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Richard S. Feinsilver

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Carle Place, NY

4.7   14 reviews

also known as Rich Feinsilver

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  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1984
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Richard

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Practice areas

My name is Rich Feinsilver, and I’ve been in private practice for over 30 years. Before that, I spent over 10 years in the financial services industry, focusing on consumer credit and real estate financing. This “real-world” experience gives me a unique and well-rounded perspective when it comes to practicing bankruptcy law to help you with your financial problems.

During my tenure as a bankruptcy lawyer in New York and Long Island, I have helped over 7,500 clients with consumer and business bankruptcy cases.

Professional Qualifications

I graduated from St. Johns University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, and went on to get my law degree at New York Law School in 1983. I’m a member of the New York State, Nassau County and Queens County Bar Associations and am admitted to practice law in the State of New of York and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

I have served as a lecturer and commentator on the topics of consumer bankruptcy and real estate law for the National Business Institute (a leading continuing legal education provider) as well as a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal , the National Law Journal and Newsday.   

In addition, each year since 2007, I have received a Peer Attorney Rating of AV (highest)  from Martindale-Hubbell.  This is based upon an independent polling of attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell (not a paid advertisement).  I have also been named as a Top Legal Eagle for each year from 2010 to 2020 in Long Island Pulse Magazine.   

What Makes Me Different From The Others? – Bigger is Not Necessarily Better

Over the past 30+ years, I have prided myself on providing each and every client with prompt, personal attention to their needs.   I understand that each client’s situation is different as well as their goals and asperations.  In each consultation, we will work together to get to the heart of the matter – that sequence of events that caused you to contact a bankruptcy lawyer as well as what may be the best course of action to take to move forward. 

Let’s be honest – no one wants to file for bankruptcy.  No one wants to pick up the phone and meet with a bankruptcy attorney.  The issue is, once you do, you want to know that there is someone on the other end who will be on your side.   In addition, you want someone who is going to listen to you.  Many of the larger bankruptcy firms will ask you to fill out a series of forms (which most of them never read) , meet with you for 3-5 minutes and then hand you off to a paralegal or legal assistant to complete the paperwork.  THIS IS NOT WHAT I AM ABOUT…

When you meet with me, there are no pre-printed forms to fill out - no questionairres.  I want to hear it directly from you.  During our initial consultation, I will ask you a series of questions that will enable me to “paint a financial picture”  of your present situation and immediately begin to focus on your needs to determine if filing bankruptcy is the way to go. 

Many times, bankruptcy may not be the best solution.  The one thing that I can tell you at the onset is that I will be brutally honest and straight forward.  When you reach the point that you need to reach out to a bankrupycy lawyer, you need straight answers.  I will do my best to give those answers to you.  You may not always be pleased with what you may hear, but I believe that each client needs to come out of a consultation with a real assessment of their situation as well as an outline of the options that are available to them.    This is what make me different from the ”bankruptcy centers”….    I look forward to hearing from you.


Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Top Contributor 2012
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Modifying Second Mortgages in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
About Our Firm
Am I Eligible to File for Bankruptcy?


The Law Office of Richard S. Feinsilver
Richard S. Feinsilver
200 Broadhollow Road
Suite 207
Melville, NY, 11747
The Law Office of Richard S. Feinsilver
118-35 Queens Boulevard
Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY, 11375
Richard S. Feinsilver
110 North Ocean Avenue
Suite LL2
Patchogue, NY, 11772
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  14 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2010
Posted by Dorothy | June 22, 2011
Made a stressfull situation so easy
I have never met a lawyer that made me feel at ease until I met Rich. He is kind and down to earth. You are put at easy from the minute you meet him. That was so important to me. Everything he told me would happen actually happened. I was never put off and when I wanted or needed to ask questions he was there to answer them. He is an amazing lawyer and human being. I can not thank him enough.
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Posted by Joseph | March 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate all the help you’ve given me, Mr. Feinsilver. You helped set my life on a straight path and I can’t thank you enough. You’re an excellent professional and I’m lucky I found you. Thank you so much from me and my family.
Posted by Barbara | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He’s is the best DONT look any further
Mr Feinsilver is such an honest man , he’s thorough very comfortable to deal with . Everything he offered to a person I referred to him he did and more . If you need Goid council don’t look to any others . We had a terrible experience with an att in Melville . The client was treated well and got her discharge as mr Feinsilver knew exactly how to help this friend .
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Posted by Jessica | June 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fair and honest
I found Mr. Feinsilver to be a very fair and honest lawyer. I consulted Mr Feinsilver regarding a bankruptcy for my business and he was very honest about the challenges that I would face and what the bankruptcy can and cannot achieve. I was convinced that this was the only way forward but after consulting with Mr. Feinsilver I have decided to hold off on bankruptcy. He could have easily taken my money and just filed the bankruptcy but instead he counseled me on what is in my best interest. Strongly recommend.
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Posted by Steve | January 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One Efficient Lawyer!
People were telling me how long and complicated a bankruptcy process could be, but when I met with Rich, I felt comfortable from the start and contrary to what people were telling me, Rich made this process go as smoothly as possible. There were no complications. I would highly recommend Rich Feinsilver if you are looking for a bankruptcy attorney in Long Island!
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Posted by William | September 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resolved a problem that everyone else could not!!!!
After my case was confirmed for around six months I had a tax problem come up. I had endless calls with NYS Tax dept and trustee and all kept pointing the finger to each other !!!! And i was stuck in the middle . I contacted Rich he made a few calls and resolved this in one day after I been trying for weeks and no other involved party had a clue on how to resolve this !!!!!!
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Posted by Bill | April 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Experience!!!!!!! Knows how to navigate through difficult cases
I used Rich back in 1995 when all all you need was a warm body to get you through the chapter 13 process . I needed his services 2nd time 2016 and Boy how the laws have changed . I hit road blocks everywhere The bankruptcy process now requests many many docs, records , statements etc. My case took 18 weeks to get confirmed , three trips to Islip , and weekly lists from rich for more docs to send the trustee . Rich was at my side through very difficult process . The thing I learned about rich Just let him do his Job !! He will get back to you if he needs you . My case would have crashed and burned with out His Experience in navigating a very difficult chapter 13 case to confirmation . Thank You Rich !!!!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard is representing us in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, something that we never anticipated going through. He quickly eased our feelings of embarrassment and reassured us that our decision was okay. He has handled everything very efficiently and is professional, compassionate, and a gentleman. We quickly realized that he is 100% sincere in his desire to help people in our situation. There is no judgment, no condescending comments-only compassion, reassurance, and, most importantly, education. He provides thorough explanations of each step as travel on this journey. We have sent him many emails (most were unnecessary) with simple questions and he always gets back to us right away. We would recommend him to anyone who needs help as we did. He is an outstanding attorney.
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Posted by John D. | April 2, 2015
Chapter 7 Bancruptcy
Mr. Feinsilver has restored my faith in the fact that with the right lawyer the legal system can be in your favor. He is a busy man and sometimes getting him on the phone can take some time.... However, he has three offices and to be honest I didnt really need to call him in hindsight because he knows what he's doing and if he has any doubt he will be fast to respond. All in all I am happy to say that Richard did exactly what I paid him to do and everything spoken about in the initial interview was as easy and painless as he said, before and after the bancruptcy hearing.
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Posted by Keith | October 16, 2012
Feinsilver The Finest Attorney Available
Mr. Feinsilver has worked on our bankruptcy back in 2007, was very professional,helpful, and kept us updated all the way. He explained our situation to us and what our options would be and gave us the best option for our situation. He stopped all the phone calls and after visiting several other attorney's Mr Richard Feinsilver was the best option the other attorneys did not give us the full information and fee's involved, Mr. Feinsilver went the distance and gave us a break down on pricing and it was itemized so MR. Feinsilver thank you for all your help, we would defiantly recommend you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2011
Lawyer worth the money
Always on top of my case. Handled my situation with respect and dignity. Paperwork was always in order and always provided me with my options in a clear and concise manner. I would use him again but hoping I won't need to!
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2008
Mr. Feinsilver is a caring, highly experienced attorney who helped me during the worst financial nightmare of my life. His caling manner kept me focused on what had to be done and he worked with me every step of the way to ensure that my case went smoothly.
Posted by Dissapointed | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast talker
Richard was hired after a internet search of local long Island attorney's. I saw a few you tube videos of this compassionate man and felt that he would be the right fit . After a few others have stated he met with me collected information and started the process. When the meeting of the creditors and trustee rolled around richard failed to show up!. He sent a gentleman who was frazzled and wanted us to fill him in on our whole case is 20 min before meeting with the trustee!! Any correspondence from that point on was with another woman named Evelyn who refused to put richard directly on the phone . I cannot stress the importance of hiring the right attorney for this matter . Please consider someone else .
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Office of Richard S. Feinsilver
  • 1988 - Present
  • Assisant Vice President - Consumer/Real Estate Finance
  • Citibank
  • 1979 - 1988


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • St. Johns University, Queens
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Didar Singh - USBC-EDNY


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Richard
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is an excellent attorney in the area of bankruptcy and I highly endorse him. He is highly respected in the field of bankruptcy and is extremely knowledgeable."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Feinsilver is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know RIch Feinsilver for more than twenty five years. I have watched his practice grow over the years and his reputation in the community is sterling. I would recommend him to anyone needing a bankruptcy lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Feinsilver provides good legal information to those who need him. He is a positive benefit to the community."
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Carle Place Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Richard S. Feinsilver
Richard S. Feinsilver
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Carle Place, NY
Licensed for 39 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available