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Melanie Donna Pennycuff

Melanie Donna Pennycuff

Practice areas:

Bankruptcy & Debt

About Me

Admitted to practice in the State Courts of Illinois and Indiana as well as the Federal Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and both the Northern and Southern District of Indiana.  Also admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


The focus of my practice is to assist consumers with obtaining relief under the various chapters of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which I find incredibly rewarding.  We are a small firm and I have the luxury of spending a lot of quality time with my clients to help them feel more comfortable while they may be going through an unpleasant period of time in their lives. My firm takes great pride in providing individual, personal service to all of our clients.


I also accept a variety of other types of cases and very much enjoy Appellate Practice.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 100%
    16 years



Hourly ($250-325/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

18 total 

  • William Hilton Ridings Jr

    I endorse this lawyer.


    William Ridings Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Raymond Schimmel

    I endorse this lawyer. Melanie is smart and sharp. I have discussed legal issues on a regular basis with Melanie and found his level of expertise as extraordinary. Melanie is a top bankruptcy lawyer and a true client advocate


    Raymond Schimmel Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Kreisler Law, PC

2846A North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201108/17/2015
INActive In Good Standing199908/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Member of the MonthNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Bankruptcy AssociateKreisler Law, P.C.2003 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of Bruce Clark2001 - 2002
AssociateLux and Associates1999 - 2001


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2006 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Obrycka v. City of Chicago et al.Case pending but client dismissed from the proceedings with prejudice.
Garlin Mortgage Corporation v. Estates of Erenberg et alMy client prevailed at the 7th Circuit after the bankruptcy court and the district court ruled against my client and we appealed to the 7th Circuit.

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Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarBankruptcy Filing Procedures2012
National Business Institute SeminarIntroduction to Consumer Bankruptcy2011
National Business Institute SeminarThe Initial Client Interview: Is it More Than Meets the Eye?2011


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana School of Law - IndianapolisN/AJD1999
Franklin CollegePsychologyBS1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy: Line By Line WorkshopBankruptcy Filing Procedures2012
Consumer Bankruptcy From Start to FinishIntroduction to Consumer Bankruptcy2011
Consumer Bankruptcy 101Consumer Bankruptcy2010