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David Justin Harelik

also known as D. Justin Harelik, Westgate Law

About me

Justin Harelik has a singular goal: to get people out of financial distress and move them to financial stability and prosperity. He does this by combining 15 years of in-depth experience in bankruptcy, credit management, debt negotiation and student loan modifications, and he does it with both English and Spanish-speaking clients.

Mr. Harelik shares his insights into bankruptcy and financial recovery through a weekly article he publishes with, as the Bankruptcy Adviser, which has been picked up and run hundreds of times on,,,, and numerous of other sites. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and interviewed by Spanish television powerhouse, TeleMundo. Hundreds of law firms throughout the country have linked Mr. Harelik’s columns to their sites and used his information to help their clients.

Mr. Harelik received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and his B.A. in English and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently he is a member of both the State Bar of California and Texas and is admitted to practice in the Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern District of California.

Mr. Harelik has spent a year studying in South America, and speaks fluent Spanish. He is also a volunteer Big Brother for the Los Angeles Division of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The most important moments for Mr. Harelik are helping people turnaround financial disaster into financial success and spending time with his family as the resident “tickle monster” to his two young daughters.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 60%
    11 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Chapter 13: 35%
    11 years, 400 cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 5%
    11 years, 300 cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Neil Evan Schwartz

    I have worked with Justin in the past and he has zealously represented his clients. He provides many creative solutions to otherwise difficult problems.


    Neil Schwartz Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Francis Xavier Ruggier

    Justin zealously represented his client but always in a professional manner allowing us to reach a resolution that all parties could live with. Justin's knowledge of the law and the issues was very good. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a good consumer bankruptcy attorney.


    Francis Ruggier Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Westgate Law

15760 Ventura Blvd Ste 880
Encino, CA, 91436-3044


TXInactive 201307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerWestgate Law2013 - Present
Bankruptcy Advisor - Weekly ColumnBankrate.com2005 - Present
AttorneyPrice Law Group. Los Angeles, California2008 - 2013
AttorneyWestgate Law2006 - 2008
AttorneyPrice Law Group. Los Angeles, California2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted2005 - Present
Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys AssociationChair2008 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of Wisconsin, MadisonEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Short Sale symposiumLife After Bankruptcy2012
Career Services WorkshopHow to find a job after law school2005