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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!


Languages spoken: Tagalog

Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 55%
    8 years, 650 cases
  2. Chapter 7: 20%
    8 years
  3. Chapter 13: 20%
    8 years
  4. Contracts: 5%
    11 years



Hourly ($310/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Abelmann Peterson Rollins LLLC

677 Ala Moana Blvd.
Ste. 1009
Honolulu, HI, 96813


NYCurrently registered 200603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer DelegateUSDC District Conference2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalAbelmann Peterson Rollins LLLC2016 - Present
PrincipalAbelmann Rollins LLLC2009 - 2016
AssociateMorgan Stanley2006 - 2008
AssociateClifford Chance2005 - 2006
Law ClerkLiner, Yankelevitz, Sunshine & Regenstreif2003 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar AssociationDirector2015 - 2016
New York State Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Rosa, 495 B.R. 522 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2013)Confirmation of Chapter 13 plan granted
Clarke v. Latimer (In re Latimer)Partial summary judgment on nondischargeable fraud claim
In re Inciong, 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 4615 (Bankr. D. Hawaii 2014)Confirmation of Chapter 13 plan granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University in St. LouisN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Brigham Young UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science2001