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William Joseph Balena

Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney at Westlake, OH

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Bill Balena, William Balena

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    30%
    Cleveland area chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney. Catch up past due mortgage payments, Strip off second and third mortgages when your first mortgage is under water.

    30 years, 400 cases

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    30%
    Elyria, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Cleveland chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney who helps people get out of debt. Remove judicial, judgment liens if your home is underwater.

    30 years, 1,300 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Former city prosecutor. I defend DWI, DUI, OVI and DUS clients in the following courts: Elyria, Lorain, Vermilion, Oberlin, Rocky River, Berea, Cleveland, and the following mayor's Court North Ridgeville, Strongsville, Olmsted Falls, Independence, Brooklyn, Medina, North Olmsted, . Get your license back.

    44 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Speeding and traffic ticket
    15%
    Defense of traffic tickets including speeding, reckless operation, marked lanes, red light, passing a school bus, and other offenses. Former Elyria City prosecutor.

    44 years, 900 cases

  5. Consumer protection
    10%

    14 years, 300 cases

I can assist you with problems you are having with Student Loans if you live in Ohio. This applies to both Federal and private loans. Not being able to pay them is a problem.  Call me right away to learn your options to get back on track.

I am a Ceveland and Lorain County bankruptcy attorney who handles both chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases for consumers just like you.  I have been doing so since 1997. I also have many clients from Cleveland's suburbs.  Bankruptcy can stop garnishment and foreclosure.

 I am also a talented and capable DUI, DWI, OVI, and speeding ticket attorney.  It is very hard to pick the right attorney.  Success in these cases is having the respect of the police and the court personnel.  I know them, and they know me. 

I invite you to give me a call, toll free, at.

Location

Balena Law Firm, LLC
30400 Detroit Road
Suite 106
Westlake, OH, 44145

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Posted by Richard Mack | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic Ticket Master...!!
THE BEST...!!! If you're looking for a knowledgeable attorney that will work hard for you, then search no further. It's hard to find an attorney, but I’d HIGHLY recommend Bill and would use him again if the need arises. The whole experience was so much easier on me because of him. Thank you Bill..!!
Posted by Ricardo | February 5, 2014
Stand up guy and amazing attorney!
When I called and set up my consultation I was pretty nervous but Nancy was so sweet and was able to get me in quickly and at a convenient time. When I got to the office another client was just leaving looking pretty happy, even cheerful. That threw me off a bit. When I met with Bill I understood why. Bill is awesome. He understood my situation completely. He treated me like a person, with genuine respect and empathy. He took time to get to know me and I him. I never had a question he couldn't answer and he gave me sound advise and resources to help me along the way. He was great about laying out my options and giving me advise on each. I learned a lot from him and really appreciated his insight. He also made sure I knew what I would need to do and he kept things moving smoothly. At my meeting of creditors I witnessed how unorganized and unprepared some other attorneys were. My meeting went straight forward because Bill had all my ducks in a row. Bill is hands down the best professional I have ever encountered and a great guy in general.
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Posted by Carol | April 15, 2010
My Attorney for 10 Years
I have known Bill Balena for over 10 years, and he has proven to be a fantastic attorney. He has helped me with my bankruptcy case and has saved my daughter from prison time. Recently Bill has saved my daughter from serious jail time. If anyone needs a compassionate attorney who really cares, please contact Bill Balena

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Balena law Firm
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Petroff & Balena
  • 1989 - 1995
  • Managing Attorney
  • Solo Practice
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Associate
  • West, West, Sherman and Petroff
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • City Of Elyria
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • Student Loan Workshop
  • certificate
  • 2015
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Certificate
  • 1983
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Criminal Procedure for Prosecutors
  • 1981
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • Short Course for Prosecuting Attorneys
  • 1981
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Assn
  • Civil Trial Advocacy Institute
  • 1981
  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
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Associations

  • Lorain County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Section Leader
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Banking, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Lorain County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • Chairman Young Lawyer Section
  • 1979 - 1980
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Past President Award
  • Lorain County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assn
  • 1992

Publications

  • Legal Times of the Lorain County Bar Association
  • Untether With Dropbox
  • 2012
  • Legal Times of the Lorain County Bar Assn.
  • Own Your Name In The Online World
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Intersection of Bankruptcy and /divorce
  • Bankruptcy and Divorce
  • 2014
  • Top 9 Complications in Bankruptcy
  • Means Test Complications
  • 2013
  • What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Foreclosure Law
  • Foreclosure and Cleveland Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • 2010
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2009 OVI Law Changes
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (29)
Endorse William
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Attorney Balena on many cases as a prosecutor. He always worked hard for his clients."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. I have known him for over 30 years as a respected and knowledgeable member of the legal community."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Attorney Balena through a national organization, NACBA (National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys). Mr. Balena is always eager to help out his peers and is a valuable resource in bankruptcy/ debt matters. I endorse Mr. Balena."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is great attorney with many years of experience. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"I know Bill though the NACBA listserv. He is an excellent attorney who stays actively involved in the latest consumer issues affecting his clients. He also offers invaluable advice to other attorneys. Bill receives my highest recommendation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill Balena is widely regarded as THE expert on bankruptcy law. I refer all of my bankruptcy cases to him."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Balena needs no endorsement from me. His prodigious work on Avvo.com demonstrates his ability. Whenever I see his advic, it is dead on."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Balena is a frequent contributor to avvo, is very well versed in the complexities of criminal defense and bankruptcy, and fights for his clients. I endorse this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent choice for criminal and Bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Balena fully. I became acquainted with him through our mutual participation on legal listservs. I have a great deal of respect for him due to his wealth of substantive knowledge and his willingness to help fellow attorneys. I strongly recommend Mr. Balena and I'm honored to have him as a colleague."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill and I are fellow members of NACBA and participate in at least two listserv communities in common. Bill's posts are always right on the money. He's a respected colleague who knows what he's doing!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm endorsing Bill based on our associations on various listservs and involvement in the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Bill has shown a willingness to serve his clients efficiently by adopting technology techniques that keeps costs down for his client, while continuing the great service of providing education and insight for each client."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Balena is highly-respected by bankruptcy attorneys throughout the country. His advice on various professional listservs to which we both belong is helpful to all lawyers, whether they've been practicing for 5 months or 30 years. I recommend him to anyone dealing with financial problems."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Other
"Bill is a prolific responder to questions on Avvo and other bankruptcy attorney forums. He is accurate and insightful in his answers. He is a fellow member of National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, THE leading organization for bankruptcy attorneys in the nation."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Other
"Bill is a well-respected attorney and a frequent contributor on Avvo.com. I find his advice accurate and comprehensive. I would certainly recommend this lawyer for anyone looking for an attorney in his areas of expertise."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been following Bill's blog for the last several years. He always offers perceptive insights into the issues that face people who are struggling with the burden of debt, and helps them see that there is life after debt. It is obvious that he focuses his practice on pursuing the best options for his clients. He is the lawyer to whom I would refer potential clients in Cleveland or northern Ohio."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is a trusted lawyer in our community who specializes in Bankruptcy/Debt law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill Balena is a consummate professional. He is knowledgeable, straight-forward, and detailed. Bill and his staff have the highest standards. In his representations, Bill provides clear advice and personal attention. He takes the time to explain legal issues to his clients, allowing them to understand those concepts and giving them confidence in the system. Bill is also known for his strong work ethic. All of these characteristics combine to make Bill Balena an outstanding attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Westlake Chapter 7 bankruptcy Lawyer William Joseph Balena
William Joseph Balena
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
Westlake, OH