Bill Malaier is chair of the firm’s Business Group.  His practice emphasizes bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy insolvency law, including the representation of both debtors and creditors in liquidations and reorganizations under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, appellate work, and representation of trustees in bankruptcy.  He is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts and is familiar with principles of finance and restructuring.

Bill’s practice also includes the representation of individual and corporate borrowers in connection with commercial lending transactions and workouts, including the documentation, negotiation, and closing of complex commercial loans.  In that capacity, he serves as a member of Ogden’s legal opinion committee.

Bill was recently elected by his peers to the Executive Board of the Washington State Bar Association’s Creditor-Debtor Section, and in that capacity serves as the Executive Board’s Recorder, and the Chair of the Grants Subcommittee.  He was formerly elected Chair of the King County Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section.  In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Education and Training Services (C.E.N.T.S. Program), a non-profit organization dedicated to education of students and senior citizens in matters related to personal finance and debt.

Bill is a frequent speaker at seminars on bankruptcy law, and recently co-edited the Bankruptcy chapter of the Washington State Bar Association’s Family Law Deskbook.  He has been selected as a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics Magazine every year since 2010.

Outside of the office, Bill is an avid reader and tennis player, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Cuban-American Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Arizona, 2003
  • B.A., Providence College, summa cum laude, 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Chair, "Student Loan Project: Advising and Representing Pro Bono Clients," King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, October 6, 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, “Debtor Filed Bankruptcy: What Now?,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 12/9/2015.
  • Co-Presenter, “Bankruptcy Options for Small Businesses: Which Chapter to File?,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 1/22/2014.
  • Presenter, “Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 12/12/2013.
  • Co-Presenter, “The Other Court: What Happens When Divorcing Spouses File Bankruptcy?,” Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 6/5/2013.
  • Presenter, “The Chapter 13 Plan and Saving Your Client's Home,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 3/7/2013.
  • Presenter, “When State Law Meets Bankruptcy Law: What Hpapens to Community and Separate Property When Your Client Files Bankruptcy?,” 23rd Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, Spokane, WA, 4/23/2010.
  • Presenter, “The Initial Client Interview,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 12/11/2009.
  • Presenter, “Basic Overview of Chapter 13,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 12/11/2009.
  • Presenter, “Chapter 13 Overview,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 10/16/2008.
  • Presenter, “The Initial Client Interview,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 4/17/2008.
  • Presenter, “Basic Overview of Chapter 13,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 4/17/2008.
  • Co-Presenter, “Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections,” King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, 11/16/2006.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section - Executive Board; Recorder
  • King County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section - Past Chair; Current Member
  • C.E.N.T.S. Program - Board of Directors
  • University of Washington School of Law - Guest Lecturer, The Treatment of Intellectual Property under the Bankruptcy Code

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Going for Broke: Judgment-Debtor Bankruptcy May Impact Collection Efforts”, Washington State Bar Association’s Litigation Section Newsletter
  • Co-Author, “A Comprehensive Guide to Chapter 13 Bankruptcy” Chapter, Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13, 2013 Ed., Aspatore Publishing, 2013
  • “2nd Anniversary of BAPCPA”, Washington State Bar Association’s Creditor-Debtor Section Newsletter
  • Co-Editor, Bankruptcy Chapter, Washington State Bar Association’s Family Law Deskbook

Honors

  • Rising Star, Washington Law & Politics Magazine: 2010-present
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