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Anthony J. Pietrafesa

Debt settlement Attorney at Syracuse, NY

4.1   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1983
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Anthony

Learn Anthony’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Debt settlement
    We vacate judgments We defend lawsuits We fight foreclosure We sue debt collectors

    41 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Member, National Association of Consumer Advocates

    41 years

  3. Consumer protection

  4. Credit repair

    30 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    NYS Council on Divorce & Family Mediation

    30 years

  6. Marriage and prenuptials

    25 years

  7. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Former NYS Assitant Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud adn Nursing Home Abuse

    29 years


Anthony J. Pietrafesa Esq
313 E Willow St, Suite 202
Syracuse, NY, 13203
Anthony J. Pietrafesa Esq
1971 Western Avenue
Albany, NY, 12203
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4.1 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Jared K. | May 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing and Always Honest!
I called him in 2019 to get assistance with a car repossession on my credit report. He not only went above and beyond to help me stop these vultures that violated my rights. But made sure that they would pay! I have used him 3 times since then to turn my credit score around on people who have violated my civil rights! Best $3,500.00 I have ever spent.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Well balanceed smart, comforting.
Great lawyer, definitely wants to get the job done. Gets right back to you. He makes you feel at ease, Takes a good look at the case in question.
Posted by Roger | January 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved me Thousands !!!
He literally saved me Thousands of dollars and always got back to me when i had questions. Highly recommend!!
Posted by Daniel | October 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Anthony Pietrafesa
Anthony took my case and explained every option and possible outcome. He was able to get rid of a judgement against me with no money paid to the creditor. He called me with updates, I did not have to call him. His fees are very reasonable and fair. I Highly recommend him.
Posted by BRANDON | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very honest and hard working lawyer.
Fifteen years ago a judgement was filed against me. I was never served or sent any kind of notification of a hearing or court date. A month after the judgement was filed I recieved a letter stating I had a judgement filed against me for a debt that was fraudulent. The next day I went to the court that it was filed with and was told there was nothing I could do to reverse the judgement. My wife and I spent 5 years going back and forth with the collections agencies it was assigned to, none could ever give any information of the debts origins, who the debt was with, or how it came to go directly to a judgement with no notifications made to me. My wife was able to get this debt taken off my credit with all the agencies, so I thought that it was solved. Last year we when to sell our house, and found a lein on our title for the mysterious debt. We were at a loss on how to fix this. No lawyer seemed to deal with this type of debt, everyone wanted me to file bankruptcy. I was give Tony's number from an attorney in New York City. Once Tony had the case he resolved it within a month. His fees were very reasonable and was very happy with everything he has done for my family.
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Posted by Sandra | January 13, 2015
Great Experience --- twice!!!
I've used Anthony Pietrafesa twice. Once in 2008 and again these past 3 months -- most recently for a judgement for a debt that I supposedly owed a junk debt buyer that dated back over 5 years ago in New York. It just popped up out of no where with no record of it being on my credit report. I live in the D.C. Metro area now and I new that there was no way that I was going to be able to fight this, so I e mailed Anthony and he was able to vacate the judgement quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend this lawyer. He kept me up to date on everything and made me feel comfortable through the whole process. Most importantly, his fee is reasonable. You really can't ask for anything better.
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Posted by AJ | May 23, 2014
Well versed debt/credit lawyer, and a nice guy as a bonus!
Anthony represented me in a 13 year old fraudulent debt case, where I was blindsided by the well known Mel S. Harris debt collection law firm. Anthony's knowledge, confidence, candor, and positive attitude certainly eased my nerves, as he did everything that he promised- right down to ensuring that money that was taken out of my accounts was returned. He worked immediately on my case, and worked above and beyond (even well past business hours and on weekends) to ensure that I was comfortable and that we were taking the right steps and making progress. I was very impressed with his expertise, resourcefulness, and I was taken at his ability to explain everything in depth so I would understand every option or decision we would make. Though I hope I never need to, I would look to him in the future with any similar concerns.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2014
Weight Lifted
When I came to Anthony I was stressed and overwhelmed with a judgment placed against me. He walked me through my case and spoke to me honestly about the possible outcomes. Although I was very concerned, Anthony remained calm and made me feel secure that he would work hard for the best possible outcome. He provided guidance and kept me informed on the progress of the case. He made me feel comfortable to contact him at any time if I had questions or concerns. I could not have asked for better legal representation or a better outcome of my case. Thank you Anthony!
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Posted by Thomas | January 10, 2014
Review of work done on my case by Mr Pietrafesa
Mr Pietrafasa worked for me on a credit card notice of claim case.After the first conversation and sending Mr Pietrafesa my paperwork he had a response to the collection company and faxed to me within 48hrs!.Mr Pietrafesa was understanding,returned all callsand charged a very fair rate. Having worked with lawyers in criminal cases for over 23 years I can say that without a doubt Me Pietrafesa is at the top of his game and knows his law to the highest degree.
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Posted by Linnea | November 19, 2013
Highly Recommended!!!
Anthony handled a debt collection quickly and professionally. I would highly recommend Anthony to anyone who has ever had debt problems, even if the debt is 5-10 years old, as mine was. Anthony even recovered money from a frozen bank account taken by a debt collection agency. Absolutely the best!!
Posted by david mcclung | November 1, 2013
Excellent lawyer
One excellent lawyer, he handle our problem right away with no questions asked and solved it for us right away. Highly recommend this lawyer.
Posted by Jim | September 29, 2013
Anthony Pietrafesa A+++++++++++ Look no further for a GREAT attorney !!!!
I would HIGHLY recommend Anthony as an attorney for any credit issues you may be dealing with.. From beginning to end, Anthony was not only cordial and welcoming, but a true professional in solving the credit issue I had. We all know dealing with credit agencies, and collection agencies can be grueling, frustrating and depressing...Anthonys reassurance, guidance, advice and professionalism not only gave me confidence but allowed me to sleep at night, not having to further worry about the issue I was dealing with. By far Anthony has the knowledge and abilities to handle these types of credit issues more than any other person I know, hands down...He knows the law inside and out, period. Anthony is trustworthy, has impeccable resources, and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone seeking help with credit issues.....He is, and will continue to be my primary go to guy for any future issues that may arise and I STRONGLY recommend him as an attorney.. 5 ***** star rating plus +++++
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Posted by Cindy | September 16, 2014
The Houdini of Lawyers
I hired Anthony in July of 2014 to handle a mortgage case for me. I went to his home right away to give him the $500.00 retainer. He wrote 1 brief letter on July 22 to the mortgage company. Told me on several occasions that he was calling the company repeatedly and getting no response. The company contacted me in August to say they had left several messages for Anthony and had no response. I texted him and called and sent emails and he has disappeared with my $500.00. I was so impressed with his expertise in the beginning and the fact that he emailed or called me right back. Once I gave him the money, it was a different story. I have contacted the Better Business Bureau.
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Posted by Aaron J Haynes | October 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Took Money. Did Nothing. Wont Respond to Weeks of Phone Calls and Emails
My wife recieved an income execution back in February of this year. We hired Mr Pietrafesa to handle this matter and paid him $750 as a retainer for his services. He stated he reach out to the court in question and get back to us. At first he would respond and state that it was taking longer than expected because of staffing issues with the court and getting the file. Because the original case was so long ago. About 2 months ago now. We recieved another income execution regarding the same alleged debt. We quickly reached out to Mr Pietrafesa for an update. We left a message and email and figured he would be in touch shortly. As he always was before. After not hearing back we called and emailed again. It has now been 2 months of calling and emails and this man has not responded once. He ignores are phone calls and emails. He took our money as a retainer and cant even bother to respond about our case. If he doesnt want to work on the case. Simply say so and return the money. But if you take the money then do your due diligence and work on the case you were retained for. Its simple. Nothing was done regarding this and I find it ridiculous. FOr the past couple days I have been contemplating filing a grievence with the Attorney Grievence Committee just to get a response in some form or fashion. Dont hire this attorney. He takes your money happily and then stops or does no work and never responds. It pains me to say this because just a few short years ago. He worked on a similar case for me and everything went fine.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not a decent lawyer
We hired him because we were literally getting screwed over by a debt company said he could help we met him at a Denny's took some of our paperwork we never got back and now we just want our 500 back that he took and never gave back wrote one letter and that was it can't get ahold of him he won't answer the phone what kind of person does that this somebody that is already in fear of everything that is going on in their life and anxieties like on the very high list of everything and then he does this to us shame on him karma
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Posted by James | September 26, 2013
Stay away from this lawyer
He took my money and disappear. My card was used by my son to feed his drug addiction. When I told my son I was pressing charges he took his life. The bank refused to list the charges as fraud. I paid Anthony Pietrafesa $750.00 cash to handle the matter. He sent the bank a letter requesting for all the statements and for them to contact him only. I kept calling and emailing him to contact me because I wanted to get this resolved with the bank because the bank was ruining my credit. He never returned my calls or emails. Only once he answered the phone when I called on a blocked phone line. The only contact I got was when I went to his home. After 15 months of him having this case he called me and said they were making an offer. Mr. Pietrafesa allowed the bank to sell the debt to a collection agency. I called the bank and got them to resolve everything with me. They wiped out the debt, notified the credit reporting agency's that everything was paid on time and they helped to restore my credit. They even asked me if I wanted another card.i asked the bank to check their records on the case to see if Mr. Pietrafesa was in contact with them, they said only once and it was by letter at the very beginning. I requested a refund of $500.00 , but again , absolutely no response from him. I figured that $250.00 would be enough of a fee for writing a letter. Do not use this guy, he's useless.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 10%-30%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy General Counsel
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Assistant Counsel
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • New York State Attorney General's Office
  • 1995 - 1999
  • Partner
  • Westerman & Pietrafesa
  • 1986 - 1999
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Colgate University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Five Star Bank vs Ciccarelli
  • Client wins $10,000, avoids $10,000
  • Sunmark FCU vs Wilkinson
  • Settled
  • Hess vs Cohen & Slamowitz
  • settled
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  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (20)
Endorse Anthony
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the privilege of watching Tony in action. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. He prides himself on sticking up for the "little guy" when the well-funded banks and credit companies come calling. I wholeheartedly recommend Tony if you have a bankruptcy or debt issue. Simply stated, you won't find a better advocate for these matters than Tony."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Anthony without reservation. He has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and has the skills of a superb litigator."
Debt collection Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony is a highly knowledgeable and skilled advocate. I know his work and know him to be the go to consumer attorney in up-state New York. For these reasons, I do not hesitate to endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Anthony. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Debt settlement Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Mr. Pietrafesa. He is a skilled advocate who provides quality representation for consumers."
Credit repair Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer answers with well thought through competence. Great lawyer to have on you're side"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pietrafesa is quick on his feet, knows the debtor/creditor law, and will diligently work on achieving the best results possible."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anthony Pietrafesa is a highly regarded attorney. I give him my highest recommendation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community"
Litigation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want one of the best consumer attorneys around today, then you should hire Anthony Pietrafesa."
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Bankruptcy and debt
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Debt and lending agreements
Personal injury
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Divorce and separation