Dean Kirby

Attorney

Dean represents lenders, creditors, and fiduciaries in bankruptcy, foreclosure commercial collection, and receivership matters. He is certified by the American Board of Certification in the field of Creditors’ Rights and by the Board of Specialization of the State Bar of California in the field of Bankruptcy. He is the only San Diego lawyer to have achieved certification in both Creditor Rights and Bankruptcy. Dean has been appointed to serve as an examiner; a chapter 11 trustee; and as counsel for trustees, official creditor committees, and court appointed receivers in chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases.

Dean is  a member of the Commercial Transactions Committee of the Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.

Recognitions

Dean is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating of skill and integrity, indicating very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the bar. He is rated “Superb” by Avvo, their highest rating, and was selected for inclusion in the 2008-2019 editions of San Diego’s “Super Lawyers”®, an honor extended to about five percent of the bar. He has been listed perennially by San Diego Magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers” including the 2019 List.

Education

  • University of California Berkeley School of Law – Boalt HallJ.D.1979
  • University of California Berkeley School of Law – Boalt HallLaw Review: California Law Review, Associate Editor 1976-1979
  • University of Nebraska-LincolnB.A., Political Science1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Commercial Transactions Committee of the Business Law Section, California Lawyer’s Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • San Diego Bankruptcy Forum (former Director)
  • United Trustees Association
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Located in Downtown San Diego