Top Bankruptcy Attorney in Los Angeles 

11268 Washington Boulevard
Suite 203
Culver City, California 90230-4647

Telephone: 310-391-2400
Toll Free: 800-307-DEBT (3328)
Fax: 310-391-2462


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At The Law Offices of Peter M. Lively, you will find experienced, professional, and informed attorneys who can provide practical advice for solving difficult problems.

The strategies we use to assist our clients include:

  • Counseling to avoid bankruptcy
  • Avoiding bankruptcy through workouts
  • Bankruptcy without Asset Liquidation


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11268 Washington Boulevard, Suite 203, Culver City, California 90230-4647

  • Telephone (310) 391-2400
  • Facsimile (310) 391-2462
  • Toll Free (800) 307-3328





  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, School of Law and John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management (Joint degree program); J.D. & M.B.A. 1988-92.

  • Management Field Study, on-cite investment analysis of small business, U.S.S.R.

  • CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; graduated with High Honors; B.S. Management & B.S. Economics 1984-88.

    • Honors Thesis, Mental Health Care: Economic & Political Perspectives.
    • President, Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honors Society)




  • Law Offices of Peter M. Lively, January 1994 to present. 
    General practice with concentration in small business and consumer reorganization and liquidation pursuant to the provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code.
  • University of California Los Angeles, School of Law, Spring 2012 and 2013.
    Adjunct Law Professor, Negotiation of Business Deals.

  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, June 2007. 

  • Coleman & Coleman, A Professional Law Corporation, January 1993 to January 1994.
    Assisted in phasing-out bankruptcy and civil litigation practice.

  • Admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court, Central District of California, December 1992. 

  • M.T.V. (Music Television), Boss Film Corporation, & Desert Music Pictures, Ltd., Los Angeles, California.  1991 through 1993.  Commercials and Television Productions.  Assisted in pre-production public relations, marketing, and promotion; coordination of events; and post production financial accounting.




  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (Class of 24)

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

  • Culver and Marina Bar Association

  • Central District of California Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, Member and Board Member (2005-present), Vice President (2010 and 2016), and President 2017.

  • Federal Bar Association, Member

  • Financial Lawyers Conference, Member

  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Member

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member and Client Referral Service Panel

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member

  • National Association of Consumer Attorneys, Member

  • Santa Monica Bar Association, Member

  • Southern California Bankruptcy Inn of Court, Barrister Class Member