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William Richard Abelmann

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Honolulu, HI

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also known as Rick Abelmann, W. Richard Abelmann

  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 14 years
    New York - NY 18 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About William

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Rick Abelmann is a bankruptcy attorney admitted to practice in Hawaii and New York.  He graduated in economics before entering law school, and worked for both small and large business and firms in the past.  Rick previously practiced corporate and securities law in Hong Kong with Clifford Chance, one of the largest law firms in the world, and also spent time working on the trading floor for the equities division of the Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley.  He worked on transactions valued at hundreds of millions of dollars on a regular basis.


After leaving the corporate world, Rick worked on a small technology startup and realized that he enjoyed working in a small company environment.  He began working with a local bankruptcy attorney and quickly realized that he excelled at and enjoyed the practice of bankruptcy.  Rick has since worked with hundreds of families throughout the State of Hawai'i to help solve debt problems and relieve the stress and anxiety associated with financial distress.

Rick is a people person and enjoys taking an active role in helping clients achieve their goals.  His clients receive a lot of one-on-one attention from Rick and his staff, from the day the free consultation is set to the day the chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy is discharged and the case is closed.  Rick's goals are to help calm your fears, keep you educated about the process, and help you make the decisions that will help you to get a true fresh start through your bankruptcy proceedings.

Aside from his law practice, Rick is a husband as well as a father to three beautiful children.  If he can't squeeze you in to a Saturday appointment, it is most likely because he is trying to spend time with his family.  He also enjoys surfing and swimming in the beautiful waters surrounding our islands.  Rick is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA).  He spends several weeks a year involved as a Director of a nonprofit organization called Help One Future, which provides donated school supplies and books primarily to elementary level students in remote areas in the Philippines.

Rick speaks two Filipino languages - Tagalog and Ilocano - which he learned while living in the Philippines for two years, and while working on various business pursuits over the last 17 years.  He welcomes any opportunities to keep his language skills sharp!


Abelmann Peterson Rollins LLLC
677 Ala Moana Blvd.
Ste. 1009
Honolulu, HI, 96813

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Posted by Kenn | May 6, 2010
Thank You Rick
From our first meeting Rick made us feel comfortable and at ease with the legal challenge we were facing. While we know he was busy with other clients during the same period of time, Rick always gave us the time and attention we required, responding in detail to any questions and concerns that we had. He is very knowledgeable and very professional and handled himself very well on our behalf during our court appearance. Most of all Rick helped us to feel secure and confident throughout a very challenging experience. As a result of Rick's efforts our experience became a positive one. We would recommend Rick to anyone. In a world where some lawyers have earned a bad reputation, Rick stands out as an example of the best of his profession.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Abelmann Peterson LLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Principal
  • Abelmann Rollins LLLC
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Morgan Stanley
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Liner, Yankelevitz, Sunshine & Regenstreif
  • 2003 - 2003
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  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • JD
  • 2005
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Inciong, 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4615 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2014)
  • Confirmation of Chapter 13 plan granted
  • Clarke v. Latimer (In re Latimer)
  • Partial summary judgment on nondischargeable fraud claim
  • In re Rosa, 495 B.R. 522 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2013)
  • Confirmation of Chapter 13 plan granted


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2015 - 2016
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer Delegate
  • USDC District Conference
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I highly recommend Rick. I have joined my practice with his because he is an excellent lawyer with great knowledge and expertise in bankruptcy law, chapter 7 & chapter 13 bankruptcy. He repeatedly reviews cases and seeks for the best solutions for the clients, that are workable and practicable and make financial sense."
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