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Richard N Gottlieb

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   61 reviews

also known as Law Offices of Richard N. Gottlieb

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 35 years
    Massachusetts - MA 37 years
    Colorado - CO 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    25%

    36 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    25%
    Representation of Debtors, Creditors and Creditors' Committees in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy matters, including case development and conduct and defense of adversary proceedings involving avoidance and recovery actions, objections and exceptions to discharge and other contested matters

    36 years, 500 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%
    Representation of Debtors and Creditors in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy matters, including case and Chapter 13 Plan development and conduct and defense of adversary proceedings and contested matters involving lien avoidance and recovery actions, objections to plan confirmation proceedings and other contested matters

    36 years, 750 cases

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%
    Representation of Debtors, Creditors and Trustees in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy matters, including case development and conduct and defense of adversary proceedings involving avoidance and recovery actions, objections and exceptions to discharge and other contested matters

    36 years, 1,200 cases

SPECIALIZING IN BANKRUPTCY AND RELATED LITIGATION

I've been a practicing attorney for more than 34 years now. I graduated from the New England School of Law in Boston with my Juris Doctor cum laude and went on to receive my Master of Laws and Letters in American banking Law Studies from Boston University School of Law.  I worked for the FDIC as thier primary bankruptcy counsel in the New England area for about 6-1/2  years from 1990 to 1996. In 1995 I received dual Board Certification from the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification (now the American Board of Certification) in both Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law as separate disciplines. I have been re-certified by the ABC in 2000, 2005 and 2010 since my original certification. I have operated my own boutique law practice since June of 1996 in the Metro-Boston Area representing, Debtors, Creditors and Trustees in Bankruptcy. I have also served as adjunct factulty in courses on Bankruptcy law at Bently University, New England School of Law and Northeastern University Law School, as well as giving seminars on bankruptcy law to Massachusetts District Court Judges and Massachusetts Probate and family Court Judges.

One of the nicest things that my colleagues and clients have repeatedly told me (and others) is that my approach to bankruptcy practice is very "creative" and that I am able to look at problems using a very much "outside the box" approach, so that even where a client has "dug themselves a hole", I am able to salvage their situation so as to protect their practical interests, not just their technical legal rights. I take great pride in coming up with practical solutions to difficult issues that push the envelope of what is possible, even using something as complex as the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Awards

Top Contributor 2022,2021,2017,2013
Top Contributor
2022 2021 2017 + 1 ...
Client's Choice 2020,2019,2018,2017,2016
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2020 2019 2018 + 2 ...

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
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Posted by Anthony | December 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Remarkable and Efficient Experience
Richard Gottlieb turned what is customarily a stressful and soul-searching experience into an incredibly pleasant and efficient procedure. His support was incalculable.
Posted by Jim F | September 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SUPER & AWESOME ATTORNEY
Richard N Gottlieb, It has been a pleasure working with you, I can’t express how much I appreciate your service you are an Awesome Lawyer!!! I grade you a huge A+ #1 Lawyer. Thank you for a new breath on life!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!
Posted by Kelli G | June 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney!
Attorney Richard Gottlieb was the only attorney that quickly called me back and gave me reassurance I was in good hands at a time when I felt all hope was lost. He took the time to really listen to all of the facts and walked me through the legal process so that I knew what to expect. I've never been involved in a legal case and I was at the point I was all out of options. Richard took on my case and I immediately felt a sense of relief. His warm and personable style gave me a sense of comfort throughout the process. He always ensured he kept me up to date every step of the way. No matter what time of day or day of the week, Richard made himself available. He really made me feel I was his only client. Never concerned about the time he took with me and kept my expectations in check. He did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend him!
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Posted by Brandon | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and full of knowledge!
Richard was a pleasure to work with. One of my closest friends recommended me to him and I am grateful he did. Richard tuened my nerve-wracking experience into a positive one. He answered all of my questions, no matter how silly, in a professional and timely manner. From start to finish he was an all-around go-getter and I am beyond satisfied with his services. I would highly recommend Richard Gottlieb to anyone looking to file for bankruptcy!
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Posted by Abdo | August 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond expected.
When I first meet with Mr. Gottlieb, I was kind of nervous because never been in situation like that. Mr. Gottlieb made me feel comfortable for my first visit till the end of the process. He is a good listener, excellent leader, trustworthy and very professional, I feel as part of my family and confident talking to him about my Chapt 7 case that I filled. Mr. Gottlieb gave me the right advise according to my case. Mr. Gottlieb took all his time to explain everything in detail to satisfied my needs and what to expect in order for me to make my own decision. He gave advise whenever needed; He was always responsive to any question that I had about my case in a timely manner. Mr. Gottlieb did amazing work to find the best outcome for my case. I advise anyone working with Mr. Gottlieb to be honest with him and do not hide any information about the case which will help faster the process and lead to a successful result and avoid any negative impact. Whatever I said about him it’s never enough to express my gratitude to Mr. Gottlieb, his professionalism and compassion. I highly recommend Mr. Gottlieb to anyone filling bankruptcy. The right man on the right Job :)
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Posted by Ryan G Bonney | June 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal
I first met with Mr.Gottlieb back in February 2022. Attorney Gottlieb explained everything clearly as far as what was going to happen what needed to happen and everything in between. After my initial consultation with Attorney Richard Gottlieb I knew without a doubt that I wanted his representation NO MATTER what the cost. Best decision I have ever made Attorney Gottlieb was always available for questions and concerns through out the entire process of my case. Everything I was informed of by Attorney Gottlieb was helpful and true. I have recommended several friends to Mr.Gottlieb and will continue to do so as long as he has his practice. ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE great at what he does and has quite the passion for it as well. I can’t thank him enough for all of his efforts and outstanding representation..
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Posted by Milagros | July 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
100% Amazing!!!
When I contacted Mr. Gottlieb about my situation, I was scared and unsure what to do. He is incrediably knowledgable about bankruptcy law and very empathic and spent time answering my questions and concerns. He also helped me with advice on what he suggested to do for next course of actions. I can finally breath again. Thank you so much!!!!
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Posted by Gilbert | July 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DISCIPLINED AND HONEST
I have never met in my 61 years of life such a talented Bankruptcy Lawyer who has performed so well and very brilliantly over a five year period that he represented me. He constantly reminded me about the importance of paying attention to judges orders and rulings and that failures carries a significant cost. He really gave me more advice than I paid for. Goodness, he knows his stuff very well in all areas of the Bankruptcy Law in all of it's various chapters. I can tell you from my own experience in Chapter 13 filling that he made it possible for a successful conclusion recently. I will say to anyone in need of debt relief by filing for Bankruptcy to give him a try and you will be glad to have done so.
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Posted by George | May 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressive and Extraordinarily Capable
Attorney Richard Gottlieb overachieved my expectations. He demonstrated confidence in his subject matter by demonstrating solutions through using the laws of a bankruptcy in Massachusetts. I was instantly comfortable with my direction and guidance based on his demeanor and his credibility, recognized by his usage of words and his citations of the law. The law is powerful when used properly and specific to my situation. His work ethic was organized and strategic (to my best possible advantage) as there was not one draft of the paperwork but in my case there were five. A very structured and methodical process was made easy. Finally, Attorney Richard Gottlieb provided me with consistent communications. Each correspondence was followed up with step by step conversations. Without being specific, my money was well spent, without any regrets and led me to the best possible outcomes. If you are looking for someone to represent your needs, look no further. Don’t hesitate.
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Posted by Kevin | January 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A truly effective and compassionate expert in the field of Bankruptcy
Before deciding to work with Richard, I met with 3 bankruptcy attorneys. Ultimately, I decided on working with Richard because of his firm's niche focus on bankruptcy exclusively and his experience in representing both sides in bankruptcy cases. I found Richard to be pleasant, respectful, and very transparent, whereas I felt that the other attorneys I met with were much more like salesmen more focused on volume than their clients' cases specifically. Overall, working with Richard was both informative and pleasant. The idea of bankruptcy was certainly daunting, but Richard's encyclopedic knowledge and extensive experience in bankruptcy law specifically is tremendous. Additionally, Richard's passion for the nuances of the bankruptcy process and his sense of humor is truly second to none. I cannot recommend Richard enough. Thanks to him, I was able to achieve all of the results I was hoping to achieve through Chap. 7 and can breathe easy for the first time in a very long time.
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Posted by Brian | December 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best decision I could have made!
Rick was an absolute godsend to me. Not only did he walk me through the ABC’s of how a Ch.13 case works, he genuinely cared that I understood everything each step of the way. I had a lot of questions and some doubts about even going through with the case, and Rick was honest about everything that I would encounter and made me feel comfortable. He always kept me updated as to what was going on and made sure any decisions to be made were my own. I would recommend Attorney Gottlieb to anyone looking to get their life back on track with the help of a real professional. Make the right move, call Rick Gottlieb!
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Posted by Nick | December 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely easy to work with!
Richard made this entire process extremely easy to understand. He was very patient and understanding regarding any questions, making this very stressful time in my life that much easier. I would highly recommend anyone considering such an avenue to speak to him as he will help you understand if it would make sense in your specific situation. Thank you Richard!
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Atty. Gottlieb helped me at a time when my life was in a precarious state. I had contracted cancer and retired and needed help with managing my finances. Atty. Gottlieb was excellent at explaining my options and the law. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by Troy | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard is the Best of The Best. He is also a very kind human being.
I met Richard when my life and financial situation have pulled me down really bad. A previous lawyer had screwed up my bankruptcy really bad too. I was on my last breath. Richard saved me form brink of disaster, cleaned up my prior Attorney mess and charged me so little I couldn't believe it. This man is something of a legend. Yes I am a real client. . Troy
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Posted by Leslie | October 22, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and engaging
With no prior knowledge of Boston attorneys, I contacted Mr Gottlieb for advice and guidance. He delivered in spades. He spent time with me on the phone giving me a precise plan of action. If you need help with a bankruptcy, I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Michael | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, hard working, reliable and an excellent Bankruptcy Attorney
Counselor Gottlieb is fantastic! My wife and I had to file a bankruptcy because of medical debts that we incurred due to insurance complications with our daughters birth. We were in financial ruin and he single handedly helped us to turn everything around. We are so lucky to have found Mr. Gottlieb. He runs a solo practice (not a giant mill like most bankruptcy firms) where he gave us his undivided attention, as much time as we needed to understand the process and he personally helped us every step of the way. He always answered the phone or called us back almost immediately when we needed his help. He was honest, straightforward and he is the only reason that this process went so smoothly. I will be forever appreciative of all of the hard work he has done to help my family get back on track and start being able to save for retirement and our daughters future. I happily give him my highest recommendation and I would strongly urge anyone in the Boston Area to go see him first.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Precise; Empathetic and Exacting
Richard was a great help during a difficult time - he put me at ease and helped me get back on my feet. I would recommend Richard to others who find themselves in a most undesirable situation. Thank you, Richard!
Posted by Keith | August 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter13 bankruptcy
My wife and I hired Attorney Gottlieb to assist us with our bankruptcy process. We worked with a couple of attorney's within his practice to ultimately working with him directly until our discharge. There were a lot of turbulent times between my wife and I along the way and Attorney Gottlieb was able to persevere and see us thru those times and was successful in bringing our case to closure. (officially discharged on 8/10/2020). The bankruptcy process is not for the faint of heart and is not a process that should be done without representation. Attorney Gottleib is well versed in bankruptcy law and was able to assist us in navigating the process. It was a long road to discharge and we are very grateful to Attorney Gottlieb for his perseverance and professionalism throughout.
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Posted by anonymous | July 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great sense of humor and very knowledgeable!
Richard is very knowledgeable about bankruptcy and very helpful in answering questions. He also found a way for me to keep my car even when another lawyer said it wasn’t possible. He made a boring bankruptcy case a little easier on me with his sense of humor. Absolutely an amazing guy!
Posted by Sana | July 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and so helpful
So helpful in his knowledge of the law. He just gave me the confidence and the terminology to handle my situation, and very kind to boot. Thank you, Rick!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Offices of Richard N. Gottlieb
  • 1996 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Schreiber & Associates
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Legal Intern
  • Massachusetts Superior Court
  • 1986 - 1986
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Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1990
  • New England School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  •  In re Coughlin (sub nom Coughlin v. Niiwin, LLC, et al.), 33 F.4th 600 (1st Cir., 2022)
  • Successfully obtained reversal of adverse Bankruptcy Court decision by Direct Appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for First Circuit
  • In re John S. Ng, Chapter 7, Case No.20-12273-FJB, Adv. Pro. No. 21-01013 (11/3/2021 and 3/25/2022)
  • Successfully prevented creditor from obtaining exception or revocation of discharge twice.
  • In re Daisymae Deleveaux, ______ B.R. _______, Chapter 13, Case No. 16-13966-MSH (February 1, 2019)
  • Bank forced to pay legal fees of $16, 200.00, Debtor's Objection to Bank's mortgage claim sustained, Court finds prior Loan Modification is in full force and effect.
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Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Board of Certification
  • Board-Certified Specialist
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 3 Bankruptcy Lawyers in Boston
  • Three Best Rated®
  • 2020
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2010
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2010
  • Amercian Jurisprudence Prize in Family Law,
  • New England School of Law
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Banker & Tradesman
  • Profile in Commerce: Richard N. Gottlieb; Attorney Lobbies Congress on Bankruptcy Reform
  • 1999
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal
  • Considering "Balloon Payment" Plan in Chapter 13 Cases
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • 2010
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • 2009
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • 2008
  • Corporate Reorganizations in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
  • Corporate Reorganizations in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Richard
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Richard for almost 30 years and consider an outstanding bankruptcy attorney. He is amongst one of the most creative attorneys in the bankruptcy bar. When I have an issue and I want a fresh and creative perspective, Richard is someone I turn to."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Long career; great experience; none better. I have sent matters to Rick and used his advice with great success."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and generously shares excellent Legal advice on this Forum Further he has provided a wealth of valuable insight and practical consul. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him and trust in his Legal instincts"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Gottlieb is hard-working and always dedicated to his clients' success. I endorse him without hesitation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working opposite Attorney Gottlieb on several bankruptcy matters, and I always know I can count on him to advocate strongly for his clients, diligently fighting for their rights, while remaining respectful and pleasant to his opposition. I highly recommend Attorney Gottlieb to anyone in need of representation in bankruptcy or debt-related matters."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Richard is currently representing and defending clients of mine in a commercial suit commenced in Massachusetts in connection with the purchase and sale of accounts receivable. It is my pleasure to endorse Richard. He is extremely thorough, intelligent and responsive and has great experience in both commercial and personal debt matters and litigations. I am enjoying working with him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Richard."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Boston Chapter 13 bankruptcy Lawyer Richard N Gottlieb
Richard N Gottlieb
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
Boston, MA
Licensed for 37 years
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