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Elizabeth regularly works with clients on issues related to Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings and matrimonial and family matters, including divorce, custody and support. Additionally, she represents clients in their tax debt relief matters, including unfiled taxes, innocent spouse relief, and the preparation and submission of offers in compromise to the IRS and New York State. She also handles consumer credit matters, foreclosure defense, entertainment law, nursing home abuse, and civil litigation.

Elizabeth is a former tax accountant and received her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. Her law practice is conveniently located in Saratoga Springs and she provides legal representation to clients throughout the Capital Region.

Before earning her Juris Doctorate, Elizabeth graduated summa cum laude from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. She previously served as a bankruptcy petition examiner for the Department of Justice

Elizabeth also served on the advisory committee for the International Nanocating Alliance and was the Chief Financial Officer and Legal Counsel for the Society for New Communications Research and Chair of the Society’s New Communications Law committee.

Elizabeth is the past recipient of the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association Justin Mahoney Memorial Prize, the American Bankruptcy Institute and Albany Law School Merit of Excellence, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Award for Superior Scholarship in Accounting Studies, the State Farm Outstanding Student Fellowship and was named a Guistwhite Scholar. In 2003, she was selected for the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program.

She is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.

Elizabeth is admitted to practice in New York State, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the United States Tax Court.

Elizabeth released one album under her former band Drezdon Blacque, where she was billed as Lisa Fairbanks, and acted as the group’s primary songwriter, keyboardist and singer. Her most recent group was the blues outfit Bourbon Renewal. She has been married to her husband, guitarist George Fletcher for 22 years. Together they have one son, Max, born in 2010.


  • Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association Justin Mahoney Memorial Prize

  • Medal of Excellence – American Bankruptcy Institute and Albany Law School

  • Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, Washington, DC

  • NYS Society of CPAs Award for Superior Scholarship in Accounting Studies

  • State Farm Outstanding Student Fellowship

  • Marist College Scholarship for Academic Excellence

  • Marist College General Excellence Award

  • Guistwhite Scholar of Phi Theta Kappa

  • All-New York State, First Academic Team, Phi Theta Kappa

  • Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Sciences: Economics

  • Dutchess United Educators Award for Academic Excellence

  • Rochel Stein Scholarship

  • Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship

  • Joseph Y. Resnick Transfer Scholarship

  • Academic award for graduate with highest GPA (4.0) in the Business and Technologies Department

  • George N. Freedman Scholarship for Outstanding Business Student

  • Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) Exploring Transfer program selection

  • Nominated for the All-USA Academic Team for Community and Junior Colleges

  • Éclat Marketing Award for Best Radio Spot (Short Form) (nomination)

Non-Profit Alliances

  • Founding Fellow, Society for New Communications Research, Palo Alto, CA

  • Prior Board of Director member, Chief Financial Officer and Legal Counsel, Society for New Communications Research, Palo Alto, CA

  • Prior New Communications Law committee head, Society for New Communications Research

  • Advisory Board Member, International Nanocasting Alliance


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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 25%
  2. Bankruptcy: 25%
  3. Tax: 25%
  4. Divorce: 25%



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  • Susan Jo Civic

    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Lisa and can attest to the fact that she is a very knowledgeable, competent attorney. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a bankruptcy or debt relief attorney.


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Fairbanks Fletcher Law PLLC

26F Congress St.
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Justin Mahoney Memorial PrizeCapital Region Bankruptcy Bar AssociationN/A
George N. Freedman ScholarshipDutchess Community CollegeN/A
Academic Award - top of classDutchess Community CollegeN/A
Joseph Y. Resnick Transfer ScholarshipDutchess Community CollegeN/A
Alumni Association ScholarshipDutchess Community CollegeN/A
Rochel Stein ScholarshipDutchess Community CollegeN/A
DUE Award for Academic ExcellenceDutchess United EducatorsN/A
Outstanding Achievement in Social Sciences - EconomicsDutchess Community CollegeN/A
All-New York State, First Academic TeamPhi Theta KappaN/A
Guistwhite ScholarPhi Theta KappaN/A
General Excellence Award (Valedictorian, transfer)Marist CollegeN/A
Outstanding Student FellowshipState Farm InsuranceN/A
Superior Scholarship in AccountingNYS Society of CPAsN/A
Attorney General's Honors ProgramUnited States Department of JusticeN/A
Medal of ExcellenceAmerican Bankruptcy InstituteN/A
All-USA Academic TeamPhi Theta KappaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Public DefenderOffice Of The Public Defender - Saratoga County2008 - Present
Assigned CounselOffice Of The Public Defender - Washington County2008 - Present
CFO/Legal CounselSociety for New Communications Research2005 - Present
AttorneyFairbanks Fletcher Law, PLLC2005 - Present
Law ClerkUs Dept Of Justice2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Society for New Communications ResearchBoard of Directors, CFO/Legal Counsel, Founding Fellow2005 - Present
International Nanocasting AllianceAdvisory Board Member2005 - Present
US District Court, Northern District of New YorkAdmitted to Practice2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
E.S. and R.S. v. S.D. et alMy client, landowner "A," prevails. There is no easement to be removed. Motion to reargue denied. Appeal withdrawn.
E.R. v. D.R.Parties settled on day of trial - primary physical custody to my client with parenting time to mom.
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Publication nameTitleDate
SNCR Blog"Facebook login demands can place employers at legal risk to non-hired applicants"2012"Facebook login demands can place employers at legal risk to non-hired applicants"2012
The Examiner"Eligibility to File Bankruptcy vs. Ability to Obtain Discharge"2012
Westlaw: Small Law Firms Blog"Debt settlement vs. Bankruptcy: When forgiven debt is taxable income"2012
Marist College - research team member"An International Investigation of Depreciation Expense and Other Accruals as Predictors of Future Cash Flows"N/A
New Communications Review/Blawgzine“Corporate Blogging and the Law: Common Sense and Plain-English Policies Help Employees Avoid Being ‘Dooced’”N/A
Cited in "Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review"“Corporate Blogging and the Law: Common Sense and Plain-English Policies Help Employees Avoid Being ‘Dooced.’”N/A
New Communications Review“World Summit Hypes Governance Change But Ends Up Keeping Status Quo”N/A
New Communications Review“Impending Cell Phone Directory Spurs E-Mail Hoax and Anxious Consumers”N/A
New Communications Review"Lesson Learned? The Similarities Between Shona Seifert’s Court-Ordered Ethics Code and the AFA’s 'Code of Ethics'"N/A
New Communications Review"PodSafe Music Network Offers Royalty-Free Content; Cruisebox Creates Podcasting Anthem"N/A
New Communications Review“Woodward Released, Miller Incarcerated But Could a Watergate Be Investigated by Journalists Today?”N/A
New Communications Review“’Bloggers’ Legal Guide’ Aims To Help Bloggers Understand, Defend Their Rights”N/A
New Communications Review“For Your Consideration: Lawyer Sells Services on eBay”N/A
New Communications Review“Brand Hijacking and Identity Theft: Don’t Get Hooked by Phishing”N/A
New Communications Review“Ninth Circuit: Non-commercial ‘Gripe Site’ Does Not Violate U.S. Trademark Law”N/A
New Communications Review“Classifying New Technology - Your Opinion on Podcasts”N/A
MyRing - The Non-Profit Toolkit“Donations For Terrorism: United States Calls for Increased Transparency and Oversight of Non-profit Organizations in the Wake of the Sept. 11th Attacks”N/A
Discovering Arts & Culture, Grade 6 Learner’s Book“Ladysmith Black Mambazo"N/A
The Accounting World“MNCs Seek to Abandon IAS for US GAAP”N/A
Rhythm & News Magazine“Jakob Dylan Forges His Own Musical Identity”N/A
Hudson Valley Now Magazine“Silence is Deadly: An Examination of the Connection Between Transient Migrant Workers and the Spread of AIDS in the Hudson Valley”N/A
Rhythm & News Magazine“Long Live the King: An Interview with B.B. King”N/A
The Examiner"Motion to dismiss from the Chapter 13 trustee? It's not the end of the world"N/A
The Examiner"Report: Medical bills underlying cause of most bankruptcies"N/A
The Examiner"Business Bankruptcy Filings Roundup for the week ending June 13, 2009 - New York and Beyond"N/A
The Examiner"Five Myths of Bankruptcy"N/A
The ExaminerStudents loans *may* be discharged in Chapter 13N/A
The Examiner"Don’t Overlook Periodic Expenses When Preparing for a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy"N/A
The Examiner"Tax debt relief through bankruptcy discharge"N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityTop 27% of class, Dean's ListJD - Juris Doctor with Tax Concentration2004
Dutchess Community CollegeBusinessAS, Top Honors (#1 in class rank)2001
Marist CollegeAccounting, #1 in class rank (transfer)BS - Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Research Symposium and Awards Gala"Podcasting and the Law 101"N/A
Podcast"Blawgzine" - Legal discussionN/A
New Communications Forum"Blogging, the First Amendment and the Law: An Uneasy Cohabitation"N/A
New Communications Forum“Critical Impartiality: The Importance of Net Neutrality to Internet Freedom”N/A