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Brett D Weiss

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Who Am I? I am an honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, and I've been helping people and businesses with financial problems for over 30 years. In that time I’ve represented thousands of people, helping them get back on the road to financial success.


I speak all over the country about bankruptcy, to judges, trustees and attorneys, am Maryland State Chair for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and on the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Bar Consumer Bankruptcy Council. I have testified twice before the U.S. Congress, once on the problems credit cards cause consumers, and once about student loan issues. My friend and colleague, Daniel Press, and I recently finished a book, Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors, which has been published by LexisNexis. We teach other attorneys around the country how to handle individual Chapter 11 cases through our Chapter 11 Boot Camps. We have also recorded a 13-hour Basic Bankruptcy Training video series. n 2011, I was awarded the prestigious National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Distinguished Service Award, for my work over the past 30 years.


My Philosophy of Helping. My clients are my top priority, and I work hard to make them as comfortable as possible. I’m available many evenings, and return phone calls and e-mail messages as quickly as possible. I’ll explain the details of the law in plain terms, never complex “legalese.”Your satisfaction is my goal. It’s hard enough to go through tough financial times; I try to make it easier for you.


America’s News Media Turns to Me for My Opinion. I have received international media attention in connection with bankruptcy issues. I was interviewed by Barbara Walters on The View, appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News with Peter Jennings, the Montel Williams Show, BBC World Service, National Public Radio, German state television, and numerous local radio and television programs, and been quoted in Money magazine, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, among others.


I am a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia federal and state bars, the United States Tax Court bar, the Fourth Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals bars and the United States Supreme Court bar.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 40%
    29 years
  2. Chapter 13: 20%
    29 years
  3. Chapter 11: 20%
    29 years
  4. Chapter 7: 20%
    29 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Craig William Andresen

    Brett has a nationwide reputation as a bankruptcy and business reorganization lawyer. I am impressed by his understanding of complex chapter 11 issues. Brett has been very kind in helping me in some projects we have worked on together. I endorse him heartily.


    Craig Andresen Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Chip Parker

    Well, Brett literally wrote the book on Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and I am fortunate to be able to seek his counsel on complex bankruptcy issues. He is always willing to share his knowledge and innovative ideas.


    Chip Parker Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Chung & Press, LLC

6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 730
Greenbelt, MD, 20770


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished Service AwardNational Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys2011
Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in AdvocacyNational Moot Court Competition1982
Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court AwardUniversity of Maryland School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerChung & Press, LLC2010 - Present
AttorneyJoseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA2008 - 2010
President and Managing PartnerBrett Weiss, P.C.1991 - 2008
Associate AttorneyAdelman & Haldeman, P.A.1987 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bankruptcy Law NetworkFounding Member and Director2007 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy CouncilBoard of Directors2006 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMaryland State Chair2005 - Present
Civil Justice NetworkAttorney2005 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2006 - 2008
Bankruptcy Bar Association of MarylandMember and Greenbelt Assistant Chair2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hernandez v. Suburban Hospital, 319 Md. 226, 572 A.2d 144 (1990)Assignments not dischargeable in bankruptcy
Bunch v. Hopkins Savings Bank, 249 B.R. 667 (Md. 2000)A Chapter 13 filing by an heir stops a foreclosure
In re Tubman, 364 B.R. 574 (Md.2007)The Court held that the automatic stay continued
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalWho Gets The Money? The DIP Account, Liquidation Test and Conversion in Individual Chapter 11 Cases2014
Lexis Nexis PublishingChapter 11 for Individual Debtors2012
Maryland Bar JournalBankruptcy After BAPCPA2007
Bankruptcy Law Network100+ Blogs on Bankruptcy IssuesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJuris Doctor (with honors)1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual ConventionCurrent Issues in Chapter 112014
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual ConventionEstate Planning Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy2014
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual ConventionCross-Border Insolvency Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy2014
American Bankruptcy Institute Annual ConventionThe 18th Annual American Bankruptcy Institute Great Debate2014
Southeastern Bankruptcy Law InstituteWhen a Chapter 13 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Been a Better Chapter 112013
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys WorkshopAttorney's Fees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 132013
Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland Annual ConventionSame-Sex Marriage Issues in Bankruptcy Cases2013
American Bankruptcy Institute WebinarYou Can't Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy--Or Can You?2013
36th Annual Bankruptcy InstituteIndividual Chapter 11 Cases Under Maharaj--Making Sense of the Senseless2013
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Fall ConventionTesting the Chapter 11 and Business 13 Waters (2-day Workshop)2012
Maryland State Bar Association Annual ConventionEstablishment of Purchase Money Security Interests in Personal Property2012
Pro Bono Resource CenterConsumer Bankruptcy for New Practitioners2011
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Fall WorkshopBrief Writing for the Busy Practitioner2011
Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy SectionFord Motor Credit Corp. v. Roberson--Groundbreaking or Irrelevant2011
Civil Justice RoundtableStern v. Marshall and Its Impact2011
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges 2010 ConventionDecisions and Dicta: The Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decisions2010
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys 2010 Fall WorkshopAdvanced Topics in Chapter 13 Cases2010
Trial Practice for Bankruptcy AttorneysTrial Practice for Bankruptcy Attorneys2008
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys 2008 Annual ConventionIndividual Chapter 112008
Best Practices for Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysBest Practices for Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys2008
Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland 2008 ConventionEthical Issues in Bankruptcy Cases2008
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees 2007 ConventionPlan Modifications: Do the Trustee and Creditors Get Another Bite at the Income Apple?2007
Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy InstituteSecuritization2007
Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy InstituteChapter 11 for Individuals2007
22nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization PracticeWhat Lies Beneath the Surface: Frightening Issues in Chapters 7 and 13 Cases2007