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Reed-Olmstead-Attorney-SantaBarbaraReed Olmstead

California Bankruptcy Attorney

Hurlbett & Olmstead, with offices in Santa Barbara and Grover Beach, California, providing bankruptcy and other legal services throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties.

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. His practice is devoted entirely to bankruptcy and debt resolution. He represents consumer and small business debtors and creditors in cases under chapters 7, 11, and 13. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to representing 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 Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum/California Bankruptcy Forum, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the San Luis Obispo County 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 devotes as much time as possible to pro bono work in the community and regularly volunteers at the Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, held every Friday morning at the Bankruptcy Court in Santa Barbara. In 2014, he was awarded the William J. Lasarow Award, Honoring Outstanding Pro Bono Service to the Community, presented by the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County in conjunction with Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project.

Reed and his wife Stephanie make Santa Barbara home along with their two children. 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.



Robert HurlbettRobert E. Hurlbett (Retired)

California Bankruptcy Attorney

Mr. Hurlbett received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Colorado State University in 1968 and 1976, a Master of Science in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1982, his law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1990 and a certificate in Enology and Winemaking from the University of California, Davis, in 2011. He retired from the practice of law in July 2015.

He and his wife, Sara Weber, enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, paragliding, hiking and golf and now divide their time between Delray Beach, Florida (near two of four grandchildren), Barichara, Colombia, S.A., and Santa Barbara.