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Pagano & Kass, P.C.

Bankruptcy Lawyer | Serving San Jose, CA

96 N. Third Street, Suite 525
San Jose, CA 95112

Call for Legal Counsel when Your Business is in Financial Trouble

The lawyers at Our Firm have had experience in business, both from operating our own firms for over 35 years and from assisting businesses with operational and financial issues. James L. Pagano has represented creditors and debtors in personal and business Chapter 11 proceedings, and formerly represented the Chapter 13 Trustee for the San Jose division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. We have litigated to judgment multiple relief from stay motions, plan confirmations, and adversary proceedings.

Our Firm is noted for its level of detail and aggressiveness, never losing sight, however, if the need to consider resolutions and the costs and benefits of an undertaking.  We have successfully prosecuted legal actions that resulted in a $1.8 million recovery against debtors, who filed serial bankruptcies, and nearly $500,000.00 from a debtor who filed multiple bankruptcies, one of which, if not timely contested, would have resulted in the client losing a judgment in its entirety. Our Firm has also obtained confirmation of a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization that reordered mortgage debt for individual debtors, who owed more than $2.7 million in mortgage and non-dischargeable tax debt, overcoming vigorous opposition to confirmation from the lenders.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Debt Issues
  • Debt Collections
  • Debt Work-Outs
  • Reorganizations
  • Relief Planning
  • Business Dissolution
  • Business Terminations

Call Attorney James L. Pagano today at 408-703-1690 to arrange your initial consultation. The firm serves businesses throughout California.

Attorney Profiles

Attorney James L. Pagano


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1981


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1980
  • Washington University School of Law, 1977-1978
  • Washington University, B.A., 1977

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Santa Clara County Bar Associiation
  • San Francisco County Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California
  • Association of Defense Counsel

Attorney Ian A. Kass


  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1996

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1999


  • University of Southern California, J.D.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The State Bar of California

Verdicts & Settlements

Successful contest of proposed Chapter 11 Plan that resulted in creditor clients receiving nearly $500,000.00 from bankrupt estate as opposed to original plan payment of less than $10,000.00; obtained $615,000.00 non-dischargeable judgment against individual Chapter 7 debtor for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty/elder abuse, thus, rendering clients eligible for monies from state real estate fraud fund; obtained $1,200,000.00 settlement following filing of successful involuntary bankruptcy petition against debtor company and forcing dismissal of other related bankruptcy petitions; successfully defended adversary complaint brought against former CEO of reorganized debtor for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and misappropriation of funds; result was payment to Client of nearly $300,000.00 for wrongfully withheld wages and benefits; obtained confirmed individual Chapter 11 Plan for professional sole practitioner reorganizing nearly $3,000,000.00 of debt, defending against numerous challenges to Plan by secured and priority creditors.


“You're in Great Hands with Jim.  Jim is a meticulous and detailed oriented attorney.  He is also very professional and easy to understand.  He respects his clients and doesn’t ‘talk down’ to them.  If there is a concept of the law that I don’t understand off the bat, Jim has a knack to quickly explain it in a different fashion that enables me to understand a difficult concept.  Jim is also patient with the tons of questions that we throw at him during our litigation process.  I would highly recommend Jim to anyone needing an attorney.” — Sharon M.

“Ian is a true professional.  His work is beyond reproach and I would recommend Ian without reservation.  His legal skills and knowledge of the law are excellent.  I also appreciate his ability to get right to the heart of an issue and give sound practical, as well as legal, advice.” — Brian G.

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