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Rick West is not your typical lawyer. He knows what it’s like to be in debt, hounded by his creditors and sued for bills he could not pay. Although he always helped consumers with difficult debt problems since he started practice in 1986, he had a horrible accident in 1993 and broke his back after falling off of his rooftop. He could not work for months, and had to close his law practice while, literally, he “got back on his feet.”

As a result, he had to live on credit cards, pay his mortgage and feed his family with borrowed money. He was unable to pay his bills and – eventually – got sued by attorneys he knew.  They would not work with him.  They did not care about him, or his family. They wanted money he could not pay.  It was devastating.

In time, Rick did get back on his feet, and was able to pay the creditors.  But the experience changed him forever and he vowed to devote the rest of his professional life to helping good, hard-working people who, through no fault of theirs, could not pay their bills.

He closed his general practice, and began to specialize in debt relief.  He became one of only a handful of attorneys in Ohio who are board certified in consumer bankruptcy, and he is also a certified consumer credit counselor as well as an accredited debt arbitrator and debt workout specialist, certified by the IAPDA.  He is the only attorney in Ohio to hold all of these certifications. He has lectured widely to attorneys across Ohio on bankruptcy law, and has appeared on numerous television programs as a bankruptcy specialist.

Rick understands the importance of credit.  His firm is the only firm in Ohio to offer – to all clients – a unique 3-Step Plan for total financial recovery.  He combines his expertise as a consumer credit counselor with his extensive bankruptcy experience to help his clients get out of debt, rebuild their credit, and – after the bankruptcy is over – Rick’s firm continues to help his clients to ensure that their credit report is accurate.

Because he is also licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court, Rick can also help with consumer tax debt problems, including the “pennies on the dollar” offer-in-compromise program.


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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 20%
    30 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Debt Settlement: 20%
    30 years, 500 cases
  3. Chapter 7: 20%
    30 years, 8 thousand cases
  4. Chapter 13: 20%
    30 years, 5 thousand cases
  5. Bankruptcy: 20%
    30 years, 13 thousand cases



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Derek Brock

    Rick West is an amazing attorney. He pays attention to every detail and has a thorough knowledge of the law he practices. I would recommend Rick to anyone considering his services.


    Michael Brock Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Christopher Marvin Lee

    Rick West is the man for the job. For one, Rick has been in the bankruptcy field for such a long time there is really no scenario that he has not dealt with. Second, Rick is the one attorney that I know who will spend every hour of every day for his clients. Rick strives to make sure that every case is perfect before submitted to the Courts. Rick is an excellent attorney and even better man. And I am proud to endorse Rick West. Chris Lee


    Christopher Lee Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Richard West Law Office

120 W. Second St. #1501
Dayton, OH, 45402

Richard West Law Office

195 E. Central Ave
Springboro, OH, 45066

Richard West Law Office

7069 Taylorsville Rd
Huber Heights, OH, 45424




Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Felony Suspension
    issued in OH, 1994


    Felony suspension means an attorney was convicted of a crime and lost his or her license to practice law.

    Richard’s comment: “Unrelated to legal practice. An unfortunate personal circumstance which I am happy to discuss with clients if they have any concerns. This involved carrying a concealed weapon, not legal practice.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist- Consumer BankruptcyOhio State Bar Association2014
Certified Specialist- Consumer Credit CounselorOhio State Bar Association2014
Certified Specialist- Student Loan CounselorOhio State Bar Association2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder, ManagerWest Law Office1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Advocatesmember2006 - 2009
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2000 - 2009
Ohio Lawyer's Assistance ProgramPast Officer1997 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re Dayton Title Agency, Inc., 304 B.R. 323 (2004)Obtained favorable result for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
King's PressStripping Liens2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
St Joseph's CollegeBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio Lawyer's Assistance CommitteeProfessionalism2010
American Bankruptcy Law ForumBankruptcy2007
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy Law2006
National Business InstituteManaging debt with chapter 132005
National Business InstituteAligning your practice with the reform act of 20052005
National Business InstituteOhio Foreclosure and Related Bankruptcy and Title Issues2004
National Business InstituteFundamentals of Bankruptcy law in Ohio2004