Needleman Law Office

Needleman Law Office

Learn your financial distress solutions in a 15 minute phone or video chat with Scott Needleman, The Columbus Bankruptcy Lawyer Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcy, Debt Relief, and Student Loan Debt Attorney

Firm Overview

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. Example cases - 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.
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Main Office

5300 E Main St.
Suite 109
Columbus, OH 43213


(614) 575-1188


(614) 575-1187


Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. I offer free consultations

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

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.

Hourly Rates

$200 per hour for post confirmation Chapter 13 work.

Office Information

Office Hours

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.

Office Manager

Juanita Ives.

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken



Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcies in Columbus and Central Ohio

The Needleman Law Office helps individuals, families, and small business owners to resolve financial and debt related issues. We help to guide our clients through the entire bankruptcy process with respect and dignity to achieve the best financial outcome.

When you work with our law firm, you will work directly with Attorney Scott Needleman, not a paralegal.

Debt Settlement

Filing bankruptcy is not always the best solution. Part of our debt relief process is to assist clients to determine if, and assist in achieving debt settlement with creditors including Credit Cards, Medical Providers, and Student Loans.

The Needleman Law Office is a debt settlement, bankruptcy, and student loan debt relief law firm in Columbus, Ohio. We help clients to resolve debt issues with credit card companies, medical providers, personal and auto loans, mortgage services, and student loan providers.

At our law office you will receive personal service and attention, while we handle your debt issues with the respect and dignity you deserve. Our clients work directly attorney Scott Needleman, not a paralegal.


Foreclosure Defense and Keeping Your Home

The Needleman Law Offices helps clients to save their financial future, including defending against foreclosure. Attorney Scott Needleman works with clients to determine the best path to prevent foreclosure, and to help you to keep your home.

At The Needleman Law Offices, you will work directly with Attorney Scott Needleman, Not a Paralegal

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

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.

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

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.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

This is not applicable to my practice.

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

I believe that with bankruptcy, it is almost impossible for people to represent themselves. The details to file are very complex and time sensitive.

Scott R. Needleman

Needleman Law Office

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.


Bar Number: Law License
Ohio, 1991

Bar Number: 0055533
Ohio, 1991


Capital University
Juris Doctor, 1991

Capital University Law School
Juris Doctor, 1991

The Ohio State University
B.A., 1986

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