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Christopher Matthew Baker

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   22 reviews

also known as Chris Baker


Licensed for 13 years

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Chris is an attorney in the Virginia Beach office where he meets with individuals and couples in need of financial help. He is known by his clients as a “friendly and compassionate” attorney who brings comfort and help to those going through difficult times. Since joining Boleman Law in 2015, he has helped thousands of people struggling with overwhelming financial problems. His reputation with his clients has earned him the AVVO Client’s Choice Award in Bankruptcy, and the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum award. Chris’s reputation amongst fellow attorneys and judges has earned him a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, to be named “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine, and Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" for 2021. Chris has been a frequent speaker at local and national bankruptcy seminars. He currently serves on the Board for the Virginia Beach Bar Foundation and as a committee chair with the Virginia Beach Bar Association.
 
Prior to joining Boleman Law, Chris spent more than five years as a prosecutor in Virginia Beach where he won multiple awards for his skills in prosecution. He is a former member of the Filipino-American Law Enforcement Officers Association of Virginia. He also has experience in criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic, and family law. He is the son of a Filipino immigrant and a native of Virginia Beach, VA, where he grew up in the Kempsville area. He has been practicing law in Hampton Roads since 2009. He and his wife are foster and adoptive parents. They actively serve as advocates for foster children and adoption with various organizations.

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Licensed for 13 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/01/2022

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Posted by Mary | January 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Mr.Baker, Attorney At Law
I was very apprehensive about taking this step of bankruptcy but after my conference with Mr. Baker, i felt peace of mind, knowing i had hired the correct lawyer to handle my financial problem. His knowledge, compasson and courtesy have given me "PEACE OF MIND". His staff is courteous and respectful. I know I'm in good hands. MaryTrancucci
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Posted by Natasha | April 30, 2021
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Wonderful experience
My experience working with Chris was excellent. He made the process so easy for me and answered every question I asked. I can not say enough good things about Chris and my experience with him. I will absolutely recommend him any chance I get!
Posted by Edith | February 9, 2021
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Awsome
I've never been treated with so much respect and matching urgency to work on my case. The achievements, understanding and leadership was above and beyond. A Team effort that keeps you informed.
Posted by Jamie | February 24, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great service
I used Boleman for bankruptcy and I would 100% recommend to anyone in search of a good company to use during these times. Chris Baker was my first contact and made the entire process stress free. He always was quick to answer any questions and get back to me whenever I reached out. I am happy I chose Boleman Law Firm.
Posted by Vanessa | January 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Focus on Client
Chris was an absolute pleasure to work with. He actually cared. There was no judgement whatsoever. I could not recommend him highly enough. I went in to meet him for a free consultation and ended up filing the same afternoon. Chris and his staff made everything as stress free and efficient as humanly possible. I was truly touched by his sincerity and professionalism.
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Posted by Crystal | November 6, 2019
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Best decision I’ve ever made
The word bankruptcy is very scary. Especially to a single mother of 3 kids. Is this the right decision? I can tell you right now that working with Chris Baker and filing my bankruptcy was the best decision I’ve ever made. I was so nervous! I didn’t know much about bankruptcy. All I knew was that I was drowning in debt and I still needed to provide a roof over our heads and food on the table. As soon as Chris walked in I felt a sense of ease. He could tell I was a nervous wreck. He broke it down for me and showed me every option I had & how it would benefit me. He never tried to push the options on me. I had so many questions and he made sure to answer all of them and I never felt rushed. He spent as much time in that office with me as I needed. He was truly a beacon of hope for me and my family. I very highly recommend Chris Baker. My sister ended up using him as well and she was so thankful for my recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2018
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Need a bankruptcy lawyer who listens?
Chris, was extremely sensitive to my situation and did everything to make me feel like my world wasn't coming apart. He handled my case with care and was swift to closure of a tough situation. He is very polite and always there to answer any question I had and then some. I would highly recommend Chris Baker of Boleman Law.
Posted by Andrea | March 16, 2018
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Knowledgeable and so nice!
Chris is an amazing lawyer. He is very professional and easy to talk to. He made the process fast and much less stressful than I imagined. He made me feel comfortable. I didn’t feel judged at all because of my decisions. Chris was extremely knowledgeable and answered all the questions I had. He was on top of everything and worked diligently on my case. Chris was so nice and I really appreciate him for easing my stress and nervousness. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Emily | September 6, 2017
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Baker was thorough and knowledgeable. He made me feel at ease and did not leave any questions unanswered. Chris Baker was kind and down to earth which calmed my nerves during this difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2017
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Outstanding service! Chris is smart, professional, thorough, reliable, and kind.
We hired Chris to help us navigate a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This was a difficult decision for us and one that we arrived at after years of financial stress due to chronic medical conditions in our family and resulting loss of income. Chris was kind and understanding as we spoke with him, and he carefully explained all of our options. He helped us understand the process, and we left the first day knowing what we should do and what we could expect from the process of filing. Since that first meeting 3 months ago, Chris has been available by phone or email to answer our questions and help us with any sticky issues that have come up. He is very smart and compassionate. We highly recommend Chris. He and his staff are excellent, and we are grateful for their guidance and professionalism in dealing with the bankruptcy.
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Posted by Elizabeth | March 28, 2017
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"Attorney" sounds scary
The word attorney alone is terrifying. Whatever their dealings in is a huge life change, a drastic spin on what you can handle alone anymore. Chris is an amazing attorney. He made my process so much easier and made me feel comfortable and confident in my decisions. He's definitely the guy you want in your corner!
Posted by Ashley Milhorn | March 23, 2017
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Hey chris!
Chris is awesome! Filing for bankruptcy made me so nervous and nauseous. After leaving that office I'd never felt more relieved. Chris did a FANTASTIC job of making me feel like it's not all my fault.
Posted by Lisa | February 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Communication
Mr Baker explained every step of the process. He remains in contact with me and works to resolve issues, that arise. He's always prompt with responses to questions and takes immediate action when needed. From our first meeting, I was very at ease with him. I was there for reasons that embarrassed me, but he made it perfectly clear that this happens to many people and is exactly why we have such laws in place. I'm very appreciative to him, and his firm, for all of the assistance they continue to provide.
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Posted by anonymous | September 20, 2016
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Great Lawyer!!
Chris made me feel at home while going through a difficult decision of filing bankruptcy again. He never once made me feel degraded. I would definitely recommend him and Boleman Law Firm should you decide to move forward with filing bankruptcy.
Posted by T | June 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing service
My lawyer Chris was very professional. I was able to get an appointment the next day after I called just to see who's my options were,and even filed everything in one day. I didn't have all of my papers in the morning appointment and I was able to return back at 3pm.He helped me get my car back within days . He explained the process of filing chapter 13. He gave me options and what you be best for me. He made me feel like there was hope, I wanted to give up but after taking to him he made it worth it.
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Posted by Curtis | April 26, 2016
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Chris Baker - Excellent Attorney
Chris Baker and his assistant, Laken Warris handled our bankruptcy filing, and were absolutely a pleasure to work with. They were very sensitive to our difficult situation, and provided us with excellent care, and offered us a means that accommodated our financial needs. We began this process with heavy hearts and are now very much relieved and better settled in our lives. We highly recommend Chris and his firm to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2016
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Chapter 13
He helped me file a Chapter 13. Him and the staff are extremely helpful and knowledgable and always made themselves available via phone and/or email. Every question I have had during the process has been promptly answered (and I had several).
Posted by Marissa | April 22, 2016
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All around great experience.
Mr. Baker helped me file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. He was very thorough in explaining everything to me and answered all my questions honestly. The whole process was relatively quick and easy. He's an absolute pleasure to work with and I would certainly recommend him!
Posted by Margaret | March 29, 2016
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Margaret
Chris made us feel very comfortable. He answered my email questions right away and is very knowledgable about bankruptcy law. I would recommend him anytime.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient!
Bankruptcy can be confusing and scary without the right lawyer and Chris is without a doubt the reason this whole process has gone so smoothly for me. He is extremely professional and knowledgeable which is unsoubtedly what makes him a fantastic lawyer but his ability to be genuinely friendly and compassionate is what makes him exceptional in my opinion. He took time with me and answered all my questions never once making me feel rushed or unimportant which meant so much during such a difficult time for me. I will be recommending him to my friends and family.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Boleman Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2009 - 2015

Education

  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • George Mason University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth v. Mark Thomas Clementi
  • Guilty

Associations

  • Virginia Beach Bar Association, Law School Outreach Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Village Foster Care Community
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Tidewater Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers Association of Virginia
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2022
  • Ones to Watch
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite - Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite - Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite - Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2018
  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Achievement in Legal Initiatives
  • Drive Safe Hampton Roads
  • 2011
  • National Conference Scholarship Recipient
  • Mother's Against Drunk Driving
  • 2011
  • Ramon West Scholarship
  • Regent University School of Law
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Virginia CLE Publications
  • Bankruptcy Practice in Virginia - 2017 Edition
  • 2017
  • VBOCA Training Curriculum
  • Prosecution of DUI Offenses
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Hampton Bar Association
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2017
  • Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association
  • The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Law
  • 2017
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Basics: How Bankruptcy & Personal Injury Collide
  • Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
  • 2017
  • Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
  • Consumer Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Collide
  • 2017
  • 66th Annual NALS Conference
  • Bankruptcy Basics
  • 2017
  • 36th Annual Family Law Seminar
  • The Intersection of Family and Bankruptcy
  • 2017
  • Every 15 Minutes
  • Impacts of DUI on minors
  • 2015
  • Safety Stand Down
  • The Financial Effects of a DUI Conviction
  • 2013
  • Every 15 Minutes - Kempsville High School
  • Consequences of a DUI
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (36)
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is extremely compassionate and understanding, and an invaluable resource for his clients and colleagues. He goes above and beyond every day."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
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 | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Chris Baker for many years and have always been impressed at his knowledge of the law and his ability to navigate the legal system. When we worked together in the Commonwealth Attorney's Office he was always the first person I would seek with a legal question. Incidentally, he is also a very good person. He is one of those people that everyone looks-up to as a leader and counselor. I highly recommend Chris Baker for your legal needs."
Violent crime Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I want to endorse Chris Baker for his fairness to his opponents , diligence in preparation and impressive litigation skills, he never had to raise his voice to make himself heard and I am certain that whoever will retain him will be as impressed as I am."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is an amazing attorney and is highly respected for his advocacy skills. I worked against him when he was a prosecutor and admired his reasonableness but respected the fact that he could put up a hell of a fight when necessary. I strongly endorse Chris Baker."
Juvenile law Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris Baker is one of the brightest minds I've encountered in dealing with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. He always seemed to have the right answer to any difficult issue. In addition to his intelligence, Chris is a person who treats everyone he encounters with the utmost respect and kindness. I highly endorse this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris and I have been opposing parties on several cases. He is always an honest consummate professional. Aside from being a good guy, he also happens to be a first-rate litigator with extensive courtroom experience. I highly endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a constant professional who is always willing to go the extra mile. He is respected by Judges and has extensive trial experience."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris since his days as a young intern, and I have nothing but positive things to say about his work ethic, professionalism and abilities as an attorney. Any potential consumer seeking representation should have confidence in Chris."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Chris is a dedicated lawyer who truly works hard on behalf of the people he represents. A man of integrity, he has my strongest endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Three words describe Chris Baker..."Top Notch Attorney." A man of integrity who is committed to providing excellent legal representation to his clients."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Christ Baker is an excellent attorney. He cares about his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is an excellent attorney. He has a tremendous ability to help clients navigate complex issues while making them feel comfortable. He cares deeply for his clients and considers it an honor to be able to help them. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Chris Baker. Chris puts everything he has into connecting with and serving his clients. He has tremendous compassion for those who are struggling with debt, and he treats everyone respectfully no matter what their circumstances may be."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is an excellent trial lawyer. He has tried many complicated, serious cases to judges and juries. He is intelligent and well thought of in the legal community. I endorse him without hesitation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent attorney and an even better man. He is trustworthy, hard-working and passionate about his work. He is always trying to help his clients get the best result possible. You are in great hands if you hire Chris to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris earned a solid reputation as a knowledgeable and skilled trial attorney during his many years as a prosecutor. He is a well-respected member of the bar. Chris's extensive courtroom experience is a tremendous asset to his clients. I strongly endorse Chris as a top-notch attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is an amazing attorney. His efforts in dealing with DUI cases earned him industry recognition and is known to be one of the most amazing "people" in the industry! I strongly endorse him for DUI, Traffic and Family Law matters!!! I have witnessed this first hand, while we battled each other in court."
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Virginia Beach Chapter 13 bankruptcy Lawyer Christopher Matthew Baker
Christopher Matthew Baker
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation