Kopelman & Kopelman (Chargeback Profile)

Kopelman & Kopelman (Chargeback Profile)

Firm Overview

We are a husband-wife team, Kopelman & Kopelman, LLP formed on January 1st, 1996, the same year we were married.

We handle all types of insolvency matters:
Out of court workouts with creditor assignments for benefit of creditors and Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies.

Example cases

We handle all types of insolvency cases for debtors and creditors alike. I have successfully litigated several major Chapter 11 cases for debtors, major banking institutions and various municipalities. The following cases that I have handles have been officially reported and published as follows:

1. In re Kleinsleep Prods., Inc. 78 F 3d 18, 2nd Cir. 1996, reversing 173 B.R. 296, S.D.N.Y. 1994. Status of landlord's claim after rejection of assumed lease in Chapter 11 case.
2. Pico v. State, 116 N.J. 55, 1989, reversing 224 N.J. Super 446, App. Div. 1998. Whether the weather immunity under New Jersey State Tort Claims Act bars a claim of gross negligence.
3. Ananko v. Harsanyi, 91 B.R. 231, D.N.J., 1988. Whether a foreclosure sale can be a "fraudulent conveyance" under the bankruptcy code.
4. Kohn v. Hursa, 87 B.R. 313, Banker. D.N.J., 1988. Abstention of bankruptcy case pending outcome of state court divorce proceedings.
5. Brown v. Szakal, 212 N.J. Super. 136, Ch. Div. 1986. The rights of custodial parents to direct religious upbringing of a child.

Main Office

55 Main St.

Hackensack NJ 07601


(201) 489-5500

(212) 629-0733




Free Initial Consultation?

Our initial consultation fee is $350.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our fees are set at the first conference and depend on the complexity of the matter. Although these fees vary, in general, the price for an individual Chapter 7 case is $2,500 and for a Chapter 13 $3,500.

Hourly Rates

On average, our hourly rates are $350, but this varies according to the complexity of the case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Late night appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Office Manager

Euni Son

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

Hebrew and Korean.

Other Offices

1 Penn Plaza
New York

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

In my second year of law school, I approached one of my professors for a summer job at her firm and I was hired as the firm's first summer intern. The firm turned out to specialize in insolvency matters. I was mentored by Harold Okin, Esq., the Dean of bankruptcy lawyers in New Jersey at the time.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

A client educating themselves is a big plus, and I unequivocally recommend Nolo publications.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We review all client prepared documents that are relevant to their representation.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I am not willing to coach clients because then the presentation of the case, which is vitally important, is out of our control.

Michael Kopelman

Kopelman & Kopelman (Chargeback Profile)

1972-1973: Law Clerk to Honor Leon Leonard, Presiding Judge to the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.
1973-1979: Associate with Okin, Pressler & Shapiro

The experience of playing hockey to win coupled with attending semi-annual NACBA conventions helped make me a better lawyer. I also attended Max Gardener's Bankruptcy Boot Camp, which gave me additional experience in this field.

My strengths are analyzing clients' situations and planning an overall strategy to assist them to overcome their problems as quickly and practically as possible.

Personal interests:

I am an avid skier and love to play both hockey and tennis. I am a Trustee of the Congregation of B'nai Israel in Fleischmanns, NY.


Bar Number: 6104
New Jersey, 1972


Rutgers Law School
Juris Doctor, 1972

Queens College
B.A., 1968

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