Stephen E. Jenkins


Stephen E. Jenkins specializes in business and commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 matters, as well as equipment leasing and real property secured transactions. Mr. Jenkins has been with the firm for 39 years, the last 24 years as a partner of the firm.

Mr. Jenkins received his undergraduate degree in business administration in 1977 from California State University at Long Beach. He earned his law degree in 1981 from Western State School of Law in Fullerton, California, where Mr. Jenkins graduated with honors and received the AmJur Award for Bankruptcy.

A proficient litigator with thirty-four years’ experience, Mr. Jenkins has conducted over 750 Trials. Mr. Jenkins is a former Legal Chair and Director of United Association of Equipment Lessors (UELA). He is also a former member of the Equipment Leasing Association’s (ELA) Legal Committee.

Mr. Jenkins is the author of numerous articles which include, “Norvergence and the Lessor’s Dilemma,” The Monitor, (2004); “Conducting Business in Foreign States,” ELA Equipment Leasing Today (2004); and “Enforcement of Remedies under UCC Revised Article 9, A Mixed Bag,” ELT Leasing Today (2003).

Along with numerous articles, Mr. Jenkins has spoken on a wide array of subjects to numerous professional organizations. Among them, Mr. Jenkins presented a legal primer and bankruptcy law update at the ELA Legal Forum. Additionally, Mr. Jenkins spoke at both the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB) and UAEL Conferences on the subject of California Finance Lenders’ Licenses. In 2003, Mr. Jenkins addressed the ELA Legal Forum and UAEL Conference regarding lessor remedies. He has also lectured extensively on the subject of advanced documentation and numerous bankruptcy issues.

Mr. Jenkins has had numerous cases upheld on appeal, including Foto-Kem Industries, Inc. v. Giants Entertainment Inc., 2002 Cal.App. Unpub. Lexis 11806; Spolter v. Cottone, 2001 Cal. Lexis 8547; French v. S.C.L.A. Co. (unpublished decision, 1986).

During his extensive legal career, Mr. Jenkins has additionally testified in court as an expert witness on the topic of California Collection Law. He is also admitted to practice before all four U.S. District Courts of California.