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Kevin W. Chern

Kevin W. Chern

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt, Litigation

About Me

Mr. Chern is the Managing Partner of UpRight Law.  He has practiced exclusively in the area of consumer protection law for over 20 years. As a Managing Partner of two of the country’s premier consumer bankruptcy law firms, under Mr. Chern’s direction, his firm’s have represented over 75,000 consumers and discharged over a billion dollars in debt.  He has been described by his peers as, “Very thorough, diligent and knowledgeable,”  and hundreds have endorsed him for his excellence, in bankruptcy, consumer protection, and law firm management.  Mr. Chern has written dozens of articles for practice management periodicals and State Bar Journals and has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars for lawyers.  He is considered to be at the forefront of innovation in the delivery of legal services.  He believes that he has an obligation to use his understanding of technology to increase access to legal services to those who otherwise might not be able use the services of an attorney or would simply prefer to interact with their attorney via digital means.


 


In the past, Mr. Chern  has been the creator and administrator of numerous nationwide legal marketing businesses, a  marketing, technology, business development and law firm management consultant to 1100+ law firms nationwide, architect of five comprehensive law office CRMs and dozens of legal websites, and a notable expert in law practice development having created practices in bankruptcy, consumer protection litigation, bankruptcy litigation, class action litigation, lemon law, personal injury, workers compensation and DUI defense.


 


Chern believes one of his greatest achievements is his track record of building successful law firms and businesses that provide employees with stimulating and energizing work environments. By promoting a strong culture among employees and implementing excellent internal processes, Mr. Chern, along with the rest of the Firm’s management team, has a created a world class organization that delivers the highest level of legal services to clients in the new virtual economy.


 


Mr. Chern resides in Chicago, IL and is a proud father of a two children.  He is an avid Cubs and Blackhawks fan.  He also loves live music, especially jazz and spends his free time making the most of the city.


 


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 95%
    22 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 5%
    11 years, 200 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-400/hour), Contingent (50%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Christopher Michael Soppe

    I endorse this lawyer. Kevin is knowledgeable and has a strong understanding of bankruptcy law.

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    Christopher Soppe Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Leibowitz

    Kevin Chern is one of the most experienced consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the United States. Through his firm, Upright Law, he is at the forefront of providing access to justice to all. His firm, Upright Law, allows anyone, anyplace with internet access, to work directly with their attorney from the privacy of their living room. Upright Law provides innovative, efficient and comprehensive legal services for debt relief including consumer rights litigation nationwide. Kevin Chern's vision has already assisted thousands and will result in excellent representation for many thousands more in the years to come.

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    David Leibowitz Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

UpRight Law LLC

79 W. Monroe Street
Fifth Floor
Chicago, IL, 60603

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199308/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Fastcase 50Fastcase2011
#2 on Fast 50Crain's Chicago Business2009
InducteeEntrepreneurship Hall of Fame2009
#169 on Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private CompaniesInc. Magazine2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing ParnterUpRight Law LLC2013 - Present
Vice-President, TechnologyNational Consumer Bankruptcy Litigation Center2006 - 2008
PresidentTotal Attorneys, Inc.2005 - 2013
Managing PartnerLegal Helpers, PC1997 - 2005

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Zelotes v. RousseauVerdict in favor of Respondent

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
NACBA Consumer Bankruptcy JournalThe Behavior Selection Business2015
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsChange is Good - When It's Strategic2011
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsAttracting Window Shoppers to Your Virtual Law Firm2011
Aba GP Solo Law Trends & NewsRedefining Work Life Balance2011
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsAre you the Architect of Your Firm's Culture?2010
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsConverting Prospects Into Clients2010
ABA GP Solo Legal Trends & NewsUnbundling Legal Services: What Are They, Who Are They for, and How Do I Get Started?2010
ABA GP Solo Legal Trends & NewsDeveloping Your Law Firm’s Culture: A Key to Success in Today’s Legal Market2010
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsTechnology-Enabled Services: the Next Generation of SaaS2009
ABA GP Solo Law Trends & NewsSeven Questions You Must Ask When Choosing an LPO Provider2009
ABI JournalLegal Process Outsourcing Makes Sense for Busy Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys2009

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Illinois, Champaign-UrbanaPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceRinse, Wash & Repeat: How to Avoid Re-documenting Files2015
Mid-Year ConferenceHow to Grow Your Practice and Avoid Malpractice Using Technology2013
Total Expert RadioBilling 1012011
Total Expert RadioLaw Firm Billing Alternatives2011
Total Expert RadioGoing Green This Spring2011
Total Expert RadioFixed Fee Pricing for Complex Legal Matters2011
Total Expert RadioMust Have iPad and Tablet Apps for Attorneys2011
Total Expert RadioLegal Technology Roundtable Discussion2011
Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual ConferenceQuick Tips on How to Grow Your Practice, Manage Your Office, Serve Your Clients and Still Have a Life2011
ABA Tech Show Ignite LawStrategic Planning for Your Law Firm and Your Life2011
Total Expert RadioAutomating Client Communications2010
Total Expert RadioEthics Jeopardy2010
Total Expert RadioPR Strategies on a Shoe String Budget2010
Total Expert RadioInsights on Outsourcing: Using Virtual Workers to Cut Overhead at Law Firms2010
Total Expert RadioTips for Success in Law and Life2010
Total Expert RadioBuilding the Pipeline: Lead Generation and Marketing for Lawyers2010
Total Expert RadioEthics, Virtual Workers, and Your Law Practice2010
Total Expert RadioSetting Up and Managing Your IOLTA Client Property Trust Account2010
Total Expert RadioSecurity in Cloud Computing2010
Total Expert RadioLaw Firm Staffing Alternatives: Contract Lawyers2010
Total Expert RadioOut of Office Management Tips2010
ABA Tech Show Ignite LawThe New Ethics of Legal Marketing2010
Total Expert RadioDifferentiating Your Law Firm Through Marketing2009
Total Expert RadioEffective Blogging and Social Media2009
Total Expert RadioBuilding a Seven-Figure Law Practice2009
Total Expert RadioRecruiting and Selecting Talented People2009
Total Expert RadioCreating a Business Development Action Plan2009
Total Expert RadioThe Art of Closing2009
Total Expert RadioCreating Your Own Strategic Plan2009
Total Expert RadioAttorney Websites2009
Get a LifeWhat to Consider When Opening Additional Offices2009
Get a LifeCreate Your Own Strategic Plan2009
Get a LifeThe Art of Closing2009
ABA GP Solo Mid Year ConferenceFees, Finance and Frugality2009
Max Gardner Bankruptcy BootcampLaw Practice Management2008