M. Jonathan Hayes

Senior Counsel, RHM Law, LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

Biography

M. Jonathan Hayes has practiced consumer bankruptcy law primarily for the past 42 years in Southern California. He recently completed a two-year sabbatical as the BAP Law Clerk first for Judge Laura Taylor in San Diego and then for Judge William Lafferty in Oakland. He is now Senior Counsel to the bankruptcy firm of RHM Law, LLP. Jon has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law for the past 33 years where he has taught Bankruptcy, Business Associations and other subjects. Jon was a member of the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission, 2010 to 2018. He was Vice-Chairman for the year 2016-2017 and Chairman for the year 2017-2018. He was President of the Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney’s Assn (“cdcbaa”), 2013 and 2014, and is a member of the Board of Directors 2008 to present. He was a Lawyer Representative to the Central District Judicial Conference, 2014 to 2019. Today he has joined with Hon. Meredith Jury (Ret.) to form a bankruptcy appellate “dream team” with six other bankruptcy attorneys throughout the 9th Circuit to help consumer attorneys with their bankruptcy appeals. Jon has written four books entitled, “A Summary of Chapter 13” published in November 2019; “A Summary of Bankruptcy Law, Third Edition” published in December, 2016; “Bankruptcy Jurisprudence from the Supreme Court, Second Edition” published in 2016; and “Melvyn ‘Deacon’ Jones: My 40 years with the Blues Legends,” published in 2004. All are available on Amazon.com. You can reach Jon at [email protected].

Articles by M. Jonathan Hayes

johnmclean
May 5, 2024
When a person sells goods for the account of the owner and thereafter does not pay the owner, is the debt discharged under the bankruptcy law at the time? Yep.
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hayes
April 21, 2024
By highlighting Judge Stephen Johnson's rulings and insights, Hayes brings readers an analysis of the definition of what consumer debt is . . . and is not.
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hayes
April 7, 2024
When the debtor fails to properly schedule a creditor in an asset case, is the now non-dischargeable debt under § 523(a)(3) limited to the amount the creditor would have received had it filed a proof of claim?
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chiefjusticemarshall
March 31, 2024
Launching a new feature - Supreme Court Corner - Jon Hayes will periodically share a look at a historical bankruptcy case. As the title indicates, Sturges v. Crowninshield looks at state bankruptcy law in the absence of federal law.
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hayes
March 24, 2024
Bankruptcy Court in Texas awards sanctions of $825,940.55 for bad faith filing and prosecution of a proof of claim. (Yes it’s an 11 but still, $825k!)
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jennydoling
March 17, 2024
IT’S NACTT REGISTRATION TIME!! Boston on the 4th of July PLUS a Phenomenal Consumer Bankruptcy Conference. We're excited to welcome Jenny Doling as a new addition to our lineup of skilled speakers for this year. She'll be teaming up with Chapter 13 Trustee John Jansing and The Honorable Selene D. Maddox for a session titled "Evaluating Tax Returns and Other Financial Documents." Together, they'll delve into a comprehensive exploration of the complexities surrounding the scrutiny of debtors' tax returns and financial records.
hayes
January 28, 2024
Does § 523(a)(15) include claims by a spouse against the other spouse for fraud etc, i.e., §§ 523(a)(2), (4) and (6), in a chapter 7 case?
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hayes
September 11, 2022
Consumer bankruptcy attorneys in my experience tend to see appeals as a massively expensive undertaking fraught with unfamiliar rules and the threat of sanctions at every turn. That is not the reality. The purpose of this short article is to allay those fears. It’s a fun and satisfying process; dive in says I. Final order You can only appeal a...
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hayes
March 27, 2022
(Used with permission,Volume 1, Issue 3:3 6 March, 2022 cdcbaa) Jon: Hi Aki. I can’t believe after knowing you for 30 years now that I don’t know where you were born. Aki: Ha! I was born in Tokyo, Japan although we moved to California when I was about one. We’ve been here ever since. Jon: Why the move? Aki: Well,...
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