Donna Parkinson

J.D. University of California, Davis, 1986 – Order of the Coif
B.A. – with Honors, California State University, Sacramento

Donna Parkinson brings many years of experience practicing bankruptcy and commercial insolvency law in state and federal courts. She has represented multi-state banking entities and large financial institutions, insurance companies as lenders, landlords, trustees, creditors, creditors’ committees, governmental entities and national wholesale companies as well as individuals, addressing a wide range of complex bankruptcy and commercial insolvency law issues.  Recently, she has represented the Stockton Police Officers Association and Stockton Police Managers Association in the Chapter 9 bankruptcy case of the City of Stockton.

She was chair of the business law section for 2011-2012. She is certified by the American Board of Certification in Business Bankruptcy Law and Creditors’ Rights Law. She is also certified by the California State Board of Legal Specialization in Bankruptcy law.  She is peer rated as AV preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, which means she meets a very high criteria of ethical standards.

She is a former Chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the California State Bar and is a past president of the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum and the Sacramento Valley Receivers Forum as well as representative to the California Bankruptcy Forum. She served as a member of the Bankruptcy Attorney Advisory Committee for the Eastern District, on the Attorney Advisory Committee for the Eastern District Court and served two years as an at large Bar Council member for the Sacramento County Bar Association. A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and insolvency issues, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law teaching advanced bankruptcy law. She was a member of a panel that presented the bi-annual Ninth Circuit Insolvency Law Update webinars and has written Insolvency Law Committee e-Bulletins summarizing new cases. Donna also served multiple terms on the Sacramento County Treasury Oversight Committee and chaired that organization in 2002.


Tom Phinney

J.D., University of California, Davis, 1991
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, with Honors, 1986

Tom Phinney has practiced bankruptcy law and commercial litigation for over 20 years.  He represents creditors, including institutional lenders, insurers, committees, equipment lessors, landlords, and bankruptcy trustees in all phases of bankruptcy proceedings, bankruptcy litigation, appeals, and commercial collection.

Mr. Phinney has received a peer review rating of “AV preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell.  He is certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification, and certified as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the California State Bar. He was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer for the years 2014-16.  He is President of the California Bankruptcy Forum (2016-2017), and past President of the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum (2015-2016).  He is a Lawyer Representative for the Eastern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2016-2018).  He is an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (2016-2017), and was the Co-Chair of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (2012-2013).  He was Co-Chair of the 2009 California Bankruptcy Conference.  He is a writer for the American Bankruptcy Institute on recent 9th Circuit case developments. He is also a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and insolvency law issues, recent presentations are set forth in the Presentations tab.