Michael B. Ijams

Of Counsel

Business Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Corporate; Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights

Mr. Ijams has advised clients for over 35 years in business and civil litigation matters.  His practice includes business, real estate, and civil litigation, contract and real property law, advising businesses, corporations, and partnerships, and creditor representation in bankruptcy matters.


  • University of California, Davis, School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., Political Science, 1974

Representative Cases

  • Defense of property servicing companies in negligence and rent-control litigation arising out of foreclosed properties
  • Representation of limited partner in derivative action and dissolution of limited partnership with multiple real estate holdings
  • Representation of court-appointed Receivers in business receivership matters
  • Representation of subcontractor in stop-notice and bond claim against general contractor on large public works project

Representative Matters

  • Advising shareholders of closely-held agricultural corporation on corporate governance and buyout issues
  • Representation of businesses in negotiation of large bank financing packages
  • Representation of bank in real estate loan restructuring agreement
  • Representation of trustee/beneficiary in distribution of trust holding multiple parcels of farmland
  • Preparation and negotiation of agricultural leases
  • Preparation of UCC Article 2 sales contracts
  • Preparation of UCC Article 10 equipment lease

Professional Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • United States District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • State Bar of California, 1978 – present, Member, Business Law Section
  • Stanislaus County Bar Association
  • Wray Ladine Inn of Court
  • Modesto Rotary Club, Co-Chair, Outstanding Citizenship Committee
  • Modesto Rotary Club Foundation, Vice President and Board Member
  • Modesto Quarterback Club
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Vice Chair, Building Committee
  • UC Davis Alumni Association


  • Born and raised in Modesto, California
  • Married, with two adult daughters
  • Interests include bicycling, reading, photography, and college football (especially UC Davis!), but most of all, wife Anne and daughters Katie and Chrissy