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Mark Markus

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Burbank, CA

4.9   29 reviews

also known as Mark Joseph Markus

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    70%
    Representation of primarily debtors (but also creditors) in all Chapters of bankruptcy for individuals and businesses.

    33 years

  2. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    10%
    Representation of primarily debtors (but also creditors) in all facets of Chapter 11 reorganization cases for individuals and businesses.

    33 years

  3. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    10%
    Representation of primarily debtors (but also creditors) in all facets of Chapter 13 cases.

    33 years

  4. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Representation of primarily debtors (but also creditors) in all facets of Chapter 7 cases for individuals and businesses.

    33 years

"I WISH I HAD COME TO YOU FIRST" IS THE MOST OFTEN HEARD COMMENT FROM MY CLIENTS.

I am a Certified Specialist in bankruptcy law  by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau.

I have practiced exclusively bankruptcy law in the Los Angeles area, and throughout California, representing individuals and businesses in Chapters 7, 11, and 13, since 1991. 

I pride myself on giving personalized, quality service to all my clients at affordable and competitive prices. 

I have offices in Burbank, California and have free initial consultations by phone as well for all clients.

 

 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2020,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2023 2020 2012 + 1 ...
Top Contributor 2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2017 2016 2015 + 3 ...

Photos and videos

My dog, Katie.
My Burbank Office at 2600 W. Olive Ave. near Buena Vista St.

Location

Law Office of Mark J. Markus
2600 W. OLIVE AVE. 5TH FLOOR
Burbank, CA, 91505
Law Office of Mark J. Markus
355 S. Grand Ave. Suite 2450
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mike | July 29, 2015
The most responsive Attorney I have ever come accross!
I dont know where to start about Mark. I am in the initial stages of my BK and am BEYOND impressed with his Follow up an attention to detail. He responds early in the morning and late at night, usually within 20 minutes of my emails! I have had access to several Attorneys over the years, and NONE have come even remotley close to having his impeccable follow up and response. My case is certainly complex and involves mulitple Tax years, but Mark has very clearly explained my options and given me his advice (Which is invaluable since Im lost on what to do). I was originally going to go with an Orange County firm near my house, but during the consult, the Attorney almost acted like I was bothering him with my questions and was just waiting for the consult to be over. I can see why Mark gets the ratings he does, I am more than satisifed at this point and have FULL CONFIDENCE that I have chosen the right Attorney!
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Posted by David | November 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
Very satisfied with MJM's service. I had no experience with bankruptcy and he answered a number of my questions up front before I paid retainer, which was a big help in deciding which direction to go. Others would not answer any questions until retainer was paid so you'd have no idea of their knowledge until too late. He was also very quick in replying to my emails where he answered all my questions, which is great when you're going through the stress of a bankruptcy. He was thorough, patient, and diligent. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Kenny | January 19, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing BK lawyer!
I retained Mark Markus for my chapter 7 BK, and he was absolutely amazing. He pretty much knows every single in & out of the BK process. He was very specific in what paperwork he needed, and he was very thorough. Do yourself a favor and retain his services!
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saving!
Working with Mark was fantastic. After the initial consultation, Mark quickly and kindly answered all my questions and concerns, laid out a road to recovery, and made me feel completely in control. At no point did I feel that I was on my own while working with Mark. He was always reachable, very quick to respond, and fantastically patient. I can’t suggest Mark enough for your needs. I have already connected him with friends and will continue to do so in the future. The ambiguity of what filing actually is was quickly made clear with Mark, immediately eliminating any fear and apprehension I had. The first call with Mark lifted so much weight off my shoulders I cannot put it into words, working with him through the entire process was a pleasure. I cannot suggest his services enough!
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Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Excellent from start to finish. Positive results. Would highly recommend to anyone.
Posted by Anthony | June 21, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark was fabulous. I couldn't have asked for a better bankruptcy lawyer.
Mark was really fabulous to work with. He helped me through a very complicated case. He answered all of my questions and helped me through all of my anxieties. Bankruptcy is a difficult thing to go through, both financially and emotionally. Mark was very understanding of what I was going through. Plus, his service fees are a great value - a very experienced attorney that can handle anything and has seen everything. You will be in good hands if you choose Mark. He is truly one of the best. Thank you so much for helping me through this difficult time.
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Posted by Mary | April 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The Best Experience
Mark was with me every step of the way - he made the experience manageable, even for an anxiety prone person like myself. I highly recommend Mark J. Markus!
Posted by Jamie | January 6, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further - Work with Mark
If you are reading this review, it’s because you have come to the realization you need a bankruptcy attorney. Look no further. Mark Markus was absolutely the best decision we made during this entire process. In working with Mark over these past 5 years, he has been a true advocate. He is honest and direct; his knowledge of the entire bankruptcy process is second to none. Prior to filing I conducted research, read reviews, followed online bulletin boards, and found a lot of horror stories. None of those worst-case scenarios came up with Mark. Even 3 years in, when we hadn’t been in contact for months, if we had a question he would answer within a day. Work with Mark.
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer! Highly Recommended!
Mark went above and beyond to help me with my bankruptcy case even though there was all sorts of extra work and documents that he normally wouldn't have to deal with. He was patient, very informative, timely and answered all my questions no matter how "dumb" they were. He pays super attention to detail and because of all this, our case was successful and I can't thank him enough for helping me! I'd definitely recommend him if you ever need help with bankruptcy! A++ -K
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Posted by Sha-hid | December 13, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
If you need someone to walk you through the process, then look no further. He will help you out with what seems like and endless amount of paperwork, but you come out smooth on the other side. Just ask your questions, and he'll give you the answers. Great job!
Posted by Linda | January 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chapter 7
Filing bankruptcy is overwhelming but Mark supported me throughout each step. He was knowledgeable, thorough and extremely helpful. He showed me kindness and respect. I would recommend him, highly, to anyone in need!
Posted by Felix | February 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good attorney
Mark was helpful, professional, patient, and supportive through out the whole process. I would definitely use his services again should the need the arise and will absolutely recommend him to others.
Posted by Christine | September 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend - thorough, knowledgeable and patient
Mark is incredibly professional, knowledgeable, thorough and kind. Like many I was under an incredible amount of stress during the time that I filed; he was incredibly patient and made the process very straightforward. I am grateful for all of his support throughout my Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and would highly recommend his services to anyone.
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Posted by Erik | September 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want Mark in your corner
It took awhile for me to finally realize I didn't have any other options then to declare bankruptcy. With that came the feelings of failure and projecting what others would think of me. When I finally came time to pull the trigger, I found Mark J. Markus in my internet search. He made the procedure simple, and put me at ease. I had built up the entire process in my head into a massive event where I'd be paraded around a court room and yelled at. I never had to leave home. There was no yelling or accusations. You fill out the paperwork Mark sends you, as truthfully as you can recollect (it's similar to filling out your taxes). If you have questions, you ask Mark. If he has questions, he asks you. Just read the other reviews here, and you'll realize you're putting yourself in good hands with Mark J. Markus.
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Id give him a sixth star if it was an option.
Within minutes of working with Mark I knew I was in professional hands. His clear level of experience, responsiveness, and genuine care can not be understated. He effortlessly made every step of the process not only possible but kept me confident and feeling like everything was going to work out.
Posted by Manny | January 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, helpful and professional
Me and my wife tried every possible way to avoid heading into bankruptcy, but there was no chance. Looked up Mark on google and the reviews were true. Mark knows the law and is very meticulous about every single paperwork needed and/or missing. Worth every penny. Also, it's worth mentioning that because I'm a Veteran with disabilities, our case happened to fall under special circumstances as we were preparing the paperwork for a chapter 13 because of my wife's income. There was a new law passed by the president, the HEAVEN Act, which helped turned our initial Chapter 13 petition into a Chapter 7, so Mark, who just learned of this new law as we did made sure we were squared away with all our paperwork needed to petition a Chapter 7 successfully. This was very important because the Trustee did not know of the new law either, and Mark made sure that our case and paperwork were solid. Despite the issues with the trustee thinking we had discrepancies, which we didn't, we provided everything to the Trustee that Mark requested, and as of this week we have received our discharge. It may seem daunting, but after he takes over, and you do your part carefully it's pretty much a smooth ride, then a waiting game. Mark, thank you for everything!!!
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Posted by Joseph | January 27, 2020
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Not a better lawyer out there!
I couldn't recommend Mr. Markus enough. Not only did he make the whole process of Chapter 7 bankruptcy easy, he was also there every step of the way to answer any and all questions immediately. A big reason why I chose him was how he treated me during our initial phone consultation. He explained how the whole process worked, went over details of my case, and answered all the questions I had. Even when I told him at the end of our consultation that I hadn't decided on who I would choose to represent me (I had a few more initial consultations lined up that day with various lawyers), he STILL gave me valuable advice and answered extra questions I had. This was not the case with other lawyers I spoke with. After making the decision to hire Mr. Markus, I could not be happier. He took care of every detail in my case and it couldn't have been easier for me on my end. If you need a bankruptcy lawyer, I highly recommend Mr. Markus.
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Sued By My Neighbors for MY Property
MR. MARKUS is one of a kind attorney. A rare breed not usually encountered in his profession. He is not representative of the typical 70's cocktail attorney jokes you've heard in the past. He is here to help you navigate through the most trying and stressful time in your life. When it seems like no one cares and others have walked away from you or you feel you're alone in your misery, he is able to give you solid information and demonstrates clear and concise problem solving skills that any lay person can understand and follow. He is not that kind of attorney that strings you along padding his invoices trying to make partner. His motive is to help you get through the dark hole so you can see the light, regain your life and start a new. I have never been so touched emotionally by an attorney that truly had nothing to gain from me other than sincerely trying to help me and my family. Step by step process can be done by emails and scanning documents. You can even scheduled you phone call appointments through his website. The process is very transparent with time lines on payment and anticipated filing dates. You can rest assure he is the one that will give you your life back.
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Posted by Felix | March 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
GREAT LAWYER!
Mark is an outstanding attorney and an exceptional human being. He is not only extremely knowledgeable and well-versed in all aspects of bankruptcy law, but he is also a sincere, kind, compassionate and caring person. Obviously, filing bankruptcy was not a high-point in my life. Along with immense monetary burdens, I was also shouldering a great deal of shame, anxiety and stress. Mark alleviated those burdens. He treated me with respect and kindness. He promptly returned my calls and emails. His professionalism, astute legal mind, and generosity of spirit enabled me to proceed through the bankruptcy process without shame. Knowing I had an attorney who was honest and trustworthy also eased the burden of bankruptcy. I cannot recommend Mark enough, as he is absolutely the attorney you want representing you if and/or when you find yourself having to file for bankruptcy. Again, thank you very much Mark, you are the best!
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Posted by Sister #2 | March 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorny Ever!!
I have just been discharged from my CH 13 plan, and I am very grateful that Mr. Markus was my attorney. He is very intelligent, skilled, wise and very kind. He was with me every step of the way during the whole duration of my CH 13 bankruptcy case. I couldn't have done it without his help. He is an awesome super lawyer!! Thank you so much for everything!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Mark J. Markus
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • Fierstein & Sturman
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Attorney
  • Charles T. Morrison, Jr. Inc.
  • 1990 - 1994

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Zhang
  • Discharge granted
  • In re Jensen
  • Obtained a judgment in favor of the debtors, convincing Judge to rule that keeping those assets didn't rise to "abuse".

Associations

  • Bankruptcy Inn of Court--Southern California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bankruptcy Law Specialist Certification
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • A+ rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
  • AV-Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • A+ rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Lecturer in class "Doing Business in the USA"
  • Business and Consumer Bankruptcy in the USA
  • 2014
  • Paralegal Education Seminar
  • Practical Bankruptcy Techniques for Paralegals
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (19)
Endorse Mark
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Markus provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Markus is a frequent contributor on the Avvo website. His responses are accurate, concise and best of all, practical and useful. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Markus is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Markus for his successes in bankruptcy law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When you are looking for someone to help you with debt issues you want someone like Mark who has the experience and knowledge to guide you through the bankruptcy process."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you have a case in the Los Angeles area, I would not hesitate to recommend Mark. He is both knowledgeable and caring."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Markus is an experienced bankruptcy attorney who has earned the respect of both lawyers and clients alike. If you are in need of help with bankruptcy/debt issues, give him a call. I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is very competent in the areas of Chapter 7, 11 and 13's. I have known Mark for many years now and I always respect his advice and knowledge in bankruptcy."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Atty. Markus. He gives clear and detailed advice and counsel and is certainly an asset to any client. I am proud to consider him a colleague."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Certainly I endorse this lawyer. I know him thru our professional organization,National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Attorney Mark Markus provides detailed and honest postings on AVVO assisting those with various areas of bankruptcy law, foreclosure and debt problems. He is articulate, intelligent, and thorough. Also, his comments show his genuine compassion for his clients. A true professional. It gives me pleasure to endorse him to you."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Markus, I have read many of his posts and I endorse this lawyer as a valuable member of this forum. Attorneys who participate in this forum are providing useful information for those in need and should be commended. Further, the type of information conveyed is in the true spirit of professionalism where information is provided to help those in need which is the underpinning of the legal profession. Often the users of this forum are given second opinions that expand on information or provide contradictory information. Providing information empowers the uninformed to go forward with confronting their legal problems. I recommend and endorse this attorney for all listed areas of practice in his profile."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Joseph Markus is careful about what he says & wants to know all the facts before offering his valued opinion. I can't say how strongly I support his taking this position, as a small difference in understanding the facts often makes all the difference between right & wrong. A superb attorney!"
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Burbank Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Mark Markus
Mark Markus
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Burbank, CA
Licensed for 32 years
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