Our Attorneys

John Faucher of Faucher & Associates is a bankruptcy attorney and IRS tax attorney predominately located in Westlake Village, CA, but serving many areas, especially in the Ventura, Santa Barbara, & Los Angeles Counties.
John Faucher

 

John D. Faucher

John practices at the intersection of tax and bankruptcy law because he finds this legal practice offers an invigorating mixture of client counseling, problem solving, court appearances, litigation, and helping people in difficult circumstances.  Prior to going into private practice in 2009, John worked as an attorney for the U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Division, for more than a decade.  While there, he defended IRS tax audits in tax court as well as represented the IRS in bankruptcy proceedings.  John has also worked as corporate counsel for Coastal Corporation in Houston, TX and for other private partnerships.

John received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of California at Davis.  While at UC Davis, John was on the Law Review and published his article, Let the Chips Fall Where They May, about electronic defamation cases.  In his final semester of Law School in 1993, John interned for Judge Alan Jaroslovsky of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (Santa Rosa).  While looking for a job after law school, he interned for Chief Judge Joseph Cosetti of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh).

Before entering the legal profession, John was a news reporter for local newspapers in California (the San Clemente Daily Sun/Post, the Saddleback Valley News, the Berkeley Voice, and the San Jose Business Journal). His work has also been published in the New York Times.

Upon completing law school, John joined Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, a 200 attorney firm in Pittsburgh, PA, doing litigation and bankruptcy work for large clients.  From Pittsburgh, John moved to Houston, where he worked for Coastal Corporation, a Texas oil company facing bankruptcy and debtor-creditor issues all over the world.  While in Houston, John also taught the required Business Law course for four years at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business to its Executive MBAs.

For ten years, John worked as a special assistant U.S. Attorney representing the IRS in bankruptcy courts in Houston, Texas; Woodland Hills; and Santa Barbara. His work at IRS included review of offers in compromise, objections to chapter 13 plans, litigation over IRS claims in bankruptcy, lien and levy collection issues including IRS seizures, and tax litigation.

As a former partner at Hurlbett and Faucher, LLP from 2009-2012, John guided many debtors through to successful discharges, litigated cases on behalf of and against trustees, removed liens from debtors’ properties, stopped repossessions and foreclosures, and helped debtors obtain discharges when creditors used an adversary proceeding to challenge the debtor’s discharge.  At the end of 2012, John started his own tax and bankruptcy law firm, Faucher & Associates.

At the beginning of 2014, John earned a Certificate of Specialization in Bankruptcy Law from the State Bar of California.

 Below are a few of the attorneys with whom Faucher & Associates routinely work to achieve the best possible client outcome:
Kemble White
Kemble White

Kemble White

 2004 to present: Tax controversy practice, Santa Barbara, California.

1998 to 2004: Burleson, Pate & Gibson, Dallas, Texas. Diversified tax practice including income and estate tax planning, litigation of tax issues, audits and appeals, and preparation of returns. Debtor bankruptcy practice focused on discharging taxes. Completed 2003 consumer bankruptcy course presented by Standing Chapter 13 Trustee.

1989 to 1998: Partner, Wilson & White, LLP, Dallas, Texas.  Tax controversy work. We handled debtor bankruptcy work, estate planning and general litigation.

1976 to 1989:  McDaniel & White, PC, Dallas, Texas. Tax, family law, and debtor bankruptcy. Controlled an accounting firm that prepared tax returns and financial statements. Director, interim president, member of loan, audit and compliance committees of Midway National Bank.

1969 to 1976:  Trial Attorney with IRS Chief Counsel in Dallas, Texas. Represented Commissioner of Internal Revenue in the Tax Court. Handled bankruptcy and tax lien issues and reviewed criminal cases. Completed about half of a masters in taxation at SMU before going into private practice.

BA and LLM Washington and Lee, Lexington, Virginia. Internship with Criminal Division of Department of Justice.

Not Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Admitted to practice in Virginia and Texas, and U.S. Tax Court.

AV Rating with Martindale & Hubbell.

 

Reed Olmstead

Reed Olmstead

Reed Olmstead

Reed Olmstead began working for Bob Hurlbett as a law clerk during his tenure at the Santa Barbara College of Law. Immediately upon passing the California Bar Exam in May 2010, he was chosen as the firm’s sole associate attorney. He specializes in representing consumer and small business debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases but also represents creditors and chapter 7 trustees.

As the son of a certified bankruptcy specialist and former chapter 7 trustee, Reed learned the basics of bankruptcy at a young age and decided to make it his focus. During law school he completed a judicial externship under the Hon. Robin L. Riblet at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Reed earned his JD at the Santa Barbara College of Law where he graduated with honors. During law school, he earned several scholarships, awards and other honors for his achievements in individual subjects and for his overall performance. He earned his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in both Law & Society (exploring the impact of the legal system on society) and Philosophy.

Reed and his wife Stephanie make Santa Barbara home along with their cat Fiona. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 to attend UCSB and never looked back. He fell in love with Santa Barbara’s charm and natural beauty and enjoys kayaking, hiking, and exploring the Central Coast’s numerous beaches in his free time. Although often unpopular in this area of California, he loves the San Francisco Giants and makes the trip up to the Bay Area whenever he can to catch a game.