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Joel Kenneth Elkin

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Gahanna, OH

4.4   9 reviews
Virtual consultation available
Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 38 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 39 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1985
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1984
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas

I am licensed to practice law in Ohio (1985) and Pennsylvania (1984).  

I worked with a small firm in Worthington Ohio from 1985 through October 1994, which is when/where I learned to practice law. I became a sole practitioner on November 1, 1994.  My practice now concentrates on Bankruptcy, Probate (decedent's estate administration, and other probate-related areas) and Estate Planning.  I also do some real estate and business transactional work.

I care very much about the welfare and well-being of my Clients and like very much to meet face to face if possible to get to know each and every one of them and to have them get to know me.  This may be my favorite part of my practice.

If you are in need of any legal service in the areas set forth above, please contact me and we can talk for as long as it takes in order to assess whether and how I can assist you in your time of need.



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Client's Choice 2015
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Joel Kenneth Elkin
107 West Johnstown Road
Gahanna, OH, 43230


4.4 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jack | December 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn’t be happier!
Hiring Joel to help my family during our time of need was the best decision we could have made. Joel has been attentive to our needs and I feel confident knowing that I can trust him to navigate the complex legal system in our best interests. If I ever find myself in need of similar legal services in the future, I will certainly reach out to Joel again. Thanks for everything!
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Response from Joel Elkin January 2, 2024
Thank you, Jack. I truly appreciate you. Joel
Posted by Angela | December 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joel was very affordable and friendly. Very easy to coordinate and work with. Thank you so much !
Response from Joel Elkin January 2, 2024
Thank you, Angela for taking the time to give me a review. I appreciate you.
Posted by Dave | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Integrity
Joel has represented our business and family for over 20 years. I have always found him to be of the highest integrity and his services to be fairly priced. I rely on his expertise in business, real estate, and will/trust issues without concern. In his legal actions he works well with others at need, knows how to listen to your desires, and keeps you informed at every step. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Gaylord | September 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Credit to His Profession
My wife and I consulted several attorneys, prior to meeting with Joel and of the numerous attorneys we had meet with; Joel was the only one who meet with us, listened to our concerns and made us feel at ease with the whole bankruptcy process, and unlike many of his colleagues, utilized understanding and genuine compassion and never made us feel like bad people, but people in a bad situation; in need of help. Joel's knowledge of the bankruptcy laws, established relationships within the court, and easy going demeanor, made a bad situation; manageable and tolerable. It was also apparent in working with Joel that he was well respected by his peers and the court. Joel truly made us feel like he was on our side and wanted to do whatever he could to ensure that we made it through a rough patch as painlessly as possible. It isn't often that in todays society, a person can be labeled as "a credit, to their profession,' but Joel is. In fact; since our bankruptcy, Joel has also provided invaluable council and legal advise beyond bankruptcy and is part of the reason I recommend Joel to anyone seeking legal advise or representation in any of the arrears in which Joel practices. For the reasons stated above and the fact that Joel; is great about follow up; returning phone calls, emails, etc. Joel's ability as an attorney, are in my opinion, only over shadowed, by his genuine concern and commitment to helping people navigate the legal landscape, with compassion, professionalism, and a fair pricing structure.
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Posted by Danny R. Watson | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Joel for all your legal needs!
Joel has been my primary business attorney since 1992. He is the finest and most detailed researcher that I have ever known! And he is a darn good litigator and negotiator as well! I highly recommend Joel for all your legal needs.
Posted by Ruth | August 11, 2015
David and Ruth
We have used Joel Elkin on several occasions. He has done deed work for us, our wills and rental agreements. We would highly recommend Mr.Elkin , we have referred friends and family to him and all of them have been very happy with his work.
Posted by Brahim | August 11, 2015
Very professional, knowledgeable and an expert in legal matters. Joel represents our company for 12 years in many legal cases with successful results, he is a wonderful lawyer than l can recommend to any one.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Meet & greet
So far so good I like his attitude he stays in touch and is very helpful in explaining things in layman's terms.
Posted by Michael | April 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Difficulty listening
On a consult with the attorney it appears that he is unable to listen to a client. When I attempted to explain what was going on, there were interruptions by him way too often. Then when I would get a chance to answer, he would change my answer to something else. When I attempted to correct him, he would again interrupt and then tell me I was wrong. Advised that it appears we were not a match, and that we should end this. He decided to interrupt once again and say he isn't interested. If he listened, he would have known that I was already ending it. Poor service. Very poor.
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Response from Joel Elkin January 26, 2018
I'm not sure who this commenter is, but I think the comment is inaccurate, at best. The other comments appearing on this site are much more consistent with feedback that I regularly receive from my clients. I suppose, as stated in the comment, that I encountered the rare potential client that considered me not a "good match."
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  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Joel K. Elkin, Attorney at Law
  • 1994 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • William J. Clark & Associates
  • 1985 - 1994


  • Capital University
  • law
  • 1984
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1980


  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • Volunteer Attorney - Chapter 7 program
  • 2016 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Joel
Business Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to represent a client with an opposing position to Joel's client. It was a difficult family v. family situation and despite the adversarial positions, Joel was a pleasure to work with throughout. I found him to be professional, patient, and thorough. I highly recommend him for your matters and would trust him to assist me should I need an attorney in Ohio."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Elkin is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Business Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is always willing to share his wisdom and expertise with others. I endorse him as he is a highly respected attorney in the profession."
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Gahanna Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer Joel Kenneth Elkin
Joel Kenneth Elkin
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Gahanna, OH
Licensed for 39 years
Virtual consultation available