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Gary Eric Merenstein

Debt settlement Attorney at Lafayette, CO

5.0   14 reviews
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Gary

Learn Gary’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Debt collection
    40%

  2. Debt settlement
    40%

    34 years, 30 cases

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    10%
    Collections agencies calling non-stop? Call me for help.

  4. Credit repair
    10%

PERSISTENT, INNOVATIVE, DILIGENT IN PURSUING CONSUMER PROTECTION CASES.

Have You Been Contacted By A Debt Collector?

If so, you may have the right to recover money from collection agencies or lawyers who have contacted you concerning your debts

Many debt collectors routinely violate the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This is a Federal Law which gives you certain rights and prohibits certain methods of attempting to collect debts.

If the Act has been violated, you may have the right to recover money damages.

Mr. Merenstein is the 2021-2022 Recipient of the annual John Marshall Award given by the Colorado Legal Services Program to attorneys in Colorado for their dedication in providing legal services to Low Income and Senior Clients.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2012
Client's Choice
2018 2012

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Location

The Law Offices of Gary Merenstein, P.C.

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Julio | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Debt Attorney and Negotiator
Gary Merenstein was very professional and knowledgeable regarding my particular situation. He deals with debt attorneys and litigation on a regular basis. I appreciated the fact that he fought for me, responded to my emails and text promptly and didn't have a knee-jerk reaction to bankruptcy as an only option. I would highly recommend Mr. Merenstein to anyone going through some debt troubles. He was able to reduce my debt burden by over 80% with the collections' attorney!
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Posted by William | May 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gary cares about his clients!
Gary will take the time to review your information and case and give you the best advice he can on how to proceed and what to expect every step of the way. Gary knows the debt collection industry and how to deal with both the collectors themselves as well as their attorneys and adjuncts. He not only went out of his way to get me the best outcome possible but he tried to figure out all possible ways to make them pay ME for not following the rules and laws concerning debt collection possible. When Gary is on your side the opposing lawyers and collectors pay attention to your case more (in my experience, as I started the process pro se, representing myself, and they were unresponsive to my outreaches until I had Gary) and are more willing to negotiate a better settlement. I would highly recommend anyone that has debt collection letters, issues, or lawsuits to speak with Gary about them and he will advise you as to the best courses of action.
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Posted by Daniel | February 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Plantiff
I consulted Gary about a legal problem. Gary accepted the case and has been diligent in handling the case. He has stayed in contact with me on a regular basis. I feel very confident Gary will succeed in resolving this case in my favor.
Posted by Andrew | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated, knowledgable, hardworking attorney
Gary Merenstein has represented me in a number of cases regarding fair debt collections. Gary Merenstein seems very knowledgeable in his field of consumer protection law and has been dedicated to me, his client. Gary Merenstein has had great success resolving the cases where he has represented me. Gary Merenstein has always treated me fairly and spent the time necessary to explain things to me that I didn't understand. I highly recommend Gary Merenstein as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gary Eric Merenstein
Gary has been very helpful o my case. I also learned from him. He treated me like a person,no matter my troubles.
Posted by Paul | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great personable attorney for debts
I've been using Gary to assist me in my debt needs for a couple of years. Besides being competent in his area of law, he is conscientious, thorough, and friendly. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Matthew | February 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gary is the Best Attorney, Period
I had the opportunity to use Gary Merenstein for both personal and business related legal issues. He is absolutely the best of the best. He takes the time to explain exactly what is going on and why. He is responsive to phone and email contact. More importantly he gets results. My favorite thing about him is that he pays attention to what you say and lets you be actively involved in your own case. He is open minded and doesn't reduce your case to a number or a generic proceeding. I also noticed that does not give up or get intimidated in any way. He litigates to the bitter end. Even when it looks like things are not going to go your way, he will stick with it to get you the results you are due. His rates are more than reasonable and he is the first personal I call whenever I have a legal question about anything.
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Posted by Matthew | March 11, 2014
He stopped the harassment and made them pay for what they put us through!
My wife and I are victims of identity theft and felt helpless when it came to collection agencies. The constant phone calls, threats and notices were almost too much for us to handle. Gary helped stopped the harassment and even got us a check! Thanks, Gary
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2008
Client Review
I have been a client of Gary's for over a decade. In the time I have used his services he not only exceeded my expectations, but was always finding ways to better meet my needs. I have always been kept in the loop as far as updates to new laws and possible changes to statutes. Gary has a profound knowledge of the law he practices, and is always open to give consult when available. Gary has always been straight foreword with any and all fees that are associated with his services. I have never felt brushed aside, or that he ducked out in a case to make a "quick buck". Gary is a shining example of the lawyer we all wish we could have. His knowledge and overall service in his field is unparalleled.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2008
Rl Juhl -Owner -Juhl Trucking
Mr. Merenstein has been my adviser for the last twelve years. I find him very easy to work with. He is fair and able to explain to me, in words I understand, what direction or avenue I should proceed. I have recommend him to others and will continue to do so. Respectfully; R L Juhl
Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2008
Lots Of Help
Gary Has done a great job for me. Keeps lines open through emails or just a phone call. Settles cases fast and makes sure the collector is doing everything by the law.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2008
Great Consumer Advocate Attorney!
I highly recommend Gary Merenstein to anyone in Colorado needing a consumer attorney. Gary cares greatly about his clients. He has gone the extra mile for me and helped me tremendously. I wouldn't hesitate to use his services again!
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2008
Joseph A. Kane
Gary has personally helped me out on a number of debt collection matters. He is a very good person and easy to talk to. He has done a remarkable job for me in each and every case. There are NOT many consumer advocate attorneys out there. I feel that Gary is one of the best in Colorado, particularly for the most vulnerable group of consumers. This is the group that other attorneys do not typically choose to represent; regular people like myself with a job, family, no legal background, and struggling financially in a tough economy. I consider myself very fortunate to have received legal counsel from Gary Merenstein.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2008
Consumer rights attorney
"If you want something done, ask a busy person" certainly applies to Gary. He truly cares about consumer rights and always communicates with clients about the status of their cases. I have placed my trust in him and he has always been courteous, honest, reliable, professional, sincere, and extremely knowledgeble in consumer law. I highly recommend him, and if you have to wait a few weeks for him to get to your case, do it! Gary will get results that restore your peace of mind. He is the best consumer attorney I know, and also a very good person. Sheila Gehlmann
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-50%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gary Merenstein, Attorney at Law
  • 1990 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Clerk for Bradford Stone
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Law Review Member
  • Stetson College Of Law
  • 1989 - 1989
  • Law Clerk
  • The Law Offices of James Essenson
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Law Clerk
  • Mason & Associates
  • 1987 - 1987
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Education

  • University of Florida
  • LLM in taxation
  • 1990
  • Stetson College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Flood v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, LLC
  • prevailed

Associations

  • National Association for Consumer Advocates
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Boulder County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John Marshall Award
  • Colorado Legal Services
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • 2011
  • Boulder County Legal Services 50 probono hours award
  • Boulder County Legal Services
  • 2003
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Boulder County Legal Services
  • 1989
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Publications

  • The Colorado Lawyer
  • Colorado Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services and Least-Restrictive Environment
  • 2010
  • CLE in Colorado, Inc.
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • 2000
  • Lorman Education Services publication
  • How Not to Collect a Judgment
  • 1998
  • Stetson Law Review
  • Authors’ Moral Rights in The United States and The Berne Convention
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pro Bono Training for Consumer and Landlord/Tenant Law
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
  • 2000
  • Collection Law in Colorado
  • How Not to Collect a Judgment
  • 1998

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (5)
Endorse Gary
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. 5 star rating with 10+ reviews."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Gary Merenstein as a fellow attorney for over 30 years. Gary dedicates his practice to handling consumer debt related issues. He is knowledgeable concerning the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and pursues cases on behalf of consumers who are subject to unlawful collection practices. He is a dedicated and forceful advocate on behalf of his clients."
Consumer protection Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary has been one of the leading consumer advocates in Colorado for many years. He knows what works and what doesn't. He understands the court system, juries, and when a creditor is preying on the little guy."
Debt settlement Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gary and I worked together on several matters. He is quite knowledgeable and detail oriented. Afterwards, I reffered several cleints to him. All of them were pleased with the results he obtained. He's a hard worker and committed to his clients."
Consumer protection Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Bankruptcy and debt
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