My firm is dedicated to helping people in financial distress. I take pride in allowing my clients to keep their dignity and self-respect during tough economic situations. We give personal service to all of our clients. At my firm, all clients meet with an attorney, not a paralegal.
I have been at the same location since 1992 and I have been practicing bankruptcy law since then. I have filed thousands of cases in my career as a lifelong Columbus, Ohio, resident.
At trial, I influenced the way that bankruptcy is practiced under the new law. I influenced the way the new government mandated "means test" was calculated. Specifically, the issue was commonly referred to as "the surrender issue." The government was arguing that if a house or car was being surrendered, the monthly payments for those debts should not be included in the calculation. This would have caused almost all cases with surrendered property to be Chapter 13 reorganizations instead of Chapter 7 liquidation, and a fresh start. It was a case of first impression in this Jurisdiction. The Court ruled in my favor by allowing those deductions, hence paving the way for a fresh start under Chapter 7 (In re Graham, Judge Preston, March of 2007).
I am one of very few attorneys to take on the government and win. I did not charge my clients anything for the trial because taking it to trial was only the right thing to do.
In cases I've handled, I've dealt with motions by the government to force my clients into repayment plan Chapter 13, instead of a fresh start Chapter 7, which is what they were seeking. The government was never successful in forcing any of my clients to convert their case from a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 13. I stand up to the government based on my work and analysis.
Yes. I offer free consultation with no time limits. I will explain and analyze the case until my clients understand.
For a consumer Chapter 7, the range is from $750 to $1,500.
For small businesses, the range is from $1,000 to $5,000. These are flat fees for all work. I don't nickel and dime my clients. The fee quoted is the fee paid with no hidden fees. Some attorneys charge for reaffirmation agreements in a Chapter 7. My fee is for the whole case not just parts.
$200 per hour for post confirmation Chapter 13 work.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
I believe that our economic system is broken and that the banks and credit cards are prompting people to amass excessive debt. I am trying to break this cycle by educating and counseling my clients about whether they should file for bankruptcy or not.
I have links within my website to help people get a snapshot of the bankruptcy
process. Because it is so complex, I always give free consultations in person.
This is not applicable to my practice.
I believe that with bankruptcy, it is almost impossible for people to represent themselves. The details to file are very complex and time sensitive.
Being a product of Columbus City Schools has influenced how I relate to my clients.
I was raised on the eastside of Columbus and relate well to a diverse spectrum of the
population. Having worked in low income neighborhoods for a nonprofit organization, I truly have a feeling for what the people having tough economic problems feel and what they need.
I am a straight shooter. I will never paint a rose only to have it wilt. My honesty in business dealings is my strength. My clients may not always like the analysis of their case, but appreciate my honesty. I meet face-to-face with all of my clients.Personal interests:
I have been doing triathlons since the mid-1980s. I like to cycle, swim and have been boxing for 25 years. I have two teenage boys and coached soccer when they were younger. I still enjoy watching their high school soccer games. I am also an avid Ohio State sports fan.
Undergraduate at Ohio State University, with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science.
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