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Richard George Fonfrias

Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   74 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022

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Rich Fonfrias is a respected Financial Rescue and Bankruptcy Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois. He has practiced law for 13 years and has in-depth experience helping families and business owners overcome serious financial problems.

Rich represents clients in all types of financial emergencies, including creditor lawsuit defense – credit card defense – foreclosure defense – debt elimination, reduction and settlement – tax elimination, reduction and settlement – and loan and mortgage modifications, as well as chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcies.

In 1990, Rich graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. In 1996, he graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree and a position on the Dean's List.

Rich is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois State Courts including the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition, Rich is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Rich regularly attends Continuing Legal Education programs sponsored by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

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Location

Fonfrias Law Group, LLC.
125 South Wacker Drive
Suite 300
Chicago, IL, 60606

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  74 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | October 18, 2022
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Happy client
I met with Richard to discuss my options and choices about bankruptcy or chapter 13 ,adter going over all my information he recommended both for my particular circumstances he was straightforward and explained everything so i understtod the processes and how they can help me .i would recommended him to anyone i knew who needed his services !!!!!!
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Response from Richard Fonfrias October 19, 2022
Thank you! Please call me anytime.
Posted by Jared | December 16, 2020
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Extremely Helpful
I would highly recommend Rich's services. He made this whole process easy and took care of my needs. He was available after my initial payment to answer any questions I had and to handle all court proceedings. He always got back to me in a timely manner. He explained everything in layman's terms and helped me get back on my feet.
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Posted by Francisco | September 16, 2020
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Great Work
Because the pandemic, my wife and I had to file to bankruptcy. Richard and his staff did an outstanding job. They gave us the right advice and at the right time. They always were there for us with prompt answers and solutions. He managed the case just perfectly and we got the discharge according with his projection. We really appreciate what he and his staff did for us and now we can have a new start free of debt. Thanks Rich.
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Posted by Laura | August 31, 2020
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Bankruptcy decision
We went to Richard on the advice of a friend as we had to make a decision on doing a bankruptcy. We met with Richard and he put us at ease right away. With his knowledge he laid out two plans for us based on what we wanted. Happy to say we were able to save our house and rebuild our credit with his guidance and advice. He was always available whenever we needed it. He office answered any questions we had and even checked in on us. He took what may have been a horrible situation and made it better.
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Posted by Shari | August 15, 2020
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Gets the Job Done The Right Way
Rich and his team truly understand the concept of good service. During my search for a lawyer, I met with a few different options, and they were all the same. The very first meeting with Rich, he explained the process through the end and was there every step of the way. Any time I would reach out, Rich was right there with a reassuring, helpful response. No hoops to jump through, no being left in the dark. Rich and his team did everything possible to make the process go smoothly, in which it did. They offered helpful advice and coaching and they were just overall an amazing team to work with. They always have the client’s best interest at heart.
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Posted by Danni | August 10, 2020
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A client driven professional
He was recommended to us by another attorney, and I can't say enough about Rich. He is professional, efficient, courteous, friendly, and very easy to talk to. He has made a very difficult financial decision easier to undertake and finalize. He is always there whenever I have a question or issue. He called just to see how things are going and if we are doing OK. I definitely would recommend Rich to anyone who is going through financial hardships, and need legal advise/assistance. Without a doubt, he is his client's best advocate and supporter. He does whatever it takes for his clients to succeed and get on their best financial track.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2020
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You Always Options
In going through the unknown of bankruptcy, Rich was complete and thorough in the steps and proceedings of my case. Him and his team were always professional and prompt on replies. He gave me his recommendations based off my unique circumstance and ultimately made a rough situation not so bad. As this wise man likes to say “you always have options”.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2020
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Rich is the BEST!!!
Rich has been helping me with my bankruptcy for the past 2 1/2 years. He is an amazing attorney and knows what he's doing at all times. He's always been very responsive and extremely professional. He's helped me get my life back on track, and I would recommend him to anyone. I give him 5 Stars!
Posted by Faizan | May 8, 2020
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Knowledgeable seasoned integrity driven attorney hired by me for debt settlement
It has been a pleasure working with Richard. He is a gem. I hired him for debt settlement. He is patient, knowledgeable and honest. He walked me threw all options and provided me with the right recommendation to settle my debt. I was hesitant to move forward with him but he alleviated all concerns without pressure. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2020
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Bankruptcy
Retained rich fonfrias as my attorney.from initial consultation through processing all the required legal documents.It was due diligence.Mr Fonfrias.is the standard all attorneys should be held to.A true professional in the field of law.thank you Mr fonfrias.william
Response from Richard Fonfrias October 24, 2022
Thank you for trusting me to help you. Let me know how you're doing.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2019
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Fonfrias Law Group
Fonfrias Law Group was truly professional at handling my chapter 13 case. My case was very complex. Rich and his team were there for me every step of the way. Great communication and quick response time to set my mind at ease. I highly recommend Fonfrias Law Group.
Response from Richard Fonfrias November 21, 2019
Thank you for the review. Glad to help!! Please let me know how you are doing.
Posted by Graham | August 6, 2019
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The BEST Credit Attorney Out There!!
I cannot speak more highly of Rich! I hired Rich to help me deal with credit card debt that was completely overwhelming me, both personally and financially. I'm not a lawyer, nor do I know much about Credit/Debt Law, however, Rich is an absolute expert! Rich took the time to meet with me, understand my situation, and lay out several different plans to help resolve this matter accordingly. The biggest takeaway from hiring Rich is that he TRULY CARES! He's an excellent listener and really takes the time to get to know you so that he can help provide the best solutions out there. He has been there for me since the first day I hired him and has also been there for me at all times of the day and night. He responds quickly and promptly to any questions that arise via email or phone calls, makes himself available to you without hesitation (or additional costs), and does it all out of his genuine interest in helping you get through your troubled/difficult times. Dealing with any of this can often be embarrassing, demoralizing and deflating, but Rich works with you to ensure that you don't feel any of these things, but rather, calm, optimistic, and positive about your potential outcomes. Prior to hiring Rich, I had been dealing with a Large Bank, lawsuits, their attorney's, and countless court appearances on my own for over two years. After I found Rich, and hired him to represent me, he helped resolve my credit/debt issue within just three weeks...THREE WEEKS! In hindsight, I should have hired Rich a long time ago, but better late than never I suppose. After years of pain, suffering, and my credit score being absolutely terrorized, Rich worked with me to help move forward and get back on the right track. What separates Rich from other Debt Attorneys out there is that he GENUINELY CARES! He puts himself if your shoes and acts as if he was the one dealing with the weight, pain and suffering of being victim to credit card debt. He's a consummate professional who knows Debt, Credit and Bankruptcy Laws better than anyone I've ever met, and anyone would be lucky to have him in your corner. Again, I can't speak more highly of Rich and his attention to detail, his uncanny ability to work with you, and most importantly, the genuine care Rich brings to the table...which is often hard to find with ANY Attorney out there. If I could give Rich 10 stars I would! It's my hope that anyone out there who is struggling with debt, credit troubles or potential bankruptcy, reads this and gives Rich a call...it's 100% worth your time! He's truly one of a kind and, speaking from my experience working with him, is someone that I would recommend ten times over! Thank you, Rich! You are not just a fantastic Attorney, but also an incredible individual and I wouldn't be where I am today without your assistance!
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Response from Richard Fonfrias September 27, 2019
Happy to help! Please let me know how you're doing.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
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Success
Richard is a nice man and my bankruptcy case was conducted and executed as promised. Full ch. 7 debt relief.
Response from Richard Fonfrias September 27, 2019
I appreciate your review. How are you doing?
Posted by Lilliam | April 15, 2019
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A Man of His Word
To Rich Fonfrias, my attorney, I want to start off by saying that is has been 5 years since you last settled my case. Once again a few days ago, I had to reach out to you regarding another matter. First of all, it is very rare that attorneys answer their calls. This makes you unique from the rest of the other attorneys. You always answer your phone calls no matter how busy you are. If for some reason you might be in court and cannot answer a call, I can rest assure that by the end of the day you will call me back. I know that you have lots of clients, so your prompt responses really mean a lot to me. You have given me both emotional, professional and guidance with my case. I remembered being so overwhelmed and in the verge of having a nervous breakdown, you blew me away by your integrity and hard work. I am so very grateful for all your efforts and excellent work you did and continue to do as my attorney. When I needed you the most, your legal and professional expertise always went above and beyond my expectations. I am grateful for all your dedication and passion that you have as an attorney. I would like to say once again, “Thank You” for continuing to be there for me through my most challenging moments in my life. Sincerely, Lilliam E Tud Client
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Response from Richard Fonfrias September 27, 2019
Thank you Lilliam, how are doing?
Posted by Cynthia | March 7, 2019
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Thank you
You and Jenn have both been really great! Before I met you, I tried to do everything on my own and was under so much stress. I didn't sleep well and was over my head with too much to handle. Hiring you has been the best decision I made. Both of you answered my questions and helped me through a very difficult time. I highly recommend anyone who needs a good attorney to hire Rich. Never ever do it on your own!
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Posted by Samer | December 4, 2018
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The ONE
I am speechless in front Mr.Fonfrias level of professionality and support, for the first time I felt that an attorney deal with me as a human, taking care by listening to my personal story, when I left his office in the first time I visited him, my heart told me "This is the ONE" and he was, I feel relief now after I get my discharge order, as I felt relief when I first met Mr.Fonfrias, I also must mention his great wonderful case support through Ms. Jennifer Moore, who was handling my case step by step, answering my cumulative questions in a professional way mixed with patient and understanding for my stress that I had during my case review, not mentioning that Mr.Fonfrias and Ms.Jennifer always answer on the spot without long waiting, if they were busy, they would call you back definitely. Those words I wrote came from my heart, am so thankful for both of you, you make me free again, taking with me the wisdom of how the person must handle his financial resources wisely. I Love you both. Samer.
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Response from Richard Fonfrias September 27, 2019
Thank you for also referring family members to me. I'll take good care of them.
Posted by Ted | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Bankruptcy Lawyer!
Richard and team got the job done! I had a difficult bankruptcy that Mr. Fonfrias and team worked hard on and got me my discharge. Richard Fonfrias knows his stuff and the bankruptcy law. Therefore, I would recommend Mr. Fonfrias for any bankruptcy you may be unfortunately dealing with.
Posted by William | November 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I Recommend Mr. Fonfrias
I am very pleased with the services Mr. Fonfrias and his team provided for me. Mr. Fonfrias made the whole experience easy and painless. He filed quickly and ensured everything was in line and taken care of. He was there for any questions throughout the whole process and I honestly believe he cared about my situation and takes pride in the services he provides. Thank you Mr. Fonfrias.
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Posted by Saba | September 22, 2018
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Highly Recommended!
Richard is patient, professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Taking my case to him, I did not feel rushed. As a matter of fact Richard walked me through the process step by step in a comforting manner that everything is going to be okay in the end. Having worked with him and his staff (Heath, and Jen) it has been a great experience given the complexity of the circumstance. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone looking for a professional, and trustworthy attorney!
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Response from Richard Fonfrias November 10, 2018
I'm happy I could help you. Please let me know how you're doing.
Posted by Matt | August 17, 2018
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Great attorny - I highly recommend
The decision to file for bankruptcy and the process of doing so is a difficult and unpleasant task - and one which takes several months to complete. Rich and his team did an excellent job in the execution of my filing and reassuring me every step of the way. I could not have asked for a better team throughout this entire process.
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Response from Richard Fonfrias August 18, 2018
Thank you Matt!! Please let me know how you're doing now that we've filed.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 4.9 (Concern)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Suspension issued in IL, 2022
updated on 12/06/2022

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

Richard's comment: “I regret that this occurred during a very difficult time when I was dealing with the illness and death of my father.”

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Fonfrias Law Group, LLC.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Ernesto D. Borges, Jr, PC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Robert J. Semrad
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Managing Attorney
  • Legal Remedies
  • 2003 - 2006
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ryan William Thiede
  • All debts discharged
  • In Re Ludivina Pavey
  • 300th case confirmed
  • In Re james Bowen
  • Award for injured worker

Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institiute
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Panel member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Federal Reserve
  • Money Smart Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Lawyers Network
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Complaint Free
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Clent's Choice
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
  • 5 Years Complaint Free
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Complaint Free
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • Complaint Free
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • Complaint Free
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Justinian Society Newsletter
  • Citation To Discover Assets
  • 2015
  • jdsupra.com
  • Bankruptcy Might Help If Unpaid Parking Tickets Result In Your Drivers License Suspension
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Radio
  • Radio Show
  • 2018
  • Consumer Law Committee
  • Bankruptcy Seminar
  • 2009
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • How to Tell if a Consumer is a Good Candidate for a Chapter 13 or a Chapter 7
  • 2009
  • Bill Moller Show
  • Debt Relief
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
Endorse Richard
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is one of the better lawyers I know. He isn't afraid to take on a tough case and guide a client to a successful end. He fights hard for his clients, which isn't as common as it should be."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have know Richard for a number of years. I have found him to be professional, knowledgeable, and extremely competent. He is a respected attorney among the bankruptcy community. Finding the right bankruptcy attorney is important. Richard possesses the requisite knowledge and skills to accomplish his client's goals and ensure his client's success."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Rich for about 10 years and we've previously worked together in bankruptcy practice. He is very responsive to clients' needs and really takes the time to understand a client's situation and provide appropriate advise. I've referred clients to Rich in the past and would do so again without hesitation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sometimes my office is contacted by individuals who seek guidance with their debt. I am confident recommending that these individuals discuss their debt with Rich and know that he will handle their particular situation professionally and strategically."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Richard Fonfrias for many years. He is very knowledgeable, well respected and well liked in the legal community. As an Attorney he is a very strong advocate for his clients. He is an expert in his field of Bankruptcy from Chapter 7 to Chapter 13. Most importantly he is honest and a man of great integrity. I highly respect and endorse Attorney Fonfrias."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"What higher endorsement can I give by the fact I refer my bankruptcy clients to attorney Fonfrias. Highly recommended."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer, in addition to working with Richard Fonfrias on several Bankruptcy matters I had the pleasure of working with him while we were colleagues over 15 years ago. I found and observed him to of the highest ethical character and legal ability, and would not hesitate to recommend his services to my clients ."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is one of my "go to's" in the bankruptcy world. He is extremely knowledgeable about bankruptcy and debt issues and is very good with his clients. I highly recommend Richard for any and all of your bankruptcy needs."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Richard for 7-8 years now. He has been my opposing counsel on dozens of bankruptcy cases over the years. He is a very knowledgeable bankruptcy lawyer and is well respected and well liked in the legal community. He is a strong advocate for his clients, but above all, he is a man of great integrity. I highly respect and endorse Richard."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Richard for 14 years and highly recommend him to any client who is in need of bankruptcy assistance or financial reorganization. Richard is a smart, conscientious, and detailed oriented attorney who is well known in the bankruptcy field. I have seen his performance in Court over many years and his clients' interests are his first priority. You are in good hands with Richard."
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Chicago Lawyer Richard George Fonfrias
Richard George Fonfrias
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Chicago, IL
Licensed for 27 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details