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William Joseph Balena

William Joseph Balena

also known as Bill Balena, William Balena

Practice areas:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, DUI & DWI

About Me

I can assist you with problems you are having with Student Loans if you live in Ohio. This applies to both Federal and private loans. Not being able to pay them is a problem.  Call me right away to learn your options to get back on track.

I am a Ceveland and Lorain County bankruptcy attorney who handles both chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases for consumers just like you.  I have been doing so since 1997. I also have many clients from Cleveland's suburbs.  Bankruptcy can stop garnishment and foreclosure.

 I am also a talented and capable DUI, DWI, OVI, and speeding ticket attorney.  It is very hard to pick the right attorney.  Success in these cases is having the respect of the police and the court personnel.  I know them, and they know me. 

I invite you to give me a call, toll free, at 888-633-5426.


Languages Spoken: English, German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 25%
    19 years, 400 cases
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 25%
    19 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  3. Consumer Protection: 20%
    5 years, 300 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
    35 years, 2 thousand cases
  5. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 15%
    35 years, 900 cases



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

25 total 

  • Alan William Anderson

    I endorse this attorney. I have known him for over 30 years as a respected and knowledgeable member of the legal community.


    Alan Anderson Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John M O'Brien

    I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community.


    John O'Brien Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Balena Law Firm, LLC

30400 Detroit Road
Suite 106
Westlake, OH, 44145




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Past President AwardLorain County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyBalena law Firm1995 - Present
PartnerPetroff & Balena1989 - 1995
Managing AttorneySolo Practice1985 - 1989
AssociateWest, West, Sherman and Petroff1983 - 1985
Prosecuting AttorneyCity Of Elyria1981 - 1983


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Lorain County Bar Association, Bankruptcy SectionSection Leader2014 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association, Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Lorain County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Lorain County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident1991 - 1992
Cuyahoga County Bar AssociationChairman Young Lawyer Section1979 - 1980


Publication NameTitleDate
Legal Times of the Lorain County Bar Assn.Own Your Name In The Online World2012
Legal Times of the Lorain County Bar AssociationUntether With Dropbox2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Student Loan WorkshopStudent Loan Resolutioncertificate2015
Ohio State Highway PatrolAccident InvestigationCertificate1983
Northwestern University School of LawAdvanced Trial SkillsShort Course for Prosecuting Attorneys1981
Case Western Reserve University School of LawCenter for Criminal JusticeCriminal Procedure for Prosecutors1981
Cuyahoga County Bar AssnTrial PracticeCivil Trial Advocacy Institute1981
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawCommercial and Tax LawJuris Doctor1978
Pennsylvania State UniversityPre-Law and EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1975

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Intersection of Bankruptcy and /divorceBankruptcy and Divorce2014
Top 9 Complications in BankruptcyMeans Test Complications2013
What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Foreclosure LawForeclosure and Cleveland Chapter 13 Bankruptcy2010
Criminal Law Update2009 OVI Law Changes2009