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Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux


Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux is the Supervising Senior Staff Attorney of Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project, the largest and most successful bankruptcy pro se program in the country.  Ms. Bordeaux has been practicing consumer bankruptcy law for 19 years and has worked extensively with the Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of California, Office of the United States Trustee, and private bankruptcy attorneys in developing and implementing ways to make the courts more accessible to pro se litigants.  

Ms. Bordeaux has written numerous articles on consumer bankruptcy issues and is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy educational panels. In 2004, she was also featured on the cover of Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine for her article on successfully expunging a fraudulent bankruptcy from the public record.  In 2012, KPCC featured Ms. Bordeaux and her successful representation of one of her clients, who was both a victim of identity theft and a “bankruptcy hijacking” in a bankruptcy proceeding. Ms. Bordeaux has also been featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Los Angeles Times, and La Opinion.  

Ms. Bordeaux was the recipient of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Hon. Cornelius Blackshear Fellowship Award.  In 2013, Ms. Bordeaux was the recipient of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys President Henry J. Sommer Scholarship Award, a national award recognizing the outstanding contributions of a public interest attorney in the area of consumer bankruptcy law. And in 2015, she received the Thomas B. Donovan Excellence Award, an award that recognizes an outstanding Judge or Attorney in the bankruptcy field for excellence in writing, advocacy, service to the court, and service to the bar.

Ms. Bordeaux was appointed as a 9th Circuit Lawyer Representative in 2014. In 2017, she was then elected to be a member of the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee.  And, she is an active member of the Los Angeles Country Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Debtor Assistance Project Subcommittee and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.  In 2018, she was appointed to the Board of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association. Ms. Bordeaux graduated from UCLA School of Law and received her B.A. from U.C. Irvine.