Judge René Lastreto II


Honorable René Lastreto II was sworn as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of California on September 14, 2015. His chambers is in the Fresno Division.

Prior to his appointment as a judge, he was the Managing Partner of Lang, Richert & Patch in Fresno, California, and before that, the Chief Financial Officer of the firm. While in private practice for 34 years, he emphasized litigation matters involving creditor rights in all courts in California. He also represented all constituencies in bankruptcy matters including creditors (both secured and unsecured), creditor’s committees, trustees, asset purchasers, lessees, lessors, debtors, and estate professionals.

Before joining the Lang, Richert & Patch firm in 1999, he was a partner at Dowling, Aaron & Keeler in Fresno, and prior to that, a partner at Crossland, Crossland, Chambers, Lastreto & Knudson.

He was trial counsel in many types of cases in both state and federal courts, and primary trial counsel in numerous contested matters representing various interests on agricultural and commercial code issues.

He is a frequent faculty member in many continuing education programs, both teaching and writing on various creditor related and agricultural issues. Before his appointment as a judge, he was on the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association and arbitrated numerous commercial disputes including construction and contract disputes.

He is certified by the American Board of Certification in Creditor’s Rights law.

His undergraduate degree was conferred by the University of Utah cum laude in 1978. He received his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1981.

Street Address

2500 Tulare Street Suite 2501
Fresno, CA 93721

Judicial Assistant

Rosanne Dodson
(559) 499-5870

Courtroom Deputy

Elizabeth Roberts
(559) 499-5879

Law Clerk(s)

Alan Alexander

Fresno Calendar (Calendar Line - (559) 499-5825)

Bakersfield Calendar (Calendar Line - (559) 499-5825)

Department B Forms


Beginning July 20, 2022, and unless otherwise ordered, hearings in Judge Lastreto’s courtroom are now simultaneously, (1) IN PERSON, (2) VIA ZOOM, and (3) VIA TELEPHONE.
For connection instruction to appear via Zoom, please review the pre-hearing dispositions calendar for the date of your hearing. You do not need to call Chambers for advance approval.

Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, "chambers copies" of pleadings for law and motion calendar items are not to be provided to the court and will be automatically recycled (not returned to counsel) by the Clerk if submitted.