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Frederick William Schwinn

About Frederick Schwinn

About me

I am a licensed attorney admitted to practice in the States of California and Kansas.  I am the shareholder and owner of the Consumer Law Center, Inc.  My practice is dedicated exclusively to representing consumer debtors in bankruptcy, stopping predatory and abusive consumer lending practices,  and protecting consumers from illegal debt collection activity.

In 1997, I graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where I organized and volunteered at the law school's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site.  While other law students were training in the law school's legal clinic, I began my legal career in the trenches by filing my own lawsuit against an internet service provider and a credit card company for repeatedly charging my credit card for internet services that I never received.  I opened my law practice directly out of law school and I have been enjoying private plaintiff's practice ever since.

In 1994, I graduated magna cum laude from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.  I passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Examination in 1995 and I currently hold a Kansas Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant.  Before going to college, I worked as a Machinist in a machine shop and as a Maintenance Mechanic in a book bindery.


I regularly volunteer at the Pro Bono Project in San Jose, California and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, California where I conduct more than two dozen consumer seminars on bankruptcy and debt collection defense each year.  I maintain an ongoing pro-bono legal services commitment in the area of consumer and debtor rights.

In addition to being admitted to practice in California and Kansas state and federal courts, I am also admitted in the Supreme Court of the United States and the 9th and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  I was born in Ottawa, Kansas in 1966.  I currently live in San Jose, California.