Reno F.R. Fernandez III

Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law
By the California Board of Legal Specialization


221 Sansome Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA  94104
(415) 362-0449
914 Thirteenth Street
Modesto, CA  95354
(209) 521-8100

Reno Fernandez is a partner with Macdonald Fernandez LLP focusing on commercial litigation, business matters, restructuring, bankruptcy, debt workouts, corporate and partnership dissolution, creditor recovery, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, estate planning and probate throughout California.  Reno Fernandez’s past clients range from enterprises with assets or amounts in controversy exceeding $200 million to small businesses, including technology companies, biotechnology companies, startups, hotels, Bitcoin-based companies, mortgage funds and hedge funds, national and regional banks, retail chains, medical clinics, residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE), equipment lessors, farms, wineries, livestock auctioneers, restaurants, churches, nonprofits, real estate developers, office buildings, apartments, shopping centers and malls, and manufacturers. 


Kupfer v. Salma (In re Kupfer), 852 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2016) (briefed and argued; prevailed for appellants)


California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section

  • Executive Committee, Member & VP of Education, 2018 – 2019
  • Liaison to Commercial Transactions Committee, 2018 – 2019

State Bar of California, Business Law Section

  • Executive Committee, Member, 2017
  • Co-Chair, Insolvency Law Committee, 2016 – 2017
  • Volunteer Editor, ILC e-Bulletin, 2013 – 2017

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Next Generation Program  

  • Member, Organizing Committee, 2014 – 2015

Bar Association of San Francisco (“BASF”)

  • Executive Committee, Business Law Section, 2015 – 2016
  • Chair, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, 2012 – 2014
  • Board of Directors, Ex Officio Member, 2012 – 2013

BASF National Volunteer Week, Recognized for Outstanding Leadership, 2015

Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum

  • Board of Directors, Member, 2011 – 2016
  • Publicity Committee, Member, 2014 – 2016

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, Bar Rules Advisory Group

  • Leader, Chapter 11 Plan “Subgroup One,” 2014
  • Member, Payroll Form Revision Team, 2014

Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2012 – Present

San Francisco Magazine, Top Attorneys

  • Northern California Rising Star, 2015 – Present
  • Northern California’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, 2012 – 2014

Barristers Club of San Francisco

  • Board of Directors, Secretary, 2012 – 2013
  • Board of Directors, Member, 2011 – 2013
  • Liaison to State Bar Conference of Delegates Committee, 2012 – 2013
  • Liaison to Criminal Law & Government Section, 2011 – 2013
  • Liaison to Construction Law Section, 2011 – 2012
  • Chair, Business, Commercial & Bankruptcy Section, 2010 – 2011

BASF Consumer Debt Clinic, Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2009 & 2010


“Ponzi Schemes:  Expertly Defending the Innocent Investor,” California Society of CPA’s (CalCPA), Forensics and Investigations Section, Los Angeles, California, February 27, 2018

“Bankruptcy 101:  Fundamentals for Non-Bankruptcy Litigators,” Alameda County Bar Association, November 8, 2017

“License to Steal?  Assumption and Rejection of Intellectual Property License Agreements in Bankruptcy,” Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, June 28, 2017

“Complex Case Analysis,” California Bankruptcy Forum Annual Conference, May 20, 2017

“Creditors’ Rights and Remedies,” Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), July 2016

“Should I Stay, or Should I Go?  Commercial Leases and Bankruptcy,” Real Property Section of the State Bar of California, 2016 Annual Summit, May 21, 2016

“When a Nonprofit Corporation Is Insolvent:  Considerations, Options and Procedures,” Meeting of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section, May 28, 2015

“Arbitration and Bankruptcy,” ACCESS MCLE, May 5, 2015

“Business Bankruptcy Basics,” LexVid Continuing Professional Education, September 25, 2014

“Tax, Regulatory and Bankruptcy Issues in Arbitration,” Bar Association of San Francisco, Arbitration Committee, September 19, 2014

“Chapter 11 in a Nutshell,” California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2014

“Landlord-Tenant Law & Bankruptcy,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., August 11, 2011

“Bankruptcy Resources for Financial Educators,” Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Financial Education Network of San Francisco, May 27, 2010


“When a Nonprofit Corporation is Insolvent…” State Bar of California Business Law News, Issue 2, 2016

“Getting to the Core of Arbitration in Bankruptcy,” San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Spring 2015

Numerous articles for Legal by the Bay, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s blog (, including “Lien Priorities Altered When One Creditor Breaches Fiduciary Duties to Another,” January 21, 2015

“Enforcement of Non-Debtor Releases in International Insolvency Proceedings,” State Bar of California Business Law News, Issue 2, 2014

Numerous articles for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Bulletin, including “The Business Judgment Rule in the Central District of California,” March, 2014

“Discharging Trust-Related Claims in Bankruptcy,” Bar Association of San Francisco Continuing Legal Education Program Self Study Examinations, February, 2014

“’Hamilton v. Lanning’ Redefines Consumer Bankruptcy Practice,” The Recorder, Vol. 134, No. 112, July 5, 2010

Numerous articles for the Bankruptcy e-Bulletin of the State Bar of California Business Law Section, Insolvency Law Committee, including “Supreme Court Rules Section 526(a)(4)’s Limitation on Advice to Debtors is Constitutional,” March 12, 2010

“Almond Growers Beat Secured Lenders in Priorities Fight,” Non-Sequitur, Stanislaus County Bar Association Newsletter, December, 2006


Golden Gate University School of Law, Juris Doctorate

  • Witkin Award in Community Property
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Community Property
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Special Problems in Contracts and Torts
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Intermediate Legal Writing
  • Dean’s List

University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy