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Nicholas Joseph Bontrager

Debt collection Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Debt collection
    Helping consumers be free of unlawful debt collection abuse and harrassment.

    15 years, 3 cases

  2. Class action
    Representing classes of aggrieved consumers whose rights have been violated pursuant to various consumer protection statutes both in CA and Federally

    11 years

  3. Credit repair
    Helping consumers dispute and remove false, incorrect and erroneous marks on their credit reports.

    15 years

  4. Debt settlement
    Helping consumers resolve outstanding debts with creditors and collection agencies.

    15 years

Nicholas J. Bontrager (Nick) received his J.D. from the University of La Verne College of Law in 2007 and his B.A. in Law and Society with a Minor in Global Peace and Security from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2004. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in December of 2007, and is admitted to practice in all District Courts in California, the District Court of Colorado, the District Court for Northern Florida, and the District Court for Northern and Southern Illinois as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nick has concentrated his practice in consumer protection his entire career. Prior to co-founding Martin & Bontrager, APC, Nick spent four years as Department Head of a leading national consumer law firm where he managed the firm’s nationwide practice before leaving to manage the consumer finance department of another of the nation’s leading consumer law firms for nearly three years, where he added several years of lead class action counsel experience to his resume, including acting as lead counsel in the TCPA text message class action brought against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Over the course of his career, Nick has acted as lead or co-counsel in over 5,000 individual and class action consumer claims which have either successfully settled prior to litigation, settled during litigation or prevailed at trial. In 2009, Nick was named the 2nd “Most Active” FDCPA attorney in the United States by Webrecon, LLC, representing well over 300 consumers in federal courts alone. Nick is a member in good standing with the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and has also acted as guest speaker at events concerning consumer law matters.



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Martin & Bontrager, APC
6464 W. Sunset Blvd.
Ste. 960
Los Angeles, CA, 90028


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Posted by Natashia | October 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Brillient Lawyer
I think Nick Bontrager was the best for me when I hired him. He is vary knowledge and professional. I really happy to work with him. If need again I will hire him. Highly recommend his work.
Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2021
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Exceptional Service
I contacted Martin & Bontrager Law Firm regarding creditor harassment calls. Nick and his team were absolutely exceptional with settling several cases successfully, they were dynamic, trustworthy, reliable, responsive and went above and beyond. They recommended Sanaz for support with filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and worked together with her and her team to support me in the process. The entire team worked in cohesion and cooperation. My consumer debt was successfully discharged and I received money by settling a harassment cases by the great work of Nick andTom. I felt they looked out for me, crossed every t's and dotted every i's. Thank you so much! I highly recommend hiring them!
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Posted by Justin | August 6, 2019
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TEN stars... read why!
I had reached out to the firm after a collector... would not stop! 3-4 calls per day, you might have a similar situation; ?? and I must say the personalized and FAST service- was outstanding. The end result was better than hoped; and I know that if you take the time to consult with Nick and his firm- you have now found your attorney. Spare yourself the exhaustion of looking further. Seriously- I could not be happier with the whole process, their "attitude". Extremely professional- call them! Glad I did, you will be too. That was my experience.
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Posted by Shelly | September 16, 2015
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Brilliant Lawyer
Nick Bontrager is not only an amazing lawyer and great at what he does, he is a kind down to earth person. Nick successfully worked on a few cases for me. He explained everything in words I could understand and always kept me up to date on the progress. I would 100% recommend Nick to my friends and family.
Posted by Carla | August 19, 2015
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The Best in Town
Nick Bontrager is best attorney, he is very knowledgeable, kind and very honest. Nick has worked on many cases for me . I would recommend him to all my friends and family. He is very trustworthy and he explains the process and how things work. I thank you so much Nick.
Posted by Colleen | August 19, 2015
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Consumer Protection Case - Telephone Consumer Protection
Nicholas Bontrager became my attorney when I called the Consumer Protection Agency in Washington DC. He then forwarded my case one Attorney, who forwarded it to Mr. Bontrager. I was getting non stop harrassing telephone calls every month for a loan payment when in fact the loan was being paid every month and was current. The first thing that Nicholas did was explain to me what my rights were and the law that were being violated by the company. If I had any questions at all, he was very informative and made me feel very confident in him. As it turned out I have been awarded a settlement for all the duress I endured, and that this company is to never call me again. If it wasn't for Nicholas fine work as my lawyer, I don't know what I would have done. He is an excellent lawyer and knows the laws pertaining to what I had to endure. I wouldn't hesitate one minute to definitely suggest him to any one if they were having any type of debt or consumer protection issues. He definitely will get the job done. He is very friendly and makes you feel very at ease and confident that he is there to help you every step of the way. I am very lucky to have him as my lawyer, and won't hesitate to use him again if I need his help.
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Posted by Cedric | August 18, 2015
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Above and Beyond
I feel compelled to write a review for Nicholas Bontrager because of how he went above and beyond with his professionalism and service. I got multiple credit cards debt problems and Nick will just spending his time and effort helped me get my case resolved. If you guys have problem with any debts issues, you have to contact Nick. Someone who knows the laws and know the way to fight for you. Also he is super responsive, most of the time you will get a response back from him within minutes. Unless he is busy working on a case with clients or in court. I highly recommend Nicholas Bontrager as our lawyer. Please don’t hesitate to contact him. This is someone you can trust with your difficult life issues because he cares about his clients.
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Posted by Judy | December 16, 2014
Wonderful Advocate
Several years ago during the height of the recession, I lost my business, my job, heading toward bankruptcy and had numerous creditors contacting me and I was extremely depressed and anxious about my situation. I found Nick online. He was a tremendously calming person and extremely competent attorney who helped me stop many of the collectors activities and I also received monetary recoveries from collectors who violated the law. He's definately someone to have in your corner.
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Posted by Shirin | December 11, 2014
Nick is the best person to help get your debts and credit in order!
Nick has been extremely helpful and efficient in getting several accounts on my credit to settle up. Now I feel like my credit will be returned to its previous good standing in the near future!
Posted by Nan | December 5, 2014
My experience with Mr Bontrager could not have been better! My case took awhile but I never felt forgotten. Mr Bontrager is very knowledgeable and professional and very quick to return my calls. I was very pleased with the work he did for me, he immediately stopped the calls and the settlement that I received was more than I every expected! I highly recommend Mr Bontrager to anyone who may be having trouble with harassing phone calls, you wont be disappointed,!!!
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Posted by Louis | December 4, 2014
I talked to Nick ,brought him up to speed with my situation and he said he could make the phone calls stop........and they did. Nick was great through the whole process, kept me updated and settled it much faster than I anticipated. If you are intimidated with the law, and what your rights are, call Nick he will educate you. I HIGHLY recommend Nick Bontrager.
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Posted by Deanna | December 4, 2014
I never expected I would ever need a lawyer. But when I did, Nick was there to answer all my questions and guide my husband and I in the right direction. He is very knowledgable and knows the right way to help me understand "legal Jargon." Never did I feel like he was out to just get a pay check, but more like he truly cared about our well being. I will recommend Nicholas as a lawyer to anyone. He is like fresh air when you life feels foggy.
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Posted by Craig | December 4, 2014
Exceptional attorney!
Nick has helped me out on a few cases and he did excellent. He did everything he said he was going to do. Very reliable, very informative, and a true professional. I would highly recommend Nick to anyone for any kind of legal advice or help concerning debt collectors.
Posted by Christine | November 22, 2014
A Great Advocate!
Nick Bontrager has handled 2 separate cases for me and is a true professional. At a time that can be very stressful and frustrating, I felt relieved to be in such competent hands. Nick kept me up to date on the details of my case, he returned my calls in a timely manner and never made me feel like I was just one of his many clients. In the end, both my cases were settled in my favor as Nick assured me they would be. I highly recommend Nick because In this field, you will find no better representation than Nicholas Bontrager.
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Posted by James | January 8, 2014
Very Professional Attorney
I was searching for an attorney to deal with a particular retailer persistently trying to harass me over a debt. I found the Law office of Todd Friedman, and my case was assigned to Nick Bontrager. I was quite impressed by Nick’s vast knowledge of debt collection harassment laws as well as his insight into debt collection tactics. I was really impressed with Nick’s dedication to my case. Nick put me at ease when we were at mediation, he was well organized, factual, and articulate, a true professional. Attorney Nick Bontrager assisted me in obtaining the very best outcome with my case. I was assured throughout the entire process and I am very thankful to Nick Bontrager and the rest of the staff at the Law Office of Todd Friedman. I highly recommend anybody being bothered and harassed by debt collectors to give Nick Bontrager a call at the Law Office of Todd Friedman.
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Posted by TROY | May 1, 2013
THE BEST IN TOWN.............
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Posted by Melanie | April 25, 2013
He is very professional, courteous and doesn't judge you. He kept me very informed and treated me with respect. I would HIGHLY recommend if you need help in this area. Thanks for everything!
Posted by Stephen P. | April 22, 2013
Consumer Law Ninja
Mr. Bontrager assisted me with a few collection agencies that were violating the FDCPA and FCRA. At the end of the day he settled the cases and the account were removed from my credit. He did an awesome job and kept me informed all the way through the process.
Posted by Ben | October 8, 2012
Exceptional Attorney--Exceptional Results
I've worked several cases with Nick throughout the past year or so. Nick handles each case with the utmost professionalism and dedication. He has always kept me in the loop and let me know my options. Nick has even taken over cases that other FDCPA attorney's could not resolve and he has successfully settled those cases. His knowledge of the FDCPA and other consumer issues is extensive and he knows how to get the victory for his client. I would highly recommend Nick to anyone in need of a consumer attorney. You will not be disappointed.
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Martin & Bontrager, APC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior/Managing Associate
  • Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Department Head - Consumer Finance
  • Krohn & Moss, Ltd.
  • 2008 - 2012


  • Univ of LaVerne COL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Ari Friedman v. LAC Basketball Club, Inc.
  • Class Wide Settlement Finally Approved
  • Sayan Aboudi v. T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Received final approval of class wide settlement from United States District Court


  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • CAC Region 5 Annual Conference
  • Tales from the Plaintiff's Side, Pt. 2
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (19)
Endorse Nicholas
Class action Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Nick is a very smart, professional and tenacious advocate. I think he is one of the good guys. I highly recommend Nick for any type of consumer advocacy."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nick's skill and passion is evident from his excellent work. He understands how to litigate against persons or companies of any size, but also balances the economics of cases so clients are not forced to spend "good money after bad." I never hesitate to refer a client to Nick's office. In the legal profession, you get what you pay for, and hiring Nick is worth every dollar."
Class action Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Nicholas for a number of years now and know him to be a top-notch attorney. Nicholas' knowledge of consumer law is unsurpassed which has earned him the respect of defense attorneys across the country. Based upon my first hand experience, I know that Nicholas strives to obtain the best result for every single one of his clients."
Debt collection Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of consulting with Mr. Bontrager on a number of both FDCPA and TCPA matters. Mr. Bontrager is an expert in consumer law litigation, and advocates tirelessly on behalf of his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Bontrager."
Debt collection Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nicholas is a fantastic advocate. I have had the pleasure of working with him on many cases and I have always learned something from the process. He is very thorough and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him."
Debt collection Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nicholas Bontrager is an excellent lawyer with vast experience and knowledge of consumer law. I can personally attest to his trustworthiness and diligence in the practice of law. I highly endorse Mr. Bontrager."
Debt collection Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt collection Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Debt settlement Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Nick is a stellar attorney and has successfully handled thousands of FDCPA cases. He is an aggressive yet ethical consumer advocate and I highly recommend him as an attorney."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nick has successfully handled over 1,000 debt collection harassment cases. He is extremely knowledgeable in state and federal court regarding debt collection harassment cases. Whether it's handling a case pre-suit and taking a case to trial, you're in good hands if Nick is your lawyer. I 100% endorse this lawyer."
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Los Angeles Debt collection Lawyer Nicholas Joseph Bontrager
Nicholas Joseph Bontrager
Debt collection Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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