STEPHEN E. BERKEN is a partner with Berken Cloyes, PC. His practice focuses on areas of consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Berken earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of California in 1981, and his J.D. degree from Hastings College of the Law, the University of California in 1984. Mr. Berken is a frequent lecturer before various professional groups. Mr. Berken handles cases involving Chapter 7 and 13, defense and prosecution of bankruptcy adversary matters.
He is the Colorado state chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is the founding member of the Colorado Consumer Bankruptcy Association. He is the creator of the Colorado Debtors’ Counsel Listserv, an Internet-based source of information for debtors’ counsel in the state of Colorado. The Listserv is provided as a free service to counsel of the Debtors’ Bar. Mr. Berken is on the ABI Advisory Board for Colorado. Mr. Berken is a board-certified expert in consumer bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Board of Certification. He is the state chair for C.A.R.E. (Credit Abuse Resistance Education). Mr. Berken was named Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year by 5280 Magazine for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Academic Information: B.A., Political Science, University of California, 1981, Cum Laude; J.D., Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1984 Date admitted to practice: November 1, 1985.
Mr. Berken has been a presenter at the following seminars:
ABI Consumer Workshop III, Riding the Circuits-Case law update, eligibility, consumer Chapter 11, January 2009; Around the World in 80 Days, Bankruptcy Case update, ABI 2010; 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Conference The Means Test, January 25, 2007, presenter. ABI Consumer Workshop 2015; ABI conference, Arizona December 3, 2015 Estate planning, divorce and bankruptcy: When Worlds Collide; Debate, Las Vegas 2016 FDCPA v. Bankruptcy; Litigation on a Budget, 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, January 2, 2018; NACBA 26th Annual Convention, Litigation on a Budget, April 2018.