Cheryl C. Rouse

In 1984, I began practicing law in San Francisco. Practicing law, while not all there is in my life, affords me the opportunity to do what I like to do best -- help people solve their problems and meet the challenges of living in our complex society.

The Bay Area is in the eye of the storm of progress that has accelerated in the past few years. "Silicon Valley," "Internet," "Pacific Rim," all conjure up images of incredible pace, rapid-fire change, and infinite opportunities. Given the richness and complexity of life that we lead in the Bay Area, it is almost inevitable that we will face legal challenges that require the assistance of an attorney. If you have need of legal advice and counsel, I invite you to call or e-mail either of us to discuss how we might be able to help you.

Regarding my qualifications, I was admitted to the California Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in 1985; U.S. District Court, Central District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1986; and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of California in 1990. I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California in 1984, where I was Associate Editor of Law Review. I graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in 1980 with a B.A., Cum Laude, in History & Literature of Religions, Honors Program.

Upon graduation from law school, I started my practice in general civil litigation. In 1987, I joined the legal department of First Nationwide Bank as litigation manager for cases involving real estate, construction defect, residential and commercial lending, retail, toxic tort, insurance and securities. Starting in 1988, as Counsel for the Real Estate Management Department, I handled the bank's troubled asset portfolio and negotiated and drafted agreements for the sale of REO properties, loan modifications and real estate leases.

In 1990, I joined a law firm representing financial institutions, including Great Western Bank, World Federal Savings and Loan Association, Citibank, F.S.B., and many other creditors in bankruptcy, foreclosure and unlawful detainers. I have successfully conducted several jury trials and have also engaged in a very successful appellate practice.

In 1993, I was appointed to the Committee of Lawyer Representatives for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California. I am a member of Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum.

Norman P. Bahlert

I have been practicing law for over 25 years. I am admitted to practice law in the states of New York (1975) and California (1988). I graduated from Fordham Law School in New York City in June, 1974. After being admitted to the New York Bar, I practiced law primarily in the areas of estate planning, real estate, banking and litigation. In 1986, I moved my family to California and was appointed Managing Counsel for litigation in First Nationwide Bank's Legal Department. Since Cheryl Rouse and I opened our law offices in San Francisco in 1995, I have concentrated my practice in estate planning and litigation.

Please give us a call or send us e-mail with any questions you may have about how we might be of service to you.

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