John J. Pearson is the founder and shareholder of Law Offices of John J. Pearson, a Professional Law Corporation, doing business as Bankruptcy Forward. Mr. Pearson accepted his first Chapter 7 bankruptcy case back in 1997. Over the nearly 25 years since, through the bankruptcy process, he has helped California residents break free of the debt that had been holding them back and weighing them down.
During his many years of bankruptcy practice, Mr. Pearson has come to recognize that, although each client has a unique story, they tend to have some things in common. Most of them have done everything possible to get their debt under control before asking for help, considering bankruptcy only when there was no other option to protect their families. Many found themselves in dire financial straits not because of poor money habits, but due to circumstances beyond their control such as job loss or medical bills. Despite that fact, there was often a feeling of shame or embarrassment about having to file bankruptcy.
Through Bankruptcy Forward, Mr. Pearson is dedicated to helping clients see bankruptcy not as something to feel bad about, but as a smart tool for building a solid financial future. He knows that the federal government established the Bankruptcy Code to prevent Americans from drowning in debt and to help get a fresh start. For most people, bankruptcy is a chance to regroup, reset and move their financial lives forward in a positive direction.
Using the latest technology, Mr. Pearson prides himself on efficiently getting his clients the help they deserve so that they can move forward into a brighter financial future. He strives to put clients at ease with the bankruptcy process and lift the burden of worry from their shoulders. Mr. Pearson’s experience with the bankruptcy process allows him to help clients in the most cost-effective way possible, without even requiring them to make an in-person office visit.
Mr. Pearson earned his law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and his B.A. at Santa Clara University. He took to heart the Jesuit ideals these schools promoted, which helped foster his commitment to helping those in need. Some of the principles on which he bases his practice are the pursuit of excellence, commitment to service, and special concern for the poor and oppressed. In between college and law school, Mr. Pearson was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer for two years, and he speaks Spanish fluently. As a bankruptcy attorney, his focus continues to be on helping others.
Mr. Pearson was admitted to the California Bar in 1997 and is admitted to practice in the federal Bankruptcy Courts in the Central District of California, Northern District of California, and Eastern District of California. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 2005 (currently inactive) and was eligible to practice in the Bankruptcy Courts of the Western District of Texas and Southern District of Texas. Mr. Pearson focuses his practice primarily in the Central District of California. This area includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties.