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Franklin J. Contreras, Jr.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Civil and Business Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Class Actions


Franklin J. Contreras, Jr., is a member of the firm's Litigation Department and is a resident in the Irvine office. Mr. Contreras has been with the firm since 1995, when he initially joined the firm as a law clerk. Mr. Contreras concentrates his practice on appellate matters and business litigation, including breach of contract disputes, business torts, corporate director and officer litigation, and bankruptcy litigation.

Mr. Contreras received his undergraduate degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine, and his law degree from Western State University College of Law. During law school, Mr. Contreras earned the American Jurisprudence award for legal writing.

Mr. Contreras co-authored an article entitled "Bust the Trust: Why the Bankruptcy Trustee Should Carefully Examine the Creation, Funding and Administration of Irrevocable Trusts," published in the California Bankruptcy Journal in 2011.

Active in the business community, Mr. Contreras is a board member for the Center for Family Business for the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. Also active in the professional community, he is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association (Business Litigation Section), the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum.


  • Western State University College of Law, Irvine, California
    • J.D. - 1997
  • University of California, Irvine, CA
    • B.A. - 1992

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • California


  • Chosen for 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014 Rising Stars Edition magazine, a distinction held by the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Southern California who are 40 years old or younger, or in practice 10 years or less.
  • Nominated and recognized for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Lawyers of Distinction