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Doris A. Kaelin


(831) 600-8093
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San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111


J.D., Santa Clara University, 1992, Environmental Law Society, Vice President

B.S., San Jose State University, 1987, with great distinction, Criminal Justice Administration


Hon. James R. Grube (Ret.), United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of California


Super Lawyers® distinction in Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights (2014-2019, Law & Politics)

Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, San Francisco Magazine (2014)

The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2021)

Doris A. Kaelin is a partner in the Business Transactions and Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights practice groups at the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees. Ms. Kaelin has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. In addition to representing bankruptcy trustees and debtors and creditors in bankruptcy, she also represents companies in the wind down and dissolution of businesses, and assignees in assignments for the benefit of creditors.

Ms. Kaelin has also been appointed by the Office of the United States Trustee, a branch of the United States Department of Justice, as a bankruptcy trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

Ms. Kaelin has been involved in over 40 bankruptcy and out of court asset sale transactions. She has advised debtors, assignees and other fiduciaries on contract, lease and other claim disputes, and in most instances reaching settlement without the necessity of litigation. With a practice based in Silicon Valley, her representations have included many technology companies, as well as businesses in the retail sector.


Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Central Districts of California


  • State Bar of California, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, Member, former Director and Officer (Northern California Chapter)
  • State Bar of California, Insolvency Law Committee of the Business Law Section, Member, 2013 – present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, Member
  • California Bankruptcy Forum, Co-Producer, 2013 California Bankruptcy Forum, Annual Conference
  • Congressman Don Edwards Inn of Court, Executive Committee, former President, 2009-2010
  • Northern District of California Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, 2003-2005, sub-committee for the development of model sale order and guidelines