About The Firm

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Penners Bergen, ALC. Our legal firm was founded in 2009 by attorney Ann Bergen.  Ann has been a lawyer in California since 1993.

IT’S TIME YOU GOT PAID.  We believe that every business, no matter how small, has the right to be paid for its products, whether for goods or services.    We are a small firm of commercial collections lawyers who help you get paid either through proactive accounts receivable management, or, if necessary, through the court system.   We have no problem going after those who owe you money.  You’ve done your part under the agreement.   Now, it’s time they do their part.   It’s time you got paid.

YOUR CHOICE.  If you are interested in hiring us to collect money owed to you, the first thing we recommend is an asset search on your adversary.    If we are satisfied that it makes sense to pursue the debt, we normally can give our clients the choice of an hourly rate or a contingency fee arrangement.

EVERY BUSINESS HAS THE RIGHT TO AN EXPERIENCED BUSINESS LITIGATOR.   While the focus of our practice is commercial collections, our principal has over twenty years experience in the California state and federal courts to help with your business litigation matters.

REFERRALS.  We work primarily with clients referred to us by other attorneys, professionals or (our favorite!) happy clients. We can also refer our clients to attorneys or professionals in different locations. We do this because referrals help ease the anxiety of hiring a professional to help you with your business problems.

NEW CLIENTS.  We are delighted to work with new clients who find us online. We encourage you to spend as much time on this website as possible so that you start to get to know how we approach legal issues.  As we’re different from many lawyers, we understand that we’re not a good fit for everyone. So we invite you to find out as much as you can about us before you decide to call.

FREE ONE HALF-HOUR TELEPHONE CONSULTATION.  We realize that you won’t make a decision to hire us as your business lawyer just because you like our website or because someone referred you to us. You need to talk to us and we need to talk to you before we can figure out if it makes sense for us to go further. That’s why we offer potential clients free one half-hour telephone consultations at absolutely no cost. We’ll ask you some basic questions (like your name, contact and a sentence or two about your situation) and then schedule a time to talk.  We do this to avoid the mutual frustration of a game of telephone tag and so both you and the attorney can make the best use of your half-hour phone call. We also find that our clients appreciate having a phone call rather than having to drive to see us.

LOCATION OF CLIENTS SERVED. We serve clients throughout California.

HOURS. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasionally, we can schedule evening office hours or Saturday office hours for our clients.

FORMS OF PAYMENT. We accept cash, check and most major credit cards.

ATTORNEYS FEES. Depending on your situation, we can either charge a flat fee, monthly retainer, contingency or hourly rate.  Because our clients’ situations are unique, we can’t determine the appropriate fee to charge until after the initial consultation.