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Ronald C. Sykstus

also known as Ron Sykstus

About Me

Ron Sykstus is the managing partner of Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama, and Decatur, Alabama. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Ron received his education from the University of Arizona and the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ron served a four-year tour of active duty with the United States Army Judge Advocates General’s Corps. As a JAG, he initially served as a prosecutor for 11th ADA Brigade and 3rd Armored Calvary Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was subsequently stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama, as the senior defense counsel with the U.S. Army’s Trial Defense Service. There, he supervised an office of attorneys that handled all of the courts-martial and security clearance defense at both Fort McClellan, Alabama, and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Ron received two Meritorious Service medals for his military service. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Ron joined the Bond and Botes team of lawyers and has been there ever since.


For the past 20 years, Ron Sykstus has practiced exclusively in the following areas of law: consumer bankruptcy; consumer law, including Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) cases and civil lawsuit defense; Security Clearance Revocation Defense; VA Disability claims, and Social Security law. Ron is admitted to practice law in Alabama, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, U.S. Army Court of Military Review, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He is also board certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. Ron has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed as an Alabama Super Lawyer by Thomson/Reuters publishers, and he has a 10.0 superb rating from Avvo. In addition to being the author of Bankruptcy – We Wrote the Book on It, Ron is also a co-author of Navigating Legal Issues for Military Veterans: Leading Lawyers on Arguing Disability, Pension, and Other Claims Before the VA (Inside the Minds).











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Practice Areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    23 years
  2. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 15%
    23 years
  3. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 15%
    23 years
  4. Credit Repair: 15%
    9 years
  5. Other: 35%
  6. More 



Hourly ($350-375/hour), Contingent (40-50%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Oliver Max Gardner III

    I have worked with Ron and his law firm on a number of bankruptcy and consumer rights cases. Ron is one of the best consumer protection lawyers in the Southeastern United States and I would give him the highest recommendation.


    Oliver Gardner Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • John Allen Brinkley

    I endorse this lawyer. Ron Sykstus is an outstanding advocate. He is the consummate lawyer, respected by all. He is probably the most knowledgeable lawyer in this metropolitan area (at least this side of the Tennessee River) regarding protecting the rights of consumers and those whose credit and lives have been ruined by banks and other creditors. I whole heartily recommend him.


    John Brinkley
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C.

225 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, AL, 35801

605 Bank Street
Decatur, AL, 35601

Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Hatcher & Tanner, P.C.

102 S. Court Street
Florence, AL, 35630

Bond, Botes & Handy, P.C.

221 S. 4th Street
Gadsden, AL, 35901



ALAuthorized to practice law199009/11/2015
DCActive 198905/24/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198808/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Selected as an Alabama Super LawyerThomson Reuters and the publishers of Business Alabama2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Selected as an Alabama Super LawyerThomson Reuters and the publishers of Business Alabama2014
Selected as an Alabama Super LawyerThomson Reuters and the publishers of Business Alabama2013
NOVA Recognition for Homeless Veteran's Pro Bono SuccessNOVA / Public Counsel's Center for Veterans Advancement Homeless Veterans Pro Bono Program2012
Recognition Award for Pro Bono serviceMadison County Volunteer Lawyers Program2011
Consumer Law Firm of the YearMadison County Volunteer Lawyers Program2011
VA Accredited AttorneyDepartment of Veterans' Affairs2009
Selected as an Alabama Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media and Business Alabama2009
Selected as an Alabama Super LawyerLaw & Politics Media and Business Alabama2008
Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Certification1999
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)President of the United States of America1992
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)President of the United States of America1991
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & Ezzell, P.C.1992 - Present
Military Prosecutor and Military Defense CounselU.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps1988 - 1992
Association NamePosition NameDuration
NMS - Society of Industrial Security ProfessionalsMember2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesN/A2007 - Present
National Association of Veterans AdvocatesN/A2005 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesN/A2004 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans ClaimsAdmitted to Practice2004 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysN/A1992 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesAdmitted to Practice1988 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bankruptcy casesN/A
FDCPA casesN/A
FCRA casesN/A
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Dog Ear Publishing - available from Amazon and Barnes and NobleBanktuptcy - We Wrote the Book on It2015 blog - February 17, 2014Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) - What can I do if a debt collector or creditor is taking money from my bank account?2014 blog - March 3, 2014Can you be taxed on forgiveness of debt of for debts discharged in bankruptcy of for a deficiency balance on your mortgage and what should you do if you received a 1099 issued to the IRS for debt?2014 blog - March 24, 2014Security Clearance Restrictions Announced by Department of Defense (DOD)2014 blog - January 31, 2014How can you improve your credit after filing for bankruptcy?2014 blog - May 27, 2013How should I go about surrendering my house in bankruptcy?2013 blog - March 18, 2013Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)2013 blog - March 4, 2013How long can I stay in my house if I am giving it up in bankruptcy?2013
Thomson Reuters and Aspatore Book publicationNavigating Legal Issues for Military Veterans - Leading Lawyers on Arguing Disability, Pension, and Other Claims Before the VA - co-author2013 blog - October 17, 2013How can I stop telemarketing or solicitation calls to my home or cell phone?2013 blog - April 30, 2013BP Oil Spill Settlement Claims - latest update - April 30, 20132013 blog - May 13, 2013Judgments and Judicial Liens in the State of Alabama2013 blog - September 2, 2013Can I be held responsible for another person's debts?2013 blog - August 5, 2013What can I do if I am being sued by a debt collector?2013 blog - January 24, 2013How can I find out the status of my government student loans?2013 blog - April 15, 2013Can I stop a Debt Collector from harassing me?2013 blog - June 10, 2013Can I transfer or give away my property before filing for bankruptcy?2013 blog - September 18, 2013VA - Why does it take so long for my VA disability claim to get processed?2013 blog - August 19, 2013Equifax Ordered by Jury to Pay $18.6 million After Failing to Fix Oregon Woman's Credit Report2013 blog - January 7, 2013How can I dispute incorrect or erroneous information on my credit report?2013 blog - November 1, 2013Credit Report Disputes - Furnishers of Information Must Investigate!2013 blog - April 1, 2013What can I do if my Security Clearance is being revoked?2013 blog - February 4, 2013BP Oil Spill Settlement Cases2013 blog - June 24, 2013Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA)2013 blog - February 11, 2013Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act2013 blog - November 7, 2012What are the VA deadline dates if I am trying to get my VA disability?2012 blog - August 27, 2012How will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect my Security Clearance?2012 blog - December 10, 2012Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)2012 blog - December 3, 2012Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)2012 blog - December 24, 2012How can I get my free credit reports?2012 blog - October 15, 2012What to do if VA Disability is denied by the VA?2012 blog - August 6, 2012Security Clearance Resources2012 blog - July 16, 2012Filling Out the Form for a Government Security Clearance2012 blog - September 17, 2012How does a Veteran file an Original VA Disability Claim with the VA?2012
2014Security Clearance HelpN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of ArizonaPsychology and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
NCMS - Society of Industrial Security ProfessionalsDefending Against Security Clearance Revocations and Denials2015
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys WebinarWhen Bankruptcy and Security Clearances Collide2015
Bradford Health ServicesDefending Against Security Clearance Revocations2015
University of Alabama School of Law - Tuscaloosa, AlabamaThe Practice of Consumer Law2014
Home Ownership and Fair Housing SeminarCredit Report Issues under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)2013
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program Consumer Law SymposiumConsumer Law - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act cases2012
Military Law Symposium - Huntsville-Madison County BarVA Disability Claims for Veterans2011
NAACP/Huntsville Home Ownership and Foreclosure Prevention WorkshopBankruptcy Process and Foreclosure Prevention2010
People's Law SchoolDefending against Security Clearance Revocations2009
NAACP/Huntsville Home Ownership and Foreclsoure Prevention WorkshopBankruptcy Process and Foreclosure Prevention2009
People's Law SchoolBankruptcy and Consumer Law2008
NASHRM Security Clearance Experts SymposiumWhat to do when a Security Clearance doesn't go through or is revoked?2007
Bankruptcy Law Update: Keeping Your Client AfloatAlabama Landlord/Tenant Act2007

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