René Lastreto II


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  • Phone: 559-228-6700
  • Fax: 559-228-6727
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Special Recognition:


Commercial enterprises needing an advocate to navigate the treacherous and dynamic environment that is creditor rights and remedies in all types of legal proceedings ask for Rene’s counsel and guidance. Rene Lastreto’s experience successfully representing creditors in all Courts in litigation of a breadth of issues leads to successful results for his clients.

Practice Emphasis

Over 30 years representing clients with creditor claims in all types of legal proceedings involving pursuit and protection of the client’s rights to be paid. In addition to Federal Bankruptcy and Reorganization proceedings, Rene Lastreto represents clients in proceedings before all Courts involving provisional remedies (Receiverships, Attachment and secured creditor rights) as well as commercial creditor disputes. His experience assists his clients affected by Bankruptcies including contract disputes, asset purchases and leases, commercial finance and restructuring. He advises clients on protecting themselves in case of default. His clients include financial institutions, insurance companies, leasing companies, members of the farm credit system, individuals and small businesses.


  • Lang, Richert & Patch, P.C., March 1999 – Present
  • Dowling, Aaron & Keeler, Inc., 1997-March 1999
  • Private Practice – 1996
  • Crossland, Crossland, Chambers, Lastreto & Knudson, 1981-1996


  • University of San Francisco School of Law (JD-1981)
  • University of Utah, B.S., Speech Communications, cum laude-1978

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyer: Selected as Northern California Super Lawyer for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 representing the top 5% of Lawyers in Northern California.


  • Extensive experience in commercial litigation with emphasis on the representation of institutional creditors in both bankruptcy and federal and state court litigation. Also represented parties in litigation, including contractual disputes, crop damage cases, construction disputes for both private and public works and business tort litigation.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience: On the Panel of Arbitrators for Attorney Fee Dispute Arbitrations. Also member of the Early Neutral Evaluation Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and a panel Bankruptcy Alternative Dispute Advocate. A construction and commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. Served as arbitrator in various bankruptcy proceedings and other disputes.

Professional Licenses

  • Admitted to the Bar: California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California and Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Certified as a specialist in Creditors Rights Law by the American Board of Certification.

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • California Bar Association
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association (Board of Directors, President in 1997-98)
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • Fresno County Bar Association (Past member of Board of Directors)
  • California Bankruptcy Forum.


  • Faculty member for the National Business Institute’s presentation of “Collecting Debts: Tips and Strategies to Legally Get What You’re Owed.” Contributed written material for the program’s chapters entitled: “Locating Assets: Avoid Playing Hide and Seek” and “Successfully Collecting Judgments.”- March 2007
  • Contributed materials relating to successor liability issues for the California Credit Managers Association in 2003.
  • Contributed articles for California Bankruptcy Forum on Trustee Issues in 2000.
  • Author “Steps in Litigating Non-Dischargeability Actions from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” California Bankruptcy Reporter, 1999.
  • Contributred written materials for Lorman Business Institute presentation “Collection Law in California” in 1998 and 1999.


  • Frequent speaker on the subjects of bankruptcy and commercial litigation in numerous continuing education courses including those sponsored by the Rutter Group, the Lorman Business Institute, Central California Bankruptcy Association, the San Joaquin College of Law; the Credit Managers Association and the California Bankruptcy Forum, Central California Recievers Forum and Central California Ag Lenders Association.