Our attorneys are professional and experienced. Learn more about them by clicking the profiles below:
Peter Nisson Ursula Barrios Anthony Paul Cara
Peter Nisson
Sr. Director of Legal Services

Attorney Peter Nisson is a 2nd generation attorney whose father was a very highly respected attorney who was the past President of the Orange County Bar Association, He graduated in the top of his class from USC, then graduated from Pepperdine Law School 2nd in his class. Peter Nisson has been practicing law since 1974, and was 24 years of age when he first became a lawyer.

Attorney Peter Nisson has represented and won many impressive Contract Litigation cases against several Fortune 500 Companies, including Flour Corporation, American Recording Company, and McDonald Douglass where he obtained large awards.

Most Attorneys don’t have the ability or the courage to take a Judges unfavorable verdict to the Court of Appeals; true Appellate Attorneys are very rare. Peter Nisson has successfully tried and won several cases in the Appellate Court, and has had a victory in the form of a very favorable settlement for his client in the Highest California Court, the California Supreme Court.

Attorney Nisson has gone up against many worth opponents that most Attorneys wouldn't’t have the courage, or lack the expertise, to do so. Attorney Peter Nisson has won cases against the City of Los Angeles, the City of Garden Grove, the City f Newport Beach, and the Orange County Board of Governors.

Ursula G Barrios, Esq

Ursula Barrios received her Bacherlor of Arts in International Relations with a Minor in Biology from the University of California at Irvine.

Mrs. Barrios has a Masters in Public Health (Health Administration) from Loma Linda University.

Mrs. Barrios earned her Juris Doctorate from Trinity Law School in 2007.

She was admitted to practice law in the summer of 2008 and began to volunteer as an attorney pro bono for The Orange County Public Law Center, helping dozens of less-privileged clients with their legal issues.

In 2008, Mrs. Barrios started her own law practice in Los Angeles. Her caring qualities and dedication to learning the law made her very popular among her clients from the outset. Her Los Angeles office grew exponentially and within one year, Ms. Barrios was attorney to close to 500 bankruptcy clients, a feat quite rare for most new attorneys with little experience. Ms. Barrios literally learned her profession while on the job and the courts, where she would frequent. Through much trial and very little error, Mrs. Barrios made sure the clients that hired her received what they expected and she did so with exceptional charm and competence.

In the fall of 2009, Mrs. Barrios branched out to Orange County and continued with the same success, helping each client with personal attention and a commitment to excellent legal representation. In the spring of 2010, her now husband, Attorney Guillermo Machado, joined the law firm and together they formed Barrios & Machado, LLP, offering aggressive representation in a variety of legal areas (with an emphasis in bankruptcy law).

Today, Mrs. Barrios' (Barrios & Machado) reputation with the bankruptcy courts of Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties is of the highest order. She is well-respected throughout the legal community and is regarded in the courts as an attorney of high legal standard and competency. It is this valuable experience that serves B&M's clients well.

As a staff attorney for a sitting Chapter 13 Trustee said or Mrs. Barrios: "Ursula Barrios has always impressed me with her integrity and the quality of her work. She always shows me she cares about her clients in the results she obtains for her clients."

Mrs Barrios is or has been a member of the following organizations:

WISH - Women in the House and Senate
RYM - Republican Youth Majority (former member)
CYR - California Young Republicans (former member)
REP - Republicans for Environmental Protection
Food on Foot (a charitable organization that delivers needed assistance to the homeless)

Mrs. Barrios takes an active role in government and has volunteered her time at the exit polls of the last three presidential elections.

In addition, Mrs. Barrios has volunteered for:

Loma Linda Veterans Hospital - Ensuring veterans were receiving proper benefits if they were victims of agent orange.

International Trade Adminstration under Kristin Houston, Senior Trade Specialist. Mrs. Barrios was in charge of new product marketing for international clients.

Mrs Barrios currently volunteers her free time to the VITA project where she prepares free tax returns for low income candidates.

Mrs. Barrios has been selected to intern from more than 1,000 candidates throughout the years, but time and her busy law practice has not permitted her to engage in such commitments.

Mrs. Barrios is a member of Orange County Bar Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and Public Defenders of California.

Mrs. Barrios is a member of good standing with the State Bar of California. She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the State of California and all District Courts in the Central District.

Mrs. Barrios is licensed to file through ECF.


"It will always be our top priority to see that all your questions and concerns are fully answered. We pride ourselves on the focused attention Mr. Machado and I deliver to each and every one of our clients. At many firms you see a nonattorney spokesperson for your first consultation and after that you are designated to a paralegal or other assistant (only to per chance see an attorney at your court hearing). At Barrios & Machado the attorneys you see are the attorneys you stay with throughout the entire process. The same attorneys that will answer your phone calls, emails, faxes, and go to court with you with few to no exceptions. It is very important to us that you can confide in your attorneys and feel cared for in these difficult times. You will not simply be pushed through the legal bureaucracy of a large law firm. At Barrios & Machado, we do not take more clients than we can handle, and it is because of this that we are able to walk through the process with you."

Anthony Paul Cara
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