Macdonald, Iain A.

221 Sansome StreetThird FloorSan Francisco, CA 94104- 2331

Updated: 07/21/2017


Iain Macdonald has practiced bankruptcy law for over 40 years, primarily in the courts of the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.  He attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and has taught bankruptcy and commercial law at the Law School since 1984.  He practiced with the well-regarded firm of Goldberg Stinnett & Macdonald from 1977 to 1993, when he opened his own office, and then partnered with Reno F.R...


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Senior Partner

Practice Areas

  • Reorganization & Business Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Debtors, Creditors and Trustees


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1972
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1972

Other Affiliations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 1983 - Present (Past Chairman, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Sections)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, 1985 - 1987 (Former board member, Board of directors)


  • Award of Merit, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1990
  • Served as a mediator on the Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Panel of the Northern District of California Bankruptcy Court as well as the Stanislaus County Superior Court Mediation Panel

Classes and Seminars

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Professor
  • State Bar of California, annual meeting for 2010 and 2011, Speaker
  • California Bankruptcy Forum, annual meeting for 2010 and 2011, Speaker


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1971


Published Works

  • “Exemptions: Homesteads,” Debt Collection Practice in California, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1987
  • “Handling a Chapter 7 Business Bankruptcy, Here’s What You Do and How To Do It,” California Continuing Legal Education of the Bar, 1992
  • “Planning and Process of a Chapter 7,” The Business Lawyer’s Bankruptcy Guide, Callaghan/Clark/Boardman, 1991
  • Confirming the Plan in the Individual Chapter 11 Case Vol. 30 Cal. Bankr. J. No. 2 (2009), Author

Office Information


221 Sansome StreetThird FloorSan Francisco, CA 94104- 2331


  • 415-394-5544


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