• Bio

James R. Selth


I am a graduate of the University of California, Riverside where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1985 I received my Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, from Western State University. Prior to becoming an attorney, I served as an intern in the United States Senate and was employed for seven years by California Federal Savings & Loan Association, where I worked as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Cal Fed offices in San Bernardino and Pasadena.

I have a deep and extensive trial and litigation background. I served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County for over two years before joining the firm of McKinley & Capeloto in Pasadena in 1988, where I was a partner from 1994 until 2001. In 2002, I joined Weintraub Law Corporation as Senior Counsel. The firm became known as Weintraub Zolkin Talerico & Selth LLP in 2023.

I am proud to say that I am recognized as one of the leading consumer and small business bankruptcy attorneys in California and am a State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in bankruptcy law. I have taught bankruptcy law to attorneys at seminars conducted by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association.

My hands-on approach to each of my cases and dedication to the highest level of client satisfaction has helped hundreds of clients emerge from bankruptcy with the goal of discharge and "fresh start" accomplished. Many of Weintraub Zolkin Talerico & Selth's clients have successfully completed Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and received their discharge even after other attorneys told them they did not qualify for Chapter 7 relief.

In addition to representing debtors and creditors in a variety of matters, I have 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, I am able to refer my 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, I bring to Weintraub Zolkin Talerico & Selth LLP a hands-on background in the banking industry and extensive trial and bankruptcy court experience. I handle and supervise state court and bankruptcy litigation as well as foreclosure and receivership matters.

Practice Areas:

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Debt Negotiation
  • Chapter 7 Consumer and Business Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 11 Reorganization
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Lien Stripping
  • Tax Dischargeability
  • Collections
  • 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 - 1978
    • Major: Political Science

Certified Legal Specialties:

  • State Bar Certified Bankruptcy Law Specialist