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Richard Shea Jr.

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

5.0   3 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1999
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    We understand that hiring an attorney to help you file bankruptcy is scary. We are committed to providing compassionate and non-judgmental representation to all of our clients. Our attorneys have helped thousands of people get a fresh start.

  2. Consumer protection
    We pursue creditors for damages when they use illegal debt collection practices. We have recovered thousands of dollars from creditors relating to these violations.

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Behind on house or car payments | Pending repossession | Foreclosure or Sheriff's sale pending | Tax debt | Joint debt with ex-spouse | Significant assets or equity in a home or property you want to keep | Co-signer you desire to protect | Call now.

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    Minimal assets or equity in assets | Trouble making monthly payments on necessities and basic expenses | Current on house and car payments (when applicable) | Call now to discuss your case further.

  5. Debt settlement
    We offer a free no obligation consultation with an attorney. Your creditors have attorneys, collection agents, and money. Allow us to explain your rights. Together we can level the playing field against them and find a solution to your debt problems.


Richard Shea graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law Bloomington in 1998. Since 1999 he has concentrated his practice in the field of Consumer Bankruptcy. Richard is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He has served on the Local Rules and Procedures Advisory Committee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana and has taught at bankruptcy seminars.

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Sawin & Shea LLC
6100 N Keystone Ave Ste 620
Indianapolis, IN, 46220-2430
Sawin & Shea LLC
5251 S East St.
Suite 31
Indianapolis, IN, 46227
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer
Richard is a good lawyer, very knowledgeable and even helped sue a few companies on my behalf. He is willing to work with his clients and advocate with the trustee. The only bad thing is his office staff some need a course in business etiquette and some of them don't know what the other is doing however Richard himself is skilled and knowledgeable.
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Posted by Darren | March 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Staff and Richard were outstanding!!
I hired Richard right away!! They made me feel comfortable and took care of everything! The process was painless.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful attorney
We were overwhelmed, confused and scared starting our bankruptcy process. Richard Shea was our attorney, and he explained the process well, walked us through each step, and was completely non-judgemental the entire process. He was prompt in returning emails and calls, and his entire staff was friendly. I would highly recommend Attorney Shea and his partner to anyone who thinks bankruptcy might be in their future.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sawin & Shea LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Tom Scott & Associates
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Peter Francis Geraci
  • 1999 - 2001


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Credit Acceptance Corp vs. Dennis Thompson Sr. 1:19-cv-1802-JMS--TAB
  • Court affirmed the Bankruptcy Courts opinion. EMA payments to on auto loans begins after administrative claims are paid.


  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Southern District of Indiana Rules Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2021
  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Indy Star Call To Action
  • Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Laws
  • 2018
  • Bankruptcy Roundtable
  • Hands up – Give me all your money – Bankruptcy Trustees
  • 2018
  • Bankruptcy Roundtable
  • Credit reporting in ongoing Chapter 13 a Fresh start or Purgatory?
  • 2017
  • Bankruptcy Roundtable
  • What can we advise debtors anymore about Tax Dischargeability.
  • 2017
  • Bankruptcy Roundtable
  • Beyond the Automatic Stay & Discharge Injuction
  • 2016
  • Indianapolis Consumer Bankruptcy & Commercial Bankruptcy Presentation
  • Lease or Purchase Agreement in Disguise
  • 2014
  • Hamilton County Realtors Association
  • Bankruptcy 101 for Hamilton County Realtors Association
  • 2014
  • Statefarm Insurance Presentation
  • Bankruptcy Impact on Personal Injury Cases
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Richard
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Shea is a leading attorney in Consumer Bankruptcy and and excellent advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Richard Shea for more than 15 years. I no hesitation endorsing him for Avvo as his knowledge of bankruptcy is excellent; his work product is accurate and complete; his arguments are sound; and he represents his clients with concern and understanding."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked as opposing counsel on many bankruptcy matters with Richard since 2005. Richard conducts himself in a very professional manner while at all time vigorously advocating for his clients within the confines of the law."
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Indianapolis Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Richard Shea Jr.
Richard Shea Jr.
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
Licensed for 24 years
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