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Matthew Scott Berkus

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Denver, CO

4.4   22 reviews

also known as Matt Berkus


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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    55%
    I represent individuals and small business facing complex debt and financial challenges and design custom bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy solutions. My primary focus is in helping people facing unique debt challenges such as back taxes, student loans, SBA loans, foreclosure, and business related debts. In addition to unique debt situations, I represent people in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy with credit card debt, garnishment, judgments, repossession, and foreclosure.

    20 years

  2. Tax
    25%
    I represent individuals and small business that owe the IRS back taxes. I focus primarily on businesses facing back pay-roll tax and individuals facing the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty. However, I also help individuals with back income tax debt and negotiate offers in compromise, installments agreements, injured spouse, levy release, lien release, and other IRS debt resolutions.

    15 years

  3. Education
    10%
    I represent individuals in resolving student loan debt. If you have student loan debt, I may be able to help, including bankruptcy discharge, private student loan settlement, and advising regarding federal student loans.

    13 years

  4. Foreclosure
    10%
    People desire real options to foreclosure, not empty promises and hype. I represent inviduals facing foreclosure to either help them stay in their home, or when necessary, leave their home with minimal financial impact.

    14 years

Licensed for 20 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/13/2023
State NV
Status Inactive
Acquired 2002
Updated 12/11/2022

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

Contact Matthew

Berkus Law Office
44 Cook Street
Suite 100
Denver, CO, 80206

Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  22 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Credit Reporting on a Six Year on Bill
Provided a response to let me know that regardless of the bill being six years old that a Bill Collector could place it on your credit report even if the Statue of Limitations has expired.
Posted by James Whitworth | April 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional and Caring
This lawyer has heart and guided me the direction. The way I needed to go.And I appreciated it very much.
Response from Matthew Berkus April 24, 2018
Thank you for your kind words. I am always satisfied to hear that my knowledge and information that I share helped someone out.
Posted by RLMorris | March 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice and Quick Response
We had a very serious education law question. Mr. Berkus counseled us not once, but twice, with candid and on-point information that specifically addressed our unique situation. Furthermore, the speed of his input astounded us, as well as his lengthy and thorough explanation of what for us was a very scary and complicated matter. We highly recommend Mr. Berkus. He has restored our faith in the legal profession. There are still hero lawyers in this world!
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Response from Matthew Berkus March 28, 2018
Thank you for your comment and I am glad to hear you found my information useful and instructive. We appreciate the feedback and it provides us encouragement to continue assisting people. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I am listed as a creditor in a bankruptcy case in which I thought there was potential fraud.
Wow! Matthew gave me an extremely valuable piece of information which confirmed that my specific situation should be evaluated by a local attorney before I pursue 2004 examination.
Response from Matthew Berkus March 3, 2017
Thank you for providing me with feedback and I am glad you found the information that I provided useful. We appreciate the time you took to provide the rating and feedback. I hope your situation works out the best for you. Matt Berkus
Posted by isiliya18 | May 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome
I was told by a friend i could be arrested for being able to pay federal student loan that is in default . I explained my situation and he assured me due to my circumstances I cant be arrested for it. He even gave me some options and insight on how to handle a few other things. He is a great guy.
Response from Matthew Berkus March 29, 2017
Thank you for your rating and feedback. We pride ourselves on providing accurate and useful information. I am glad you found our information useful and it helped put you at ease. I hope your situation workouts for you in the long run. Best of luck and thank you. Matt Berkus.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
How can the REVISED PAYE help me?
Attorney Matthew Scott Berkus took his valuable time to not only answer my questions with obvious experience and expertise but he also shared guidance throughout his many responses. I emphasize "many" responses because I did ask him many (although some were repetitive) questions during our correspondence. He is knowledgeable and tells you truths. I would recommend him for sure. He set my sleepless existence and non stop worrying at ease. THANKS Mr. Berkus!
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Posted by Maria | March 31, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Picture of Professionalism
Highly recommend Matt Berkus if you need help with your financial situation. He is professional, very discreet with his clients and each situation. Super knowledgeable regarding bankruptcy and tax laws - will work with you to develop the solution that best suits your needs.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommend
Matthew could not handle my case because I was out of his practice area. Despite having this knowledge he was still willing to provide me with his thoughts and give me an idea of how to proceed. His counsel was extremely valuable and helped me formulate questions for prospective lawyers who could handle my case. Based on my contact with Mathew I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Deb | March 23, 2015
Attention to detail
I still have some financial ties to my ex husband who filed for bankruptcy last year. Matt Berkus is helping understand what I need to know, where I might be vulnerable and where I have nothing to worry about. His attention to detail through this complicated situation is impressive and the information he is giving me creates the peace of mind that I need to make decisions from an informed place instead of a fearful or reactionary place. Thanks for caring enough to listen to the specific details of my case.
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Posted by Chris A | March 4, 2015
Knowledgeable and Understanding
Matt has been a reliable resource for financial advice. He also has an uncommon interest in the well-being of all his clients. Long story short- Matt cares. He has personally provided me with invaluable direction with my affairs.
Posted by Meagan | February 6, 2015
Legitimate Educator
Matt Berkus knows his stuff. This build up of debt, tax obligation and hefty monthly payment was really limiting us. It felt like our dollar wasnt stretching at all!! It was tight, tense and exhausting in our home. Matt was fantastic!! He educated us on options, multiple directions we can go. We feel in control of our finances vs. being victimized by them. I recommend his services HIGHLY!!!
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Posted by Dru | February 3, 2015
Care + Skill + Experience!
Matt Berkus cares. I find that rare in an attorney. Others just see dollar signs instead of my eyes. If it was just that, I could hire a shrink or see a pastor. After caring first, Matt has the knowledge and skill to chart a course to a better situation and then execute flawlessly to that desired result. Bankruptcy and debt are scary to look at. I'm glad to have Matt in my corner! I can sleep better at night.
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Posted by Peter | February 2, 2015
Great Knowledgeable Bankruptcy Attorney
My name is Peter and I highly recommend Matthew Berkus for your Bankruptcy needs and Debt relief if you ever need his services. I my self filed Bankruptcy over 10 years ago . I did not know Matt at the time but he is the one I can go to for answers for my friends if they need any advice or his services. if I was to file for Bankruptcy again I would use Matthew Berkus in a Heartbeat. Peter N. Highlands Ranch CO
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Posted by Joey | January 30, 2015
Thank you for your expertise and helping us move forward
Matt Berkus has helped us navigate through difficult waters. Matt has not only helped us save thousands of dollars but our business has now been approved for financing and loans that we have been seeking for a long time. Thank you Matt for your consultations that have given us such a great boost to take our business to the next level. - Joey H.
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Posted by Matt | January 29, 2015
Solid Advice
I asked Matt about some fairly detailed, specific scenarios. It turned out that his services *weren't* the best thing for me - that i didn't need his help, given my situation. His in-depth knowledge, though, of how specific details interlocked in my situation set him apart from the other lawyer i talked to. He made solid recommendations for how to proceed, and saved me a boatload of time and money. I wouldn't hesitate to use him, or to refer friends/family/clients to him.
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Posted by Dee dee | August 16, 2013
A Chapter 7 Client
Great lawyer, responds on time , very knowledgeable and very quick to give advice. Thanks!
Posted by Jim | April 15, 2013
Professional and Understanding
Matt helped my wife and I during some difficult times. Major medical issues were the final tipping point. He was understanding and comforting. Not the standard cold manner of other attorneys. Outstanding person and attorney.
Posted by Applewood Ranch | March 26, 2013
Matthew Scott Berkus
Mr. Berkus lives in Denver and therefore isn't close enough for what our issues are at the moment. However, because of the detailed responses he gave us and even follow-up, I gave the above rating, and would definitely hire him if he were in our area. I may contact him regarding a living will anyway at some future point.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Erroneous report of defaulted loan
Consulted with the attorney in two messages. First message was not helpful in that Matt did not have all the info which was sent in a private message. Once having received said private message, Matt understood the situation and advised me as to options. Hopefully the track followed with the school will resolve the issue due to no fault of mie.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not helpful
I had an employment related issue. This attorney was not helpful at all. He basically disregarded my entire concern and said “don’t worry about it.” This gave me the impression of not really seeing things from my side, something I think is a critical soft skill for any attorney. If he expressed more empathy and saw things from my perspective, I would be able to recommend him. However, I was disappointed with my interaction with him and currently can not.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • CEO
  • Reliant Tax Relief, Inc.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Berkus Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Vice President Operations / Client Manager
  • Custer Roberson, LLP
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Omni Financial
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Client Manager
  • Methner & Associates, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Managing Attorney
  • Berkus Law Office, Chtd.
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Van & Ralphs, Chtd.
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (94)
Given (31)
Endorse Matthew
Education Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berkus is a notable Avvo attorney who regularly covers Education-related questions. I've seen his responses for years and know him to be very knowledgeable, especially with regards to student loan issues, and very often completely agree with his advice given. I am confident that his extensive knowledge of higher education legal issues serves his clients very well, especially given that it considered a "niche" area that not many attorneys practice in. I strongly encourage prospective clients considering Mr. Berkus for education-related issues to hire him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berkus is a sharp, experienced attorney, well-versed in a very difficult area of debts and loans, bankruptcies etc. even helping students with loan payments. His responses on AVVO are succinct and accurate, capture the essence of every issue. I endorse him without hesitation."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Education Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Berkus possesses both in-depth knowledge and practical application in this nuanced area of law. I wholeheartedly endorse this attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an asset to the AVVO community. I endorse him."
Education Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and resourceful."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Berkus. He is a truly asset to our legal community. Very helpful on AVVO and a great expert in the field."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is, above all, a very skilled and careful reader. He understands fact patterns before he goes forward on anything. He is a concise writer with a just an appropriate amount of edge. I would not only refer CO cases to him but I would be guided by his judgment as to where I should go for cases outside of his considerable expertise. This is just a winner and I have been glad to make his acquantance."
Tax Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is my go-to tax attorney in Denver. He is an excellent attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berkus is a fine attorney who is knowledgeable and effective, he is an asset to the legal community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His responses are detailed and accurate. Great asset to the AVVO community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a Superb advocate that every client deserves. He'll fight for his clients best interests and gets results! endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Berkus is a dedicated, highly-skilled, knowledgeable lawyer who provides excellent answers to Avvo users. I fully endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berkus is a great asset to the AVVO community and brings great knowledge of bankruptcy and debt collection law. He communicates often complex information clearly and thoughtfully. I always enjoy reading his posts."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Berkus is well-established in the community and is an excellent advocate for his clients. I strongly endorse Mr. Berkus"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected and top-notch lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this hardworking and skillful lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is an excellent attorney with a thorough understanding of bankruptcy issues and is well respected in the legal community."
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