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Henry J. Sommer

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

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  • Licensed for 49 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1974
    Status
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About Henry

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3
Practice areas
  1. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    70%

    49 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%

    45 years, 300 cases

  3. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    5%

    31 years, 5 cases

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Henry J. Sommer
7118 Mccallum Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19119

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Supervising Attorney
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project
  • 1996 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Miller Frank and Miller
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Head of Consumer Law Project
  • Community Legal Services, Inc.
  • 1974 - 1996

Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Finberg v. Sullivan
  • Procedures found unconstitutional

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Former President
  • 1992 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Education Award
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • 2010
  • Champion of Consumer Rights
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys -
  • 1995
  • Vern Countryman Award
  • National Consumer Law Center
  • 1992

Publications

  • Collier on Bankruptcy
  • Editor in Chief
  • 2013
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • Author
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • 20th Annual Convention
  • Case Law Update
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (1)
Endorse Henry
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sommer is a fellow member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. For many years, he has been known across the country as a one of the top experts in bankruptcy law. I highly recommend him as a consumer bankruptcy attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to consumer bankruptcy law, Henry is the only lawyer I know who actually wrote the book. He has been the Editor for Collier's on Bankruptcy for longer than I have practiced bankruptcy law (37 years). He is the Dean of the Deans and the primary reason for the success of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Henry Sommer for many years. He is a leader in the field of bankruptcy. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and committed to excellence. His ethics are the highest. I highly recommend him to my colleagues and clients."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An eminent authority in the field."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry is one of--if not the--most knowledgable bankruptcy lawyers in the country. I endorse him for dealing with all aspects of bankruptcy law without reservation."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry has been a leader of the Bankruptcy bar longer than most attorneys in the field have practiced. The main author of the most respected multi-volume treatise on Bankruptcy, we should all be so lucky as to meet someone like him, let alone be represented by him. National impact that cannot be measured, he has spent a professional lifetime protecting people who will never meet him, and who have no other champion."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Henry is consistently brilliant in both representing his clients and educating other lawyers in the area."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Other
"Henry J. Sommer's stature, career, and accomplishments are great and have been widely recognized to be great by those qualified to judge. Sommer is Editor in Chief of the classic treatise on bankruptcy law, Collier on Bankruptcy. Sommer is also the author of, or contributor to, numerous bankruptcy books, articles and other publications. Sommer is a director and former President of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, a former member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) and a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. Sommer is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the American Law Institute, and a former member of the Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council. Count yourself as privileged indeed if you are able to have Henry J. Sommer assist you with any bankruptcy matter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry Sommer is one of the premier consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the country. As an editor of Colliers and past-president of NACBA, he has helped shape bankruptcy law for the benefit of everyone. He's too modest to blow his own horn and probably too busy to add all of the information that ought to be in his profile. Lawyers I know and work with regularly get an Avvo rating of 10. Henry deserves a 100."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a knowledge of bankruptcy law, procedure, legislative policy and history that is encyclopedic, Mr. Sommer is the bankruptcy expert on whom other bankruptcy experts, including judges, rely. His Avvo profile is misleadingly modest. He hasn't just written an article; he has for many years edited the recognized compilation of bankruptcy case law. He hasn't just joined professional organizations; he has been president of and provided critical vision for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Henry Sommer IS the go-to person on bankruptcy matters. He knows the law inside and out. The contributions he has made to the bankruptcy legal community are tremendous and invaluable to all practitioners. I have served with him for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and he is a true asset."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry Sommer is an excellent bankruptcy attorney and member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. His work is superb!"
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sommer is the best known bankruptcy expert in the country. His Avvo rating is way too low, probably due to the lack of information in his profile to show his true stature in the bankruptcy community. He is the managing editor of Collier on Bankruptcy, which is the leading treatise on the subject in the country. He is the former President of NACBA, which is the leading national consumer bankruptcy law organization. He has also served on the U.S. Supreme Court's bankruptcy rules advisory committee. In short, any rating less than a 10 for this bankruptcy expert is an insult, and shows poor research on behalf of the Avvo lawyer rating team."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a preeminent expert in the field of bankruptcy law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Henry is one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in the United States. He has authored several books on bankruptcy law that are used by lawyers across the country. Henry is also called to testify before the United States Congress on a regular basis because of his expertise. No one knows bankruptcy law better than Henry Sommer. I had the pleasure of interacting often with Henry when we both served as board members of NACBA."
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Henry J. Sommer
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 49 years