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Brett D Weiss

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Greenbelt, MD

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Maryland Bankruptcy Attorney, The Weiss Law Group, LLC


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About Brett

Learn Brett’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    40%
    My practice is limited to bankruptcy and insolvency. For over 30 years, I've been helping people with debt problems get a fresh start.

    38 years

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    20%
    Representation of individuals and small businesses in Chapter 11 reorganization. Co-author of "Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors," published by LexisNexis. National lecturer on the new Small Business Reorganization Act.

    38 years

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    20%
    Chapter 13 offers the ability to catch up on mortgage arrearages, taxes, and domestic support obligations over 3 - 5 years, as well as reorganize your finances, while keeping all your assets.

    38 years

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    20%
    Chapter 7 lets you wipe out your credit cards, medical bills, and other debts. Most people keep everything they own--their home, car and household goods.

    38 years

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.

Photos and videos

Testifying before Congress on behalf of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Licensed for 39 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/30/2015

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

Contact Brett

Chung & Press, LLC
6404 Ivy Lane, Suite 650
Greenbelt, MD, 20770

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Roberta | February 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+
Mr Weiss is very professional, direct, compassionate and will be up front each step of the way-he took all the fear and anxiety away from us. He got us into a chapter 13 after being told we could not do it! Not only did he get it done but we knew what to expect from the beginning! We highly recommend Mr. Weiss for any and all BR needs! John and Roberta M.
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Posted by Shalonda | October 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
If I could give 20 stars i would! Mr.Weiss has been truly amazing to work with. He's kind understanding, communicated with me throughout this entire experience and answered all of my questions. He truly put my mind at ease and I'm so lucky to have an attorney like him!
Response from Brett Weiss October 26, 2020
Thank you for your kind words! Brett
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service and very down to earth attorney!
Mr. Weiss was very very informative. He gave me a lot of insight on any questions that I had and information that I didn’t have. I definitely had a lot more understanding from speaking with him. I definitely recommend this law firm to anyone.
Response from Brett Weiss May 22, 2020
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Theresa | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
My experience working with Mr. Brett Weiss in handling my bankruptcy filing was outstanding. I was very nervous not knowing what to expect, since I had never filed. Mr. Weiss made me feel very comfortable, as he explained step by step what to expect; and his reassurance that I would come out on top calmed my fears. Mr. Weiss is accessible and makes himself available to answer any concerns or questions you may have. From the first meeting with him to the last meeting before the Trustee, Mr. Weiss is with you. There aren't any surprises! I cannot express strongly enough that choosing Mr. Weiss as your counsel is the best decision you could make. He is professional and extremely knowledgeable in the bankruptcy arena. Mr. Weiss' expertise is difficult to match. He is worth every dime--and more!
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very studious Legal mind !!
I recently did a consultation with this attorney , ( therefore I am not a paid review I was just a potential client) Nice office , His Staff was welcoming. After meeting with Attorney Weiss my assessment: he is brilliant , very well versed on bankruptcy. I also like that when he does not know the question he let you know upfront . This law firm was organized and efficient they do a lot of the intake process prior to potential client getting there to guarantee a more comprehensive consultation ,FREE! This law firm was organized and efficient but not cheap ! The only reason why I did not select this attorney is my budget . He was not in my budget at this time .
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Response.
SInce, I do not have law back ground ,some times, my questions are not vey elaborate in legal terms. Mr. Brett Weiss was able to read my question, then read my mind and got to the bottom of it and answered the question very precisely. I am impressed by this amazing skill.
Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible
0 Stars, 1 is WAY TOO MANY!! HORRIBLE! The cost was $6,000. We filed for Bankruptcy which was hard enough but to have a lawyer who was inadequate and useless is beyond ridiculous and unacceptable. My poor wife had to deal with this awful man continuously. When we met him at court he is wearing CROCS with socks. UNPROFESSIONAL! My wife reached out to him so many times via phone or email and he almost NEVER responded. Our case was DISMISSED twice because he FORGOT to submit the required paperwork to the court. Then, my wife calls him frantically and he has no idea that our case was dismissed or missed the hearing. We have proof of everything said here. The only positive was Jackie-who was his Paralegal. She was a sweetheart but now unfortunately she is gone. She helped my wife a lot since our lawyer never did anything. This should have been written a long time ago which I am so sorry for. Nobody deserves this treatment. He was so DISRESPECTFUL!!! This is why lawyers get a bad reputation. STAY AWAY!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • The Weiss Law Group, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Chung & Press, LLC
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA
  • 2008 - 2010
  • President and Managing Partner
  • Brett Weiss, P.C.
  • 1991 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Adelman & Haldeman, P.A.
  • 1987 - 1991
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Education

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Juris Doctor (with honors)
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • In Re Baker, 38 B.R. 705 (Bankr.Md.1983)
  • A foreign debtor can file for bankruptcy in the United States
  • 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
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Associations

  • Bankruptcy Law Network
  • Founding Member and Director
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • Civil Justice Network
  • Attorney
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland
  • Member and Greenbelt Assistant Chair
  • 2006 - 2008
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Maryland State Chair
  • 2005 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2011
  • Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
  • National Moot Court Competition
  • 1982
  • Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Award
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 1982

Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual Convention
  • Current Issues in Chapter 11
  • 2014
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual Convention
  • Estate Planning Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Annual Convention
  • Cross-Border Insolvency Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute
  • When a Chapter 13 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Been a Better Chapter 11
  • 2013
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Workshop
  • Attorney's Fees in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13
  • 2013
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland Annual Convention
  • Same-Sex Marriage Issues in Bankruptcy Cases
  • 2013
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Webinar
  • You Can't Discharge Student Loans in Bankruptcy--Or Can You?
  • 2013
  • 36th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
  • Individual Chapter 11 Cases Under Maharaj--Making Sense of the Senseless
  • 2013
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Fall Convention
  • Testing the Chapter 11 and Business 13 Waters (2-day Workshop)
  • 2012
  • Maryland State Bar Association Annual Convention
  • Establishment of Purchase Money Security Interests in Personal Property
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Resource Center
  • Consumer Bankruptcy for New Practitioners
  • 2011
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Fall Workshop
  • Brief Writing for the Busy Practitioner
  • 2011
  • Maryland State Bar Association Consumer Bankruptcy Section
  • Ford Motor Credit Corp. v. Roberson--Groundbreaking or Irrelevant
  • 2011
  • Civil Justice Roundtable
  • Stern v. Marshall and Its Impact
  • 2011
  • Trial Practice for Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Trial Practice for Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2008
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys 2008 Annual Convention
  • Individual Chapter 11
  • 2008
  • Best Practices for Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Best Practices for Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2008
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland 2008 Convention
  • Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Cases
  • 2008
  • National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees 2007 Convention
  • Plan Modifications: Do the Trustee and Creditors Get Another Bite at the Income Apple?
  • 2007
  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Institute
  • Securitization
  • 2007
  • Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chapter 11 for Individuals
  • 2007
  • 22nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice
  • What Lies Beneath the Surface: Frightening Issues in Chapters 7 and 13 Cases
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (5)
Endorse Brett
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this competent, ethical and hardworking attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett Weiss is the consummate professional. Not only does he know what he is doing, but he is not afraid to think outside the box and try new approaches to help his clients. I endorse him heartily."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is one of those guys you know from the first moment you meet him that you want him in your corner. Never underestimate Brett's common courtesy and soothing voice as being meek or timid. He is a gladiator you definitely want in your arena when battling your creditors!"
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brett gave me the honor of reviewing his Chapter 11 bankruptcy book before publication, and I was dismayed to find nothing to correct. We have lectured together on bankruptcy panels. He is ethical, hard working, and no one is more knowledgeable."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Weiss spends time answering questions of Avvo to people in need of help. Attorney Weiss is a very skilled in bankruptcy. I often read his answers on Avvo and they are smart and compassionate. I would recommend that attorney to anyone in need of a bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is an excellent attorney and works very hard for his clients."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett was instrumental invaluable in my Chapter 11 Bankruptcies successes. There is no practitioner more knowledgeable about the finer points of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy that Brett."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brett Weiss. The word "endorse" seems woefully insufficient. I've known Brett for 25 years. He has helped his clients keep their homes and their dignity in the face of overwhelming financial hardship and the emotional crises that accompany such hardship. He has treated them with kindness and respect every step of the way. He is fully prepared at all times. He is a man of tremendous dignity and enormous legal knowledge. He is the model honest lawyer. If you are in financial trouble, or if you have a client in financial trouble, put Brett on the case and you will be well served."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Weiss is a member of a national bankruptcy attorney organization to which I belong. His contributions to the list are always well thought-out. He's clearly a smart guy with a lot of relevant experience. I endorse this lawyer's work and would not hesitate to recommend him."
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