Honorable Sandra R. Klein

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1582 / Courtroom 1575
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-7741

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-5856

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1480

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-0992
(213) 894-0994


Chapter 13
Telephonic Instructions


Although Judge Sandra R. Klein previously allowed telephonic appearances, counsel repeatedly ignored the criteria for appearing telephonically, which was posted on Judge Klein’s and Tele-Court’s websites. This caused hearings to be delayed and increased the burden on Judge Klein’s already overworked staff. Therefore, effective June 27, 2011, Judge Klein will no longer allow telephonic appearances in any matter.

In most cases, Judge Klein issues tentative rulings by 2:00 p.m. the day before the hearing date. These rulings are generally available via the Court’s webPACER service. Unless the tentative ruling states explicitly that no appearance is required, appearances are required by all parties to the matter.

A moving party’s failure to attend a hearing on its motion will result in denial of the motion for failure to prosecute and may result in the issuance of an order to show cause re: sanctions. An opposing party’s failure to attend a hearing on a motion that it has opposed will be deemed to have withdrawn its opposition to the relief requested in the motion.

About the Judge



  • University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management, M.B.A., 2009, UCLA Anderson School of a Management Honor Society
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1992, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Note & Comment Editor, Loyola Int'l & Comp. L.J., 1991 – 92
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA (formerly University of Lowell, Lowell, MA), B.M., Music Education, 1982, Magna Cum Laude

 Career Record:

  • 1997 – 2011, United States Department of Justice
  • 2009 – 2011, Acting Assistant Director of Office of Criminal Enforcement, United States Trustee Program
  • 2003 – 2009, Bankruptcy Fraud Criminal Coordinator, United States Trustee Program
  • 1997 – 2003, Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California (on permanent detail from the United States Trustee Program)
  • 1995 – 1997, Associate, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1994 – 1995, Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 1992 – 1994, Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, United States District Court for the Central District of California

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
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