Matthew J. Olson

Matthew J. Olson



Matt helps debtors and creditors economically resolve financial problems—in court or out of court.

Matt has broad experience representing debtors, creditors, and fiduciaries in complex insolvency matters, in cases involving both individuals and businesses.  Matt’s practice focuses on helping companies navigate a bankruptcy reorganization, from the first day of a case, through confirmation of a plan of reorganization and resolving disputed claims, and to final resolution.  When a bankruptcy case is not appropriate, Matt is able to help with other out-of-court options to resolve a troubled financial situation.

Matt also helps creditors protect their rights in insolvency matters and helps professional fiduciaries discharge their duties and recover the maximum amount for the estates they represent.

Education & Admissions

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., with Distinction, 2009),

  • Traynor Honor Society; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Witkin Awards: Legal Process, Appellate and International Advocacy, Criminal Law
  • Appellate and International Advocacy Best Brief Award (Appellee)
  • Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition, Best Oral Advocate Award – 2nd Place
  • Traynor Moot Court Competition, Outstanding Achievement in Oral Advocacy Award

University of the Pacific (B.S., Business Administration; B.A., Political Science, 2004),

  • Outstanding Student Leader Award
  • Outstanding Junior Scholarship Award


  • California
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • English


  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Honorable Ronald H. Sargis, 2010-2012


Representative Experience

  • Represented a land developer in a successful chapter 11 reorganization resulting in a confirmed plan of reorganization
  • Represented a trucking company in its pending chapter 11 reorganization
  • Represented a shopping center owner in a successful chapter 11 reorganization resulting in a confirmed plan of reorganization
  • Defended a former business owner in a fraudulent transfer suit which resulted in an amicable settlement
  • Obtained a reversal of a bankruptcy court decision against a spouse in a dischargeability suit
  • Successfully represented a chapter 7 trustee in recovery of fraudulently transferred assets
  • Represented a bank in a pending diocesan bankruptcy case
  • Represented a family farmer in a successful reorganization resulting in a confirmed chapter 12 plan
  • Assisted a dentist with a reorganization resulting in a discharge of debt arising from a failed investment
  • Helped non-debtor purchasers of a home recover possession after the debtor refused to honor the pre-bankruptcy sales contract

News & Resources

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco—Immediate Past Chair
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum—Member, Board of Directors
  • Clerk’s Advisory Committee—U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California
  • University of the Pacific Alumni Association—Past President
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges—Next Generation Program (2016)
Matthew J. Olson