William M. Burd

William M. Burd

Of Counsel
Newport Beach, California
(949) 851-7450
(949) 851-6926

William M. Burd was admitted to the California Bar in 1979, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California. Prior to attending college, Mr. Burd served in the United States Marine Corp from 1966 to 1970. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UCLA in 1975 and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in 1979.

For forty years, Mr. Burd's practice has focused exclusively on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation. He served on the Panel of Mediators, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California from 1998 to 2018. He served as an adjunct professor of bankruptcy law at Chapman University School of Law from 2000 to 2002. He was certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification from 1995 to 2019, AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell since 1990, and listed in Southern California's Super Lawyers every year since 2007. He is the 2001 recipient of the Honorable Peter M. Elliot Memorial Award for outstanding scholarship, ethics, and service to Orange County bankruptcy community, awarded jointly by the Orange County Bankruptcy Forum and the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of the Orange County Bar Association.

He is a frequent panelist and speaker at seminars sponsored by California Continuing Education of the Bar, the Rutter Group, Professional Education Seminars, Inc., California Bankruptcy Forum, Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, and Orange County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Bankruptcy

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1979


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Representing Chapter 7 Debtors In a Residential Bull Market: A View Fr om the Trenches, 27 Cal. Bankr. J. No. 4, 420, 2005


  • Bankruptcy Law at Chapman University, Adjunct Professor, 2000 - 2002

Honors and Awards

  • The Honorable Peter M. Elliott Memorial Award, 2001 - Present
  • AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Attorney, 1979 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 1986 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member, Commercial Law Section
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum, Member
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum, Member
  • Peter M. Elliott Inn of Court, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Burd & Naylor, Partner, 1996 - 2018

Pro Bono Activities

  • Amicus Board - Public Law Center


  • English