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  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
  2. Military Law: 20%
  3. Criminal Defense: 20%
  4. Family: 10%



Contingent (25-33%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

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NYCurrently registered 200603/13/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Empire State Counsel (Second Award)New York State Bar Association2009
Freedom Team SaluteSecretary of the Army2008
Empire State CounselNew York State Bar Association2007
Army Achievement MedalUnited States Army2006
Excellence For the Future Award, Reorganization Under Chapter 11CALI2004
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
N/ALaw Offices of Edward W. Vopat2006 - Present
InstructorKaplan Test Prep2005 - 2009
Law intern to the Hon. William LaMarcaNew York State Supreme Court2002 - 2002
Adjunct ProfessorLong Island University - C.W. Post1999 - 2000
Senior Director of FinancePalladia, Inc. (formerly Project Return Foundation)1996 - 1998
Vice PresidentVenture Capital Fund of America1991 - 1996
Electronic Warfare / Voice Signals InterceptorUnited States Army & Army Reserve1984 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersMember2009 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Beta Gamma SigmaMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
McKinney Nursing Home v. Robert WallaceSuccessfully eliminated judgment against defendant
Burgess v. SikesRehearing en banc, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Kowalchyk v. United States of AmericaSuccessfully settled Veterans Admin. case
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Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of Bankruptcy Law & PracticeDomestic Support Obligations Under the Revised Bankruptcy Code2008
New York State Bar Association Real Property Law JournalRepresenting Clients During Divorce and Bankruptcy: How New York’s Domestic Relations Law Impacts Title to Property2003
Academy for International Business Conference ProceedingsA Comparative Analysis of the Initial Public Offerings of U.S. and Foreign Firms1994
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawBankruptcyLL.M - Master of Laws2007
St John's University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Fordham University Graduate School of BusinessFinanceMBA1992
Fordham UniversitySoviet StudiesB.A.1989
Defense Language InstituteRussianDiploma1986
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
30 minute Television Interview on "Is the World Serious"Veterans Benefits2008
Academy for International Business Northeast ConferenceA Comparative Analysis of the Initial Public Offerings of U.S. and Foreign Firms1994