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Brent Christian Diefenderfer

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at York, PA

4.8   20 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

Virtual consultation available

About Brent

Learn Brent’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    20%
    I represent clients in implementing a debt reduction strategy that is appropriate to their unique situation using bankruptcy code and other legal tools. I am a Board Certified Consumer bankruptcy specialist.

    14 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    10%
    Helping businesses reorganize and restructure their debts in order to maintain business, preserve assets.

    14 years, 10 cases

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    10%
    My Chapter 13 practice has saved dozens of clients’ homes, cars from foreclosure, repossession and has given scores of clients a “fresh start.”

    14 years, 800 cases

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Most debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy, such as credit cards, medical bills, and garden variety debt. Many individual can file chapter 7 to discharge their debt, while in most cases, retain their home and vehicle.

    14 years, 100 cases

  5. Debt collection
    10%
    Representing individuals and business outside of bankruptcy resolve their outstanding debts.

    14 years, 500 cases

  6. Debt settlement
    10%
    Representing individuals and business outside of bankruptcy resolve their outstanding debts.

    14 years, 500 cases

  7. Estate planning
    10%
    Advising on structuring personal and business affairs to minimize risk and to protect and preserve valuable assets, and developing estate plans to preserve family wealth through tax-favored planning techniques, including wills, trusts, family partnerships and charitable giving.

    18 years, 100 cases

  8. Foreclosure
    10%
    Representing homeowners defend and preserve their homes from mortgage foreclosure

    14 years, 100 cases

  9. Real estate
    10%
    Representing clients in residential and commercial real estate purchases, refinances, title insurance and landlord tenant matters.

    14 years, 500 cases

Brent is a Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist that applies a client-centered approach to his practice of law and focuses in the areas of Business, Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation and Real Estate law.  He identifies multiple courses of action; gives straightforward advice and diligently works with you to achieve results.  Drawing from his military experience, Brent’s diverse clientele has prepared him to serve a wide variety of clients, ranging from individuals to local businesses and government entities in the following areas.

Bankruptcy/Debt Restructuring.  Brent’s bankruptcy practice has saved dozens of client’s homes from foreclosure, cars from repossession and has resolved burdensome tax obligations through the Bankruptcy Code.  Brent works with his clients to understand all of their options inside and outside of the Bankruptcy Code and identifies whether a Non-Bankruptcy solution, such as a mortgage loan modification, real estate “short sale” or other debt reduction strategies are appropriate for you.

Business Law. Brent represents local businesses and advises on issues such as choice of corporate entity, commercial leases, liquor license transfers and the complex steps of a business purchase and asset acquisition.

Real Estate Law: Whether you are buying or selling a home, refinancing or need advice on landlord tenant matters, Brent ensures that your matter is handled correctly and efficiently.

Estate Planning:  

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Brent served as an Army Officer and JAG Attorney.  He brings to his civilian practice an invaluable and well-rounded experience ranging from advising senior military officers on complex legal issues to litigating contested jury trials.   Brent held the rank of Captain and served as a Trial Defense Counsel at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he defended service members of the 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Forces Command in over 30 jury and bench trials, many which resulted in acquittals for his clients.  Early in his military career, Brent deployed to Iraq for a year as part of the elite 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” and acted as lead counsel for all legal claims brought by Iraqi citizens against the U.S. Government occurring in a 6,000 square mile combat zone.  Later, Brent served as general counsel for his Commanding General and installation’s administrative agencies by advising on fiscal, employment and administrative law related matters.
 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Bankruptcy for individual consumers (Chapters 7 and 13).
  • Non-bankruptcy financial “workouts,” debt-reduction strategies/negotiation, loan restructuring, real estate “short sales,” mortgage modifications and negotiations with creditors.
  • Corporate/small business bankruptcy (Chapter 11), creditor workouts & “section 363” asset purchases.
  • Mortgage foreclosure (representing both home owners and commercial lenders).
  • Business law, including incorporation/choice of corporate entity, asset purchase agreements and commercial leases
  • Residential and commercial real estate purchases and refinances.
  • Civil litigation matters (including collections, landlord/tenant and commercial disputes).
  • Estate Planning and Asset Protection:

 

 

Client's Choice 2015
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Licensed for 18 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/01/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/04/2022

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
Brent received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2015
Posted by Trish | May 20, 2014
A great attorney who is willing to work hard to complete the task.
The experience that I had with Atty. Brent Diefenderfer was very informative and upfront. It was important for Brent to share with me what I should expect from the situation and how my circumstance would be the same and some differences to other cases. Brent would have knowledgeable answers to my questions and if he wasn't sure, he would be honest and get back to me with the correct answers. I was very pleased with his actions in the office as well as the courtroom. He treated my time as valuable as his time. Brent is a true professional and I would recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by Keith | May 17, 2014
Outstanding Lawyer for Bankruptcy and Estate Planning
I contacted Attorney Diefenderfer after our family found itself in a difficult financial position. He guided us through out options and what would make the best financial sense moving forward. His ability to think broadly and about what would work best in our filing was what was most important. Prior to filing he met with us to discuss the broad based issues that would effect our credit and our finances. He guided us through the filing paperwork and sat with us during the meeting of creditors. He successfully reaffirmed our auto loan and he has guided us regarding our housing situation. In short, Brent and his team have been a god-send during a very difficult time in our lives and we are in the process of exiting bankruptcy with a far more positive view of our credit and our spending. I have nothing but outstanding recommendations for Attorney Diefenderfer and I know that he will put the same attention into all his cases that he did for us.
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Posted by Michael | December 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clear and Concise
My bankruptcy had some difficult hurdles and I could not of done it without the help of Brent. He was available and helpful the entire way through it. Thanks for your great work!
Posted by Sarah | October 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing service!
Brent & Ruth are fantastic. They worked diligently to resolve my situation with family property distribution. They constantly followed up with opposing counsel. Brent's advice was terrific and he always responded to my questions and concerns VERY quickly. I always felt like I was a priority. I highly recommend Brent's services.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brent C Diefenderfer - Bankruptcy
Working with Brent was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and thorough. Brent helped every step of the way. The entire process ran so smoothly! I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Jason | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 13 & 7 Bankruptcy
Can't speak high enough in regards to the partnership the Brent provided navigating through the Bankruptcy process. It's a very humbling experience when you run into financial difficulties that you aren't prepared to handle. Brent and his team reviewed my financial situation and provided a thorough action plan on which bankruptcy would be in my best interest and what specific steps I needed to follow to provide his team with the needed information to file. Once in bankruptcy, Brent and his paralegals were extremely responsive to all my questions and concerns. The one moment that truly speaks to Brent's character is when my financial situation changed and he recommended the conversion of my Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7. By recommending this conversion, Brent was essentially placing his ability to get paid for all the hours he and his team put into my case at risk. I truly appreciate his partnership and he is HIGHLY recommended.
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Response from Brent Diefenderfer December 20, 2019
Thank you for the feedback - it was a pleasure representing such a great client,
Posted by Tony | December 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Making the decision to proceed with filing for bankruptcy can be a very stressful time. Finding a knowledgeable lawyer who can guide you through the process to a successful discharge is key. After conducting a lot of research on local bankruptcy attorneys, we chose to consult with Brent due to his extensive background and knowledge of bankruptcy law. Our case was more complicated than most, which added to our stress levels. Brent was able to help guide us through the entire process. He knew exactly what information would be requested as part of our filing and he knew what additional questions would be raised, so we were fully prepared. Brent and paralegal team were extremely detailed and had the expertise to put is in the best position for a successful discharge. Brent was very responsive to any questions or concerns we had a long the way. Choosing the right attorney to help you through the bankruptcy process is probably your most important decision and we sure are fortunate that we found Brent to handle our case.
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Response from Brent Diefenderfer December 12, 2019
Thank you. It was a pleasure representing you!
Posted by Peter | September 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brent Christian Diefenderfer
"Airborne All The Way" I recently e-mailed an urgent request for help to an attorney I had never met. I will not forget how that request turned into a non stop back and fourth supportive thread that continued even after he had left his office and had gone home. Thank you Brent, everything turned out ok. All my best, Peter
Posted by Jessica | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
Brent was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable, making a stressful and complicated situation easy to understand. Both Brent and his staff where very helpful with answering questions and addressing concerns during the entire process. Brent's reassuring demeanor and ability to explain legal terms in an easy to understand language really put our minds at ease. I would highly recommend Brent and his team to anyone going through this complex and stressful situation.
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Posted by Paul | August 13, 2015
Brent Diefenderfer, Much Thanks and definitely recommended!
I happened upon CGA Law and Brent Diefenderfer after a junk debt collection agency served me with a legal notice via sheriff. I realized at that point, due to several other outstanding debts I could not catch up on, I needed to seek legal advice. By pure coincidence, an uncle of a good friend also recommended Brent as well, since he had excellent results in his case.  Brent has been very helpful in every manner, including one particularly aggressive creditor who continued to harass me (and even Brent) even after I filed. Although the cost, in my case, may have been a bit more than anticipated (due to harassing creditor), I believe it would have been a much greater cost if I had the wrong attorney (or none at all). Brent has done his absolute best throughout the case and has been quite knowledgeable of all details. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2015
Top-notch attorney that keeps a level head
Attorney Diefenderfer handled some real estate matters for a corporation I'm an officer in and did an excellent job representing our interests. Opposing counsel was openly aggressive to the point of unprofessionalism to which Brent responded in a persuasive and authoritative yet calm, rational, and measured way that led to favorable outcomes for us given our situation. Brent had plain language explanations and examples at the ready to illustrate complex legal concepts that someone unfamiliar with the intricacies of law requires to make decisions in their circumstances. I'm very happy with the level of knowledge and professionalism that he provided and would not hesitate to employ his legal services again.
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Posted by Dave | January 22, 2015
Attorney Defender review
Atty Diefenderfer handled our banruptcy case with extreme diligence and precision. We had a very complex financial situation including several years of un-filed tax returns and a looming home foreclosure. Another complexity to our situation was I am an owner of a small business. He is very organized and professional. In my opinion, most important was the fact that he realized the immense personal pressure that our family was under throughout this very difficult time in our lives and showed empathy and real genuine concern for our situation.
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Posted by Stacy | January 15, 2015
Highest recommendation
I could not have asked for a better lawyer or law firm during a difficult time. Brent was extremely helpful and always there to answer questions I had. He assisted me in what I needed to do and how to do it all. I was always comfortable asking him any questions and never felt like I was bothering him. He always informed me of what was going on with my case and where we were. His staff was also friendly and helpful. He worked very well with my other lawyer in the same firm to make it smooth on all fronts. Even though he had a full case load, he made me feel like I was his only client. I would highly recommend Brent Diefenderfer to anyone. You will definitely be pleased and happy with the service and knowledge you receive.
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Posted by Steve | January 15, 2015
Our experience with Brent Diefenderfer
We hired an attorney that was recommended to us. After months and months of unbelievable attorney fees and not making any progress we realized we were being taken avantage of. We hired Brent Diefenderfer and things completely changed. We were completely hulimated at the time we met Brent and and unlike our first attorney he made us feel very confortable. Brent is very knowledgeable and handled our case very professionally. He keeps the lines of communication open and returns calls or emails promptly. Our case was settled quickly and we are very thankful for Brent . I highly recommend Brent, you won't be dissapointed.
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Posted by Mary | January 15, 2015
Ethical and Compassionate
Through tragedy and error, people can find themselves in situations they never dreamed of. That was where I was when I contacted Atty. Brent Diefenderfer about helping me with my financial situation.. He was able to direct me to the best possible solution by listening to my story with compassion. He was able to use his knowledge of the law to help map out a plan and walked with me through the process of filing bankruptcy. He explained everything in detail and answered all my questions. I am confident that if any questions should arise in the future after my case is closed, he would still respond in a quickly and accurately to put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Ryan | January 15, 2015
Good Lawyer
Brent helped us through a tricky negotiation with a bank that was unwilling to work with us on issues concerning our real estate investment company. One of my business partners had fouled up and missed multiple mortgage payments and Brent helped us negotate a forbearance agreement to get then loan reinstated. We followed through on that commitment but the bank then rejected our agreement on a technicality (I lived in one unit that they said had to be filled...apparently my capital contributions and lease payments did not count as an occupied unit). Brent instructed us on the most effective path given our income constraints and helped stay focused on the needs of the business and personal affairs whike we work ed through the emotional and anger inducing behavior of the bank which had ceased to be a partner. The key to his support was giving us advice we needed to know and helping us even when funds were short. He explained the details of the negotiations and our eventual bankrupcty filing. He communicated clearly with our other mortgage holders and in part because of his work none of the others foreclosed. They continued to work with us to wrap up the business in an orderly fashion. He was most effective face to face but always responsive and clear on his time constraints. He was clear and direct about what options were feasible and which were not. He was an effective spokesperson to the bank and their lawyer when all we wanted to do was swear at them. He never billed just to bilk us. I intend to use Brent for other services as needed. I have also recommended him to peers, students and friends.
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Posted by Michael | November 12, 2014
Always there for us.
Brent made us feel comfortable at all times. He handled our case with dignity and respect. We never felt unwelcome or slighted.he was always very responsive to our questions and needs. He also follow through with emails and letters to us. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for help in his area of expertise.
Posted by Debra | May 14, 2014
THOROUGH AND RESPONSIVE
Mr. Diefenderfer was thorough and responsive to our needs and questions every step of the way making this transaction to complete a comprehensive will and estate plan, painless and hassle-free. While we definitely recommend his professional services, his knowledge and approach to thoughtfully and accurately assess our situation and meet our needs was evident from the start and very much appreciated!
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Posted by Lisa | August 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy case
I was unsure of what to expect. Brent went through the process very thoroughly. Every step was laid out in detail of what needs to happen and when. The office kept me informed through out the process. Even with this being during Covid, it was a smooth process. I always received a response in a timely manner. If I had any questions, Brent and his colleagues were always clear and helpful on their answers. Brent is very professional but also personable. All in all I had a great experience with this case. I would recommend Brent Diefenderfer and his office for bankruptcy cases.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bankruptcy
My lawyer failed to contact me or get my consent to discharge my Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I had a very bad house fire then spent a couple of weeks in the hostiptal. During this time my case was discharged when I only had 4 months to go. Because of this my home is in foreclosure and previous centers could hold a lein on my property. Very stressful right now all due to his continuous mid communication s. Have many emails saved to prove this. Actually back in the fall of 2015 I was trying to convert my case to chapter 7. Based up a much lower income due to the need to retire early due to a physical disability that was worked related. Never took the time to meet with me personally even when I requested too.
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Response from Brent Diefenderfer July 18, 2016
I’m sorry that you had a negative experience with us. Your bankruptcy case was actually dismissed because you did not make the required chapter 13 trustee payments. Nothing was done to dismiss your case without your consent. The Firm repeatedly tried to reach you to discuss your options by phone, e-mail and by certified mail (which we received confirmation of delivery). To best protect you until we heard from you, we filed an Answer to the Certification of Default and informed the Court that we were not able to establish contact with you and asked that the case not be dismissed. Unfortunately, the court dismissed the case. Immediately after, I sent a letter to you explain how to reinstate your case and how your medical situation may warrant reopening the case, but you never responded. We also offered several times to meet with you. You had scheduled an appointment with the Firm’s Legal Administrator and the Bankruptcy Department Chairman to discuss your concerns, however, you did not appear at your scheduled appointment. They remain available to meet with you to discuss your concerns.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • CGA Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • US Army JAG Corps
  • 2005 - 2008

Education

  • US Army Judge Advocate General Legal Center and School
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Dickinson College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Legal Cases

  • In re Young
  • Court overruled objections of creditor to plan confirmation
  • In re Dean
  • Court awarded damages for client

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • York Bar Association
  • 2004 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Peer Reviewed
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • York County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2014
  • Army Commendation Award (x3)
  • US Army
  • 2006
  • US Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools
  • US Army
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Student Loans: Treatment & Bankruptcy & Administrative Remedies
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • Student Loans: Treatment & Bankruptcy & Administrative Remedies
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • Supreme Court and 3rd Circuit Bankruptcy Case Review
  • 2014
  • Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Local court decisions by Middle District Judges
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brent is an outstanding attorney, and he’s particularly experienced in the area of bankruptcy. Whenever I have a client who has bankruptcy-related concerns, I never hesitate to refer them to Brent because I know that he’ll take good care of them."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Brent on a number of issues related to business, bankruptcy and debt. He is both knowledgeable and experienced, which is why I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"“ In a very tough organization, the 101st Airborne Division, I was always impressed with Brent's physical and mental toughness as a Soldier, and his keen knowledge of the law. He has since gone on to build a successful practice. I recommend him without reservation and would trust he would do a top notch job."
York Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Brent Christian Diefenderfer
Brent Christian Diefenderfer
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
York, PA
Licensed for 18 years
Virtual consultation available