Arturo M. Cisneros


Arturo M. Cisneros, the founding partner and majority shareholder of Malcolm Cisneros, a law corporation, was born in San Bernardino, California in 1959. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984, and was President of the graduating class. At UCLA Law Schoool, Mr. Cisneros served as the Student Director of Westside Legal Services, providing low-income and Spanish-speaking residents of the Westside with volunteer legal services.

Upon graduation, Mr. Cisneros served as Law Clerk to the Honorable William J. Lasarow, former Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, Los Angeles Division, before clerking for the Honorable John J. Wilson, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California, San Bernardino Division.

Prior to formation of his law firm in 1992, Mr. Cisneros was the Staff Attorney for the standing Chapter 13 Trustee in the Santa Ana and San Bernardino Divisions of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California before accepting a position with a prominent Orange County bankruptcy and commercial litigation firm. In 1993, Mr. Cisneros was appointed and continues to serve as a Bankruptcy Panel Trustee by the Office of the United States Trustee for the Central District of California, Riverside Division.

Mr. Cisneros has provided cradle to grave services as a Trustee. In addition to operating and liquidating businesses ranging from a car wash to multi-million dollar apartment and office buildings, hotels, restaurants, real estate offices, and manufacturing facilities, he has served as a Trustee for a day care center, retirement home, and mortuary. Mr. Cisneros’ goal in each of these cases was to maximize the value of assets for the benefit of creditors by liquidating assets and collecting accounts receivable quickly, cutting costs ruthlessly, and operating businesses profitably when possible or briefly if impossible but necessary to maximize sales value as a going concern. He brings a fresh and unbiased perspective to each case he administers, as evidenced by his strong track record of settling seemingly intractable legal and financial disputes.

Mr. Cisneros served as a Central District Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from 1996 to 1998. He is Past-President of the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum, Past-President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Mexican-American Bar Association. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the President’s Circle of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustee and the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum. Mr. Cisneros is also a founding member of the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund of Orange County.