forum, 1985 – Present

Commercial Law League, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section, 1985 – Present

Los Angeles County Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, 1985 – Present

Past Employment Positions

Tilem, Buxbaum & Askenaizer, Partner, 1989 – 1991

Languages

Spanish