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Elias Leonard Dsouza

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Plantation, FL

4.8   126 reviews

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About Elias

Learn Elias’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    50%

    23 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Foreclosure
    25%

    23 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Business
    20%

    23 years, 150 cases

  4. Credit repair
    5%

    23 years, 450 cases

Attorney Elias Leonard Dsouza concentrates his practice on Bankruptcy [Chapter 7, 13 & 11,] Foreclosure Defense, Defense of Credit Card Lawsuits, Credit Restoration, and Debt Settlement & Credit Counseling. Our office also handles complex Civil Litigation, Business & Corporate Transactions & Litigation, Employment Law, Collections, Creditor representation, Real estate transactions, Personal Injury, Family Law, Immigration, Landlord-Tenant law, Franchise Law, Tax Law and We Sue Debt Collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices.

I am a member of the Solo Lawyer Netrworking Group in Broward County. Any area of law that is not my primary practice is always referred to one of my trusted colleagues in my group.

Licensed for 22 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/23/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details

Contact Elias

Dsouza Law Group, P.A.
8751 W Broward Blvd Suite 301
Plantation, FL, 33324

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  126 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
This Lawyer was hired 5 years ago and I have consulted with him on other matters since then. I would hire him again.
Posted by Mark | September 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great customer service
I have an extensive condo association case. Even though this law firm was not able to take the case, they provided invaluable information to assist me in getting representation.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
First appointment
He answered many of my questions can explain what you can do for me. I will be definitely getting back in touch.....................
Posted by Gloria | November 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Attorney you can Trust
Mr Dsouza was very patient with me, always answered my questions and gave me objective counsel I knew I could trust. “A very knowledgeable and excellent Attorney and Highly recommended”.
Posted by Kirill | October 6, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr Dsouza was specific and on the point
We had a consultation, and I got answers on my questions. Definitely, will hire Mr. Dsouza's services as soon as my situation would require
Posted by Alex | October 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MIrlanda the great
Atty Mirlanda Rigistre is the most Professional, Responsive, Careering Atty I have ever encountered. You are as priceless as Mastercard, a rare breed in legal services. I will never forget you, and I am extremely grateful for your services. Keep up with the great work and the Heavens will continually Reward you.
Posted by Patricia | September 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation about Real Estate Law
Attorney DSouza was great. He helped me understand my options in a particular aspect dealing with real estate law. He was kind, patient, but most of all knowledgeable about the issue, allowing me to come away from the conversation better informed.
Posted by Johanna | June 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
D&S Law Group, P.A.
Such a professional and personable firm. Everyone treated me with respect. They were ready to fight the fight. I highly recommend this firm and if you are serious about being professionally represented then you should contact this law group immediately. Thank you to the entire team!!!!
Posted by Iris | May 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent & Professional Services
I've been using the services of the Dsouza & Strachan Law Group now and they have always provided excellent, professional services to me and my family. I highly recommend them!
Posted by Anna | February 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very pleased
Even though he couldn't help me personally, he referred me to a person who can. Very polite and honest.
Posted by Guillermo | January 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He’s THE BEST HUMAN BEING
He has always shown compassion for his clients. First time I had to file chapter 13 due to a divorce in 2009 and recently I had to file chapter 7 due to loss of income. I was let go from my job. He is so professional and compassionate. I feel so secured with his help and knowledge. In one phrase: AFTER 10 YEARS USING HIS SERVICES I CAN SAY THAT HE IS THE “BEST LAWYER IN FLORIDA “
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Posted by Rolando | January 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Friendly and experienced lawyer
Mr DeSouza was very friendly since the begining. Answered all my questions and gave a better concept of my case.
Posted by Guillermo | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST LAWYER AND HUMAN BEING
I have been Elias customer for over 15 years. He’s the best compassionate lawyer and human being ever. He will handle your case if it were his own. Very smart and highly professional. I will recommend him 100%. SIMPLY THE BEST. TWO THUMBS UP FOR HIM!!!!!!
Posted by Paula | October 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
I contacted them because I was being sued by a debtor. I was provided with the best options that suited my situation. I was provided with options for being a do a payment plan. I would definitely recommend them. They are on point and relieve me of all the stress I was feeling.
Posted by Christopher Hollifield | August 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personable and Professional
He made sure he started on me to do my part in the case, making sure I get the needed benefit of filling ASAP
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice!
Mr. Dsouza took his time in the first consultation and gave us the best advise. Since the beginning he took the time and showed plenty of knowledge in the matter.
Response from Elias Dsouza August 5, 2020
Thank you.
Posted by Mario | July 17, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation with Elias Leonard Dsouza
I consulted with Lawyer Elias Leonard Dsouza and he was very honest and helpful in providing the information that I needed and which plan of action he recommended based on my financial situation.
Posted by Karolyna | July 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Bankruptcy can be an embarrassing subject to talk to anyone about. Even if it is the only way to survive during this pandemic. When I called Elias I was very worried about my situation. He listen to me and explained to me my options. He really cares About your family situation and that is something very rare in an attorney.
Posted by Carol | July 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best bankruptcy attorney!!!
Elias Dsouza and her team are some of the most amazing, caring lawyers out there. I am very thankful to Mr. Dsouza and the entire team that works in the office. They are very professional, efficient and helpful I definitely recommend him. Thank you for everything!
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Foreclosure lawsuit consulting
Excellent consultation. I meet the problem with my condo in the foreclosure lawsuit, Elias is very professional lawyer provide me great advice , he is honestly and knowledgeable provide key point comments to the case, also provided with useful suggestion the good solution base on the case situation.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Suspension issued in FL, 2011
updated on 06/24/2013

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Elias's comment: “None of my Client's rights and remedies were jeopardized by my actions or non-actions in this matter. It was prudent for me to accept a disciplinary action and resolve the matter with the Florida Bar so that I can continue to serve my Clients and take care of my family.”

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2007
updated on 01/30/2015

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Elias's comment: “None of my Client's rights and remedies were jeopardized by my actions or non-actions in this matter. It was prudent for me to accept a disciplinary action and resolve the matter with the Florida Bar so that I can continue to serve my Clients and take care of my family rather than keep this matter open for years to come. The Florida Bar sometimes takes 6 years to file a case.”

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Dsouza Law Group, P.A.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Senior partner
  • Divale, Tolentino. & Dsouza
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Associate
  • The Dellutri Law Group, PA
  • 2009 - 2016

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1996
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Associations

  • Rotary Club of Plantation
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Legal Aid of Broward County, Florida
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (49)
Given (352)
Endorse Elias
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
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 | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Elias on a number of bankruptcy cases. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile for the client. His practice is client-focused, which invariable produces the best result for the client. I highly recommend Elias for bankruptcy cases."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dsousa is an extremely committed and experienced attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Elias as an Attorney. He is a skilled, caring, and competent attorney, and one that any client would appreciate."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a committed advocate of his client's rights as consumers going the extra mile to defend their interests."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Elias is very knowledgeable about bankruptcy law and is a fine attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elias Leonard Dsouza is a knowledgeable attorney, and is a genuine caring person."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have mediated cases where Elias' firm represented the debtor. He and his people are thorough and do what is necessary to get the best possible result."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent attorney with an outstanding work ethic. I know that when I refer him a client, he will provide that client with exemplary advice and service."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because he is very competent."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Dsouza for many years and have personally witnessed his caring and informed representation of persons in need of debt relief."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with him on legal matters for many years. His work is always very professional and clients are satisfied with his work."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Dsouza. Attorney Dsouza has a solid track record, his clients like him, other attorneys respect him, and his answers to questions at Avvo show that he knows the law well and likes to make sure his clients understand it too. If you have a question about Bankrupcy Law, he is your answer. I would recommend Mr. Dsouza to a person in need of help."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elias Dsouza. I have referred many clients to him."
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