Reno Fernandez represents businesses and individuals in complex bankruptcy law appeals.

He is certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, and protects the interests of creditors, debtors, trustees, and other parties in bankruptcy-related appellate matters. Reno has appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and other courts sitting in an appellate capacity under the Bankruptcy Code. He also consults on general bankruptcy litigation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.


He has represented and advised many types of business and individuals with bankruptcy issues.

Reno’s experience includes representing technology companies, equipment manufacturers, equipment lessors, banks, hedge funds, medical clinics, residential care facilities, shopping centers, apartment and office buildings, hotels, food and beverage, retail chains, farms, wineries, churches, and nonprofits. Reno has also overseen creditor recovery, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors.


Reno also participates on a number of prominent bankruptcy law-related committees.

He was chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the State Bar of California, a member of the organizing committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Program, a member of the board of directors of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, and chair of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.


He has received a number of honors for his work.

Reno is rated a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine, and as a “Top Attorney” by San Francisco Magazine. He was twice awarded an Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Bar Association of San Francisco.


Reno earned his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

There, he made the Dean’s List, won a Witkin Award, and earned three CALI Awards for Excellence. Reno has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Law School

Golden Gate University School of Law

  • Dean’s List
  • Witkin Award
  • Three CALI Awards for Excellence


Super Lawyer Superlawyers

Top Attorney San Francisco Magazine

Outstanding Volunteer Award Bar Association of San Francisco

Bar Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Ninth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


Bankruptcy Law

  • Certified Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Some of Reno's cases

U.S. Supreme Court

Bartenwerfer v. Buckley

Primary author of successful petition for writ of certiorari on the issue of whether an innocent spouse can be denied a discharge in bankruptcy based on the other spouse’s conduct.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Chazen v. Ciolino (In re Ryan)

Prevailed, in part, in opposing appeal attempting to increase claim against innocent investor in Ponzi scheme.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Kupfer v. Salma (In re Kupfer)

Prevailed for appellants in published opinion in case involving scope of commercial landlord’s claim for attorney’s fees in bankruptcy.

Eastern District of California

McLean v. Burkart (In re Shields)

Prevailed, in part, in obtaining remand of $200,000 portion of judgment representing estimate of value of accounts receivable.

California Court of Appeal

Calvert v. Mbanugo

Successfully defended judgement against debtor’s attempt to reverse judicial foreclosure sale.