Selth, James R.
James R. Selth

James R. Selth

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Mr. Selth is a graduate of University of California, Riverside where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and served an internship in the United States Senate. In 1985 he received his Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, from Western State University. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Selth served an internship in the United States Senate and was employed for seven years by California Federal Savings & Loan Association, where he last worked as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Cal Fed's Pasadena office.

Mr. Selth served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County for two years before joining the firm of McKinley & Capeloto in Pasadena in 1988, where he was a partner from 1994 until 2001. In 2002 Mr. Selth joined Weintraub Law Corporation as Senior Counsel. The firm became known as Weintraub & Selth, APC in 2004.

Mr. Selth is recognized as one of the leading consumer and small business bankruptcy attorneys in California, and is a State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in bankruptcy law. His hands-on approach to each of his cases and dedication to the highest level of client satisfaction has helped hundreds of clients emerge from bankruptcy with the goal of a discharge and "fresh start" accomplished. Many of Weintraub & Selth's clients have successfully completed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and received their discharge even after other attorneys told them they did not qualify for Chapter 7.

In addition to representing debtors and creditors in a variety of matters, Mr. Selth has years of experience representing financial institutions and mortgage lenders in state courts and bankruptcy courts throughout California, specializing in areas of concern to credit unions. As a member of Provisors, an alliance of senior level professionals from the fields of law, accounting, banking, finance, insurance and consulting, he is able to refer his clients to trustworthy, accountable, seasoned professionals in virtually any field.

A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, Mr. Selth brings to Weintraub & Selth, APC a hands-on background in the banking industry and extensive trial and bankruptcy court experience. He handles and supervises state court and bankruptcy litigation as well as foreclosure and receivership matters.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Debt Negotiation
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization
  • Out-of-Court Workouts
  • Consumer Bankruptcies
  • Lien Stripping
  • Collections
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contracts
  • Debtor/Creditor Representation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1985
  • University of California, Riverside, California
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Political Science

Past Positions

  • California Federal Savings & Loan Association, Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager, 1979 to 1986
  • Orange County District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, 1986 to 1988
  • McKinley & Capeloto, Partner, 1988 to 2002
  • United States Senate, Internship

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Member
  • Financial Lawyers Conference, Member
  • Central District Consumers Bankruptcy Attorneys Association, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist