Ethan J. Birnberg


Ethan returned to the Lake Tahoe area to join Porter Simon after previously working for AmLaw 100 and 200 law firms. He is a 2021 Northern California Super Lawyer (awarded to only 5% of attorneys in California). His practice spans from transactional work for real estate developments, construction loans, short-term rental projects, corporate formation, asset sales and acquisitions, to litigation matters requiring mediation, arbitration, and multi-day trials. Ethan’s diverse experience includes litigating claims under federal and state consumer protection statutes, negotiating and analyzing agreements, leases, and contracts for architects, design and construction professionals, landlords, and tenants, and representing debtors, trustees, creditors, and receivers, including court-appointed receivers in Ponzi scheme cases. He has extensive insolvency experience assisting entities seeking to restructure under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, borrowers and lenders seeking out-of-court workouts, representing chapter 7 trustees, and advising directors, officers, and executive management regarding labor and employment matters, fiduciary duties, and corporate governance issues.

Ethan enjoys assisting his community and has provided pro bono services for the Will for Heroes program (drafting wills and estate plan documents for firefighters, police officers, and other first responders), served as a council member for the Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center, and helped first and second graders strengthen their reading skills through the Washoe County’s Read & Succeed Volunteer Program. When not in the office, Ethan spends time with his family snowboarding, skiing, paddle boarding, camping, and canoeing in Truckee, Lake Tahoe, and many other beautiful places in and around the Sierra Nevada region.

Bar Admissions: California; Nevada; Colorado; Wyoming

Certifications: Business Bankruptcy Specialist and Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist (by the American Board of Certification)

Law School: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, summa cum laude

Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara, (B.A., Law & Society and Global Peace & Security minor; Honors Program; received Academic Award for Excellence)

Recognition/Awards: Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rating; 2020-2021 Northern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine;Rising Star, Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2019; Donald E. Cordova Distinguished Service Award (for pro bono service), award by Chief Colorado Bankruptcy Judge Michael E. Romero; International Insolvency Institute, NextGen Class V Inductee (Toyko, Japan)

Associations: American Board of Certification (Board of Director); Faculty of Federal Advocates (Board of Director); Turnaround Management Association (Rocky Mountain Chapter Board of Director)

Externship: Externed for Judge Barry T. Moskowitz, U.S. District Court for Southern District of California

Publications and Speaking Engagements: Ethan has taught continuing legal education courses, spoken on panels concerning emerging business trends and corporate day-to-day operational and financial issues, and published articles concerning corporate and shareholder disputes, litigation and appeals, creditor’s rights in bankruptcy and enforcement of judgments, reporter’s privileges, liability under the Fair Debt Consumer Protection Act, and landlord and tenant rights. Specific titles are listed on his LinkedIn page.