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Leon D Bayer

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.8   57 reviews

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About Leon

Learn Leon’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    25%
    The law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta has successfully represented individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings for over 20 years. We are Certified Bankruptcy Specialists who bring experience, skill and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law. Please contact us today at 800-477-3111 for a free consultation.

    44 years, 15,000 cases

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    25%
    The law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta has successfully represented individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings for over 20 years. We are Certified Bankruptcy Specialists who bring experience, skill and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law. Please contact us today at 800-477-3111 for a free consultation.

    44 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    25%
    The law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta has successfully represented individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings for over 20 years. We are Certified Bankruptcy Specialists who bring experience, skill and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law. Please contact us today at 800-477-3111 for a free consultation.

    44 years, 12,000 cases

  4. Foreclosure
    20%
    The law firm of Bayer, Wishman & Leotta has successfully represented individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings for over 20 years. We are Certified Bankruptcy Specialists who bring experience, skill and creativity to the highly complex area of bankruptcy law. Please contact us today at 800-477-3111 for a free consultation.

    44 years, 2,000 cases

  5. Debt settlement
    5%
    We get great results on debt settlements! Debt settlements allow you to avoid filing bankruptcy.

    44 years

My law firm of BAYER, WISHMAN & LEOTTA, tel. has handled 15,000 Los Angeles bankruptcy cases since 1989. I am a Los Angeles Bankruptcy lawyer with almost 40 years of experience. The Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorneys in my firm are ready to help you. Please feel free to contact me if you think that I can help you.


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I have been practicing bankruptcy law continuously since 1979.

 

The practice of bankruptcy law is extremely satisfying. I know of no other area of law where so much good can be accomplished so rapidly for a client. In most cases we are able to quickly solve problems that have kept our clients sick and sleepless with worry and law is ancient. The oldest record of a bankruptcy case was left on a clay tablet from ancient Babylon, written about 3000 years ago! Abraham Lincoln, in the years before he became president, handled many bankruptcy cases as a regular part of his law practice. The right to claim bankruptcy relief is imbedded in the U.S. Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8.

 

I have actually helped about 10,000 to 15,000 people, (so many I have lost count) overcome a personal debt crisis. I have seen the emotional damage that debt problems cause in someone's life. I have seen how often debt problems can affect everything else in your world, sometimes ruining marriages and careers because of the stress. I am passionate about trying to help people overcome these problems.

 

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Licensed for 43 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1979
Updated 12/01/2022

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

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Bayer, Wishman & Leotta
www.bayerwishmanbankruptcylaw.com
1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1900
Los Angeles, CA, 90017-5468
Bayer, Wishman & Leotta
4326 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA, 90807-2804
Bayer, Wishman & Leotta
16055 Ventura Blvd
Suite 811
Encino, CA, 91436-2610
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  57 customer reviews
Posted by Kevin Aiden | January 14, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
HOME LOAN APPROVED
My recent experience made me understand that the credit score doesn’t matter nearly as much as the actual information in your credit report, few months ago I decided to buy a home suited for my family. I didn’t have the best track record with funds in my past and my credit profile was faulty, as expected my application got turned down. This is both a recommendation and an appreciation of the good job that PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST did for me. After reading various testimonies I decided to give them a trial. And believe me when I say they were up to the task as they cleared all the repos and negative items from my report. My report is squeaky clean. My score is now 803 this might sound sketchy but PINNACLE CREDIT SPECIALIST is a life saver, it’s almost like a miracle. MAIL: [email protected] OR TEXT (480) 420 8331.
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Posted by Sara | August 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Collection Advice
I messaged Leon about a financial group threatening to sue about a payday loan debt I stopped paying in August 2005. I inquired about the statue of limitations based on time that the collection refused to acknowledge and he gave great advice about recording the call and referring them to my attorneys with no charge.
Response from Leon Bayer August 28, 2020
Thank you for the nice words!
Posted by Tim | October 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Lincoln Lawyer
I had a telephone consultation with Leon. Following the advice that he provided lead me to write a gushing review of how much I value his advice. However, that review must have been too gushing, because it was not approved to be published here. Should I need representation in the future, I will be sure to call me Bayer. The reference to Lincoln; "Honest Abraham Lincoln".
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Response from Leon Bayer October 7, 2019
Wow. I would have loved to see that!
Posted by Denise | June 30, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney and Very Responsive
I had a question about the Statue of Limitations regarding a hospital bill. He answered my question thoroughly and cleared up my confusion about the matter. I am very pleased.
Response from Leon Bayer July 2, 2018
Thank you! It is very kind of you to post that.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very appreciative
I am very appreciative of the information that Mr. Bayer's gave me regarding my question/concern.
Posted by Laura | August 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I cannot say enough good things about Leon and his team!
They navigated us through this very scary time with professionalism and grace. They made us feel like everything was going to be okay, and guess what? It was! It's very intimidating to show up on the day where you have mere minutes to explain your case. Most people were there all by themselves but Bayer, Wishman and Leotta sent a representative to help guide us which was awesome. We filed 2 years ago and recently received a collection letter from one of our creditors who had been listed in the bankruptcy filing. We emailed Leon who got back to us within the hour with instructions on what to do. His very affordable service was worth every penny! You won't be sorry if you choose this firm to represent you!
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Logical, Knowledgeable, and Straight Shooting
Leon was extremely gracious with his time in giving me the lay of the land in what to expect as someone whose business partner is going into Chapter 7 and leaving me with a lot of "new to me" debt. I was able to learn from Leon in 15minutes what had taken me 4 days of reading and asking questions through my business partner to his BK lawyer. I'd work with Leon if there was a need.
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Posted by CB | February 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
LEON BAYER
From beginning to end, Mr. Bayer & his team have been there for me in helping me with my BK. At my first consultation with him, he took his time in answering all of my questions (and I had many). Anytime I had a question, I was able to call his office to talk to either his staff or him or email him to get my answer. Im very happy with my result & highly recommend Mr. Bayer & his staff/team.
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Posted by Maria | January 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Appreciated
Thank you Leon Bayer for your wisdom and kindness... your time and truth means a lot to me, appreciate it! Maria
Posted by David | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Being afraid to file bankruptcy when you're hurting...
제프를 8 년간 사용한 후에 (그는 제프 (Wishman)가 아닌 제프라고 부르는 것을 좋아하지만 존경심에서 항상 그를 "위시 먼 (Wishman)"이라고 부르는 파산 변호사입니다.) 위슈 먼 (Wishman) 법에 대한 필요성 때문에 아무에게도 갈 수있는 사람이 하나도 없습니다. 만약 그가 당신을 도울 수 없다면 그는 할 수있는 사람을 알게 될 것입니다! 그는 내가 희망을 잃었을 때 2 파산 신청을하도록 도왔습니다 ... 파산 신청을하기까지는 거의 끝났지 만, 결정하기 전에 적어도 제프와 이야기하십시오. 그가 아주 좋아서, 파산 신청없이 더 나을 것이라고 생각한다면, 그는 당신에게 말할 것입니다 ... 그리고 당신이 서류 정리에 더 유리하면 ... 그는 당신과 조용히, 조용히 이야기 할 것입니다. 당신의 선택을하고, 그리고 나서 그의 회사의 변호사와 직원을 (지젤에서 모든 사람까지 --- 당신의 상황에 대해 훌륭하게 이해하고 있습니다 ... 그리고 내 사생활은 언제나 내 파산에 걸쳐 존중되었습니다 !!)
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Posted by Beau | December 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and reliable
Mr. Bayer was extremely professional and answered all my questions with his knowledge from years of experience. I recommend his services and I wouldn't hesitate to contact him.
Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent!
If you are looking for an honest and down to earth attorney that will respect you, then Leon D Bayer is your attorney. We didn't know which way to turn after the Attorney firm we hired for our chapter 7 bankruptcy ended up to be scammers and took our money and didn't even show at our creditor hearing. If you look on line now the BBB has given Legal Helper's a rating of "F" I thought I was smarter than that, but at the time they did not have a negative comment about them. Attorney Bayer was very sympathetic of to our situation and made suggestions that we should undertake as a consultation. I don't know any other Attorney that would do that and I am the Office Manager of the Clerk of Circuit Court and I intertwine with Attorney's every day. Attorney Bayes is a man of great Stature! Feel confident hiring him...you cannot lose!
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Bayer was helpful and provided specific suggestions
I contacted attorney Leon Bayer in November 2015 by email and requested a phone consultation. He responded quickly by email on a Saturday afternoon and said to call on Monday for a free consultation. When I called his office on Monday, the receptionist was friendly and quickly transferred my call to Mr. Bayer's office. I spoke with Mr. Bayer for approximately 30 minutes. He asked me relevant questions and listened carefully. He offered helpful information and suggestions. I appreciated his perspective and legal advice.
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Posted by Renee | November 23, 2014
Best Lawyer Experience
I was dealing with a very upsetting situation regarding my discharged Chapter 13 and lien strip. I paid a couple other lawyers who gave me different answers and couldn't provide decisive answers. One lawyer charged my a lot and didn't even look at my documents, and then he couldn't give me a definite answer. So, I realized this situation required a very experienced lawyer. Not only did Leon have the experience necessary to give me definite answers, for a very reasonable rate, but I could tell from the minute we spoke he was different - he's a lawyer that is passionate about his work, but more importantly a lawyer whom I trust to care about his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2014
Bayer, Wishman and Leotta
I have been with Bayer, Wishman and Leotta for two years and extremely happy with their expertise and service. They are very knowledgeable in what they do. They have promptly answered all my calls and have given me help with every situation. They are the best lawyers around!
Posted by Steven | July 10, 2013
Outstanding!
When we fell into our situation and needed to file bankruptcy we unfortunately started out with another firm that was nationwide. They were extremely unprofessional, never answered questions we had, and if they did answer a question, they always billed us for a simple question. Fortunately a friend of mine used Bayer, Wishman, & Leotta, and referred us to Mr. Wishman. Mr. Wishman was extremely knowledgeable, open, honest, and friendly. This firm answers every question you have and in a very short time period (usually less than 24 hours) without additional charges. Bayer, Wishman, & Leotta are life savers! This firm is the most honest firm I have ever dealt with, and I have dealt with a lot of law firms in the career I am in! They will not leave you hanging; they will not lie about your finances, and will do everything in their power to assist you when going through a bankruptcy! They use every option the law allows to help you through a BK! One thing I have learned going through this BK, most law firms that handle bankruptcies, also have other clients such as, personal injury claims, legal defense, etc. These types of firms are not the best firms to handle your case! Bayer, Wishman, & Leotta are specialists! They only handle bankruptcies, period! They know these laws completely, unlike the other firms! As the commissioner in my case told us, "This paper work is the done the best I have seen in months!" That comment told us this is the right firm to use! To this day, they still will answer simple questions that rarely come up, without hesitation and my BK was discharged just under 2 years ago! Use them, you will not regret it!
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Posted by David | June 1, 2013
Fantastic!
I have been a small business owner since 1994. As most business owners do, I toiled some 70 - 80 hours per week managing the in-field and onsite daily activities of the business. I was fortunate enough to have enough ord-of-mouth recommendations that I never advertised. Until one day..... The sad story I will make brief. I decided to contract with one of the largest corporations in the world. And I realized that no matter what your contractual agreement says with them, they have the money and legal council to toy with you as they wish. So, I hired a litigation attorney and went to court with them. We won. Then we won a second case. But now I was $20,000 out in legal costs with another 10 cases to go. The time burden alone was destroying my business. So, my litigation attorney and I spoke and it was decided that I would have a better life should I bankrupt the company. He recommended Bayer, Wishman and Leotta. Bankruptcy and the very idea of bankruptcy was not a pleasant thought. The years of hard work I had put into my company was about to vanish before my eyes. Though my company was a C-Corp it was still very personal to me. I contacted Bayer, Wishman and Leotta. We arranged a time to meet for consultation and what basic documents I would need to bring for the meeting. I arrived at a downtown skyscraper and was ready for the cold process. But rather, I was greeted with a smile and an offer of a beverage. My wait to see Mr. Wishman was short. And, my time with him was anything but cold. He patiently listened to my story and based upon his questions and replies, he obviously empathized with me. We spoke about several options and he even suggested that I be absolutely certain I wanted to move in this direction. How's that for a soft sell. So, I left with contemplation and a list of documents I would need to present to him should I move forward. And, move forward was what I did. My fear of an expensive bankruptcy went out the window when we agreed on the terms. And, my fear of being lost in the shuffle went out the window as well. I was anything but a number to them. I felt as though I mattered. And, they processed my documentation much faster that I provided it to them. I reviewed their legal case presentation and they reviewed my review. We discussed strategy and then I had my day in court. When I arrived at the courthouse, they were there waiting for me. So I sat before the judge. That could have felt very alone. But, the support I received was fantastic. My bankruptcy is now final and based upon the handling of my case by Bayer, Wishman and Leotta, I never received a single challenge to the bankruptcy. If you are ever unfortunate enough to have to go through bankruptcy, do not hesitate to contact them. You will be in the best possible hands and you will not be just another number. I am David T...and Bayer, Wishman and Leotta have my highest recommendation. PS: I feel like I have my life back!
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Posted by Marsha | March 29, 2013
Great Customer Service
Mr Bayer was very helpfull and understanding. This company makes you fell like a family member instead of a client. I would highly reconmmend this firm to any one looking a gerat attorney.
Posted by Prasit and Vichitra | February 21, 2013
Very helpful is our first consultation for Bankruptcy case.
He is knowledgeable person, calm, answer all questions we have asked and very helpful. I would recommend anyone looking for good, trustworthy lawyer and responsive.
Posted by Kay | November 5, 2012
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Assistance
Mr. Bayer was the perfect attorney to handle my bankruptcy. He was direct and to the point, but kind and understanding during what is by definition an extremely stressful process. He kept me informed at every step so there were no surprises. After the bankruptcy was discharged, my home went into foreclosure and Mr. Bayer definitely kept me sane during that process. He answered all of my questions (many of them more than once) and provided invaluable advice. I found Mr. Bayer through a friend of a friend of a friend's attorney. To the point, I really had no recommendation, I just got very lucky. To anyone reading this review, I would have to say I believe you would be hard pressed to find a more qualified attorney to handle any situation in his area of expertise.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bayer Wishman & Leotta
  • 1989 - Present
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Los Angeles Free Clinic
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Bankruptcy
  • Peoples College of Law
  • 1984 - 1984
  • Partner
  • Shareholder at Slate and Leoni, A Professional Corporation,
  • 1980 - 1989
  • Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles Municipal Court
  • 1977 - 1977
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Education

  • San Fernando Valley College of Law
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Northridge
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • 861 F.2d 597 Walker v. California Mortgage Service, et. al
  • Win
  • Margell v. Bouquet Investments
  • I won! This was probably the first time I ever represented a creditor. I generally represent debtors, but once in a while I will take on a creditor case if I feel that the creditor is being shafted.

Associations

  • National Panel of Consumer Arbitrators
  • Arbitrator
  • N/A
  • Law Advisory Commission, Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy Law of the State Bar of California.
  • member
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Los angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996
  • California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 1995 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • State Bar of CA Board of Specialization
  • 2007
  • Superlawyer
  • Southern California Superlawyer Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2006
  • Superlawyer
  • Southern California Superlawyer Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2004
  • certificate of Appreciation
  • State Bar of Calif. Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2000
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Free Clinic
  • 1989
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • California Marshal's Association
  • 1983
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of California
  • 1983
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Certified Bankruptcy Specialist
  • Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • N/A
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Publications

  • California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • Bankruptcy Practice- (Contibutor)
  • 2005
  • Matthew Bender publication
  • Contibuting Editor
  • 1992
  • Daily Journal
  • Essentials of Chapter 13
  • 1987
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Seminar
  • Bankruptcy Wisdom
  • 2007
  • Lorman
  • bankruptcy
  • 2006
  • Lorman
  • bankruptcy
  • 2005
  • Annual Meeting
  • bankruptcy
  • 1985
  • Annual Meeting
  • Recent Developments
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Bayer are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leon D. Bayer knows how to protect consumers and small businesses well and offers his sage advice to readers of the Avvo forum. I endorse his legal work in the bankruptcy and consumer debt areas without reservation."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leon Bayer is know to me by reputation. He has been a consumer bankruptcy leader in California for many years. I have recently come to appreciate his answers on AVVO as the most complete and cogent answers on this site."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"Gives sound advice and great contributor."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives solid understandable answers to common and uncommon bankruptcy questions."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt settlement Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bayer is a generous and wise contributor to this forum. I endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent attorney who is both trustworthy and experienced; a rarity in his line of work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Mr Bayer, who demonstrates a high degree of professionalism and dedication to his clients.."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leon works hard for his clients. He is well respected by other lawyers as well as the bench. He knows the law."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
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 | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is an attorney who takes the time to care about clients and answer questions with patience and knowledge."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Shawn Alexander is one of America's Finest Bankruptcy Lawyers, if you need the best in representation call him, you won't be disappointed. I endorse him!"
Debt settlement Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on great answsers I have seen him prepare on Avvo, I endorse this lawyer, who clearly knows his stuff."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who gives so generously to the AVVO community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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