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Theodore James Piteo

Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney at Portland, OR

4.8   20 reviews
  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 13 years
    Oregon - OR 15 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    Consumer and Small Business Bankruptcy

    12 years

  2. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    12 years

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    Negotiation for settlements, FDCPA Actions, FCRA actions, Discharge Injuctions

  4. Foreclosure
    Foreclosure Defense, Judicial Foreclosures, Non-Judicial Foreclosures and SB 1552

  5. Business
    Advising, Entity Formation and Operating Agreement Drafting, Negotiation, Contract Examination and Analysis

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12909 SW 68th Pkwy
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Portland, OR, 97223
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved home
Mr. Piteo was amazing to work with. My elderly mother was scheduled for an eviction hearing within a week or less. I called more than a dozen lawyers but they either said it was too late or they were just too busy. Mr. Piteo was able to find a way for my mother to keep her house. I would recommend Mr. Piteo because he is great to work with, he knows his stuff, and his service is worth way more than what he charges. He is a lifesaver. And our family will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Terry | January 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So grateful for the smashing success!
I am so appreciative of the excellent help, competency, and kindness I received from Michael O'Brien and Ted Piteo! I spoke with 7 bankruptcy firms, and because of my particular type of debt and amount of assets I have, none of them had a solution that helped me out - I was very worried about financial hardship without bankruptcy. Finally, I found O’Brien and Associates, and they were the only firm in the entire state of Oregon that had first-hand experience with a new part of the Chapter 11 code (subchapter V) – this is the route we took to succeed in my bankruptcy. I worked with both of the firm’s attorneys, Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Piteo. They are both highly qualified and competent, with complementary strengths that make them an excellent and formidable team. They are just honest, good people – I’d enjoy having them as neighbors! Both Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Piteo have a high degree of integrity, and I trust them both. For example, at one point, I understood Mr. O’Brien to have made a billing commitment, and when I saw something that seemed to not match that commitment, I called him up and we worked it out in a mutually acceptable, reasonable way that left me trusting him more. My case was moderately complex (at least for a small business owner such as myself), and both Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Piteo did an excellent job of assessing potential weaknesses in my case and explaining potential outcomes, so I always felt secure knowing what potential pitfalls might come and how to deal with them. Mr. O’Brien did high-quality and skillfully-nuanced settlement negotiations with one of my creditors (my ex-wife). Mr. Piteo represented me during the pendency of my case in bankruptcy court. He did an excellent job of negotiating with one of my creditors to ease the way to getting my plan confirmed. He also was timely with answering my questions, and allaying my concerns by providing me with honest, accurate information. An added bonus is that Mr. Piteo is lively and fun, which made the entire process easier to handle, and I even enjoyed it! Mr. Piteo did such an excellent job of litigating my case in bankruptcy court, to the point that the judge gave her ruling at the end of the hearing, and we won everything we proposed in the Chapter 11 reorganization plan. He also did an excellent job preparing me to testify, both with specific questions he’d ask me, and how to handle combative questions from my ex-wife’s lawyer. I am so relieved I found O’Brien and Associates, that I could trust them, and I am very grateful for their great care, competence, and help in my 100% successful bankruptcy case. They delivered as they said they would, without surprises, and I highly recommend them.
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Posted by Andrea | April 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best there is!
I cannot recommend this firm highly enough. When I came in for my consultation, I was at the lowest point of my life. I feeling very scared about my future ahead and had a lot of shame about considering filing for bankruptcy. From the beginning, I was impressed at the level of care and empathy that was shown to me by everyone at the firm that interacted with. I am forever grateful for this firm. Lauren was always available to answer my questions. Ted especially was an amazing advocate for me and always made sure that I had access to all my of options and was able to make informed decisions. I never thought I would ever have so much trust in an attorney and always felt like he had my best interest at heart. Six months after my initial consultation, I feel confident that I made the right choice for myself and am able to move ahead in this new chapter of my life. I have this firm to thank for that, and have already recommended them to several people I know who are considering filing.
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Posted by Deon | October 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex Case
My case involved complex issues of IRS debt, foreclosure, business, and of course; debt. Ted was patient, empathetic to my circumstance, and explained everything to me. He didn’t rush me through the process but took his time to educate me on all aspects of the process. Nearly a year has gone by, and my case is still pending due to assets. He is still in the forefront and knowledgeable in my case, without needing to go back and “refresh” his memory. If I could, I would give him a 10 star rating! I’m sure there are other great attorneys out there in his field, but to me, he will always be the best! Thank you, Ted, for giving me back my piece of mind, and being an advocate for me!
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Posted by Cullen | March 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best attorney’s I have ever dealt with
Everything about this experience was made better having Ted on my side. He had very precise answers to all my questions and laid out the options I had without making me feel rushed. His rates were very reasonable in the end. At no point in time did I feel like I was being overcharged. I would highly recommend Mr. Piteo
Posted by Brenda | December 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Bankruptcy Attorney
Due to a disability and a subsequent closed business, we had a lot of debt but didn't know how to go forward. Ted talked with us in detail and learned our situation and priorities. He was knowledgeable and pointed us down the path that would be the best for our situation. We were amazed and thankful of his knowledge and caring. The end result was just what we needed. In addition to his expertise, he is honestly one of the nicest attorneys I've ever used. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Abdallah | November 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney. I would choose him always
Mr. Theodore Piteo is a very sharp, knowledgeable, smart, and very professional lawyer. You don't need to explain to him him much about your case, as he will understand your situation very fast. I believe that this is a result of his broad background and experience. He got me successful resolution against bad mortgage creditors, and we won the case. I would recommend him for any case of his specialty.
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Posted by Charles E Hayes II | September 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience, great service
Mr. Piteo generously helped me figure out the best way to move forward with my issue. I was fortunate that in this case I did not require any further services but if I did or if I ever need to I would hire him without hesitation. Top notch person, service, and experience.
Posted by Mike | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Piteo and his staff were professional and courteous during my bankrupty process. They answered any and all questions I had and took the time to explain the process of bankruptcy and what to expect. He and his staff always made time to answer questions no matter how silly it seemed to me. Mr. Piteo was available via phone, email, and office visits.
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Posted by Julia M.M. SE Portland OR now PA | June 15, 2015
We're back on our feet again - Thanks to Ted.
Ted Piteo our attorney, really performed in our situation. Medical bills left us on the road to foreclosure and with no co-operation from our bank to renegotiate a new mortgage, we took our needs to Ted. He listened to our particulars, made suggestions based on our unique factors and put a plan in action that got us back on our feet. In just a little over a year, we have bought a new home in a quite mobile park community and getting our life back together thanks to Ted.
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Posted by Julie | August 28, 2014
Expertise + Helpfulness = Great Experience!
My husband and I received expert advice and guidance from Ted and the team. They provided everything we needed to successfully go through the bankruptcy steps. After the discharge of our bankruptcy, life is much more manageable now and we are so glad we took his advice. Ted is very personable and non-judgmental; his knowledge in his field of expertise is outstanding. We cannot thank him and his team adequately for what they have done to help us.
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Posted by damon | September 5, 2013
Excellent work!
Mr. Piteo and his associate paralegal, Bob Swindell, were very helpful in my bankruptcy case. They were informative, educational, and had my best interests at heart, always. It was a very trying time in my life, and they helped me thru the grueling process, keeping me constantly abreast and up-to-date, doing the best they could to ease my financial pain, and helping me rebuild my credit and in so doing, rebuild my life. Amiable, friendly, communicative, pro-active, responsive: all these superlative and more help to describe these individuals. Their professional integrity was above par. When the news was bad they told the truth and helped me navigate the difficult legal processes involved in bankruptcy, doing the best they could to help me take advantage of every avenue. No resource, no stone was left unturned as they cut no corners in doing what was right, and in helping me do the best I could with my difficulties. I couldn't recommend a better attorney, or a better firm for this legal action. I thank them very much for their services and highly recommend these gentlemen, and this firm.
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Posted by darold | September 5, 2013
Helped us along the way
he handled all paper work,and explained how and what was going to take place in the court room. every thing went as planned with no problems.i would highly recommend to any of my friends.
Posted by Sarah | July 31, 2013
Amazing Transition...
As a young adult, I've made my share of mistakes. Before I knew it, my debt had accrued and I was in financial trouble. After a year of debt collectors calling me, I finally found the courage to find a Bankruptcy Lawyer. I called and set up an appointment for a free consultation. I walked into their office scared, embarrassed, and disappointed in myself. Surprisingly, those feelings began to go away as soon as I met their friendly receptionist! Then I met Ted and the rest of those feelings went away as well! He went through the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process perfectly. He talked to me like a human being and was clear and to the point. We got the process rolling immediately and everything worked out perfectly. Throughout the process, if I had any questions at all he was always ready and available to answer them. He helped me have a smooth transition into a fresh start. Although filing Bankruptcy is frowned upon, it was still one of the best experiences I've had. THANKS TED FOR EVERYTHING!
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Posted by Jackie and Bill Shepherd | July 19, 2013
Theodore James Piteo
They kept us informed and up to date on the things that were happening, plus they were pleasant to work with.
Posted by Noemi | July 3, 2013
Dependable and Trustworthy
I met Theodore aka Ted through an agency that finds lawyers that are willing to work pro-Bono. I thank Ted so much that he was willing to take my bankruptcy case. Even though it was pro-Bono I never felt that he didn't try just as hard as a paying customer. His paralegal Bob was also of great assistance. Bob was on top of me making sure I got done what I needed to do to get things rolling and get the work done on time. I would most definitely recommend Theodore to anyone that needs help with in the fields that he represents. He takes his work seriously but makes his clients feel at ease and I never felt that he was judgmental but rather understanding and compassionate.
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Posted by Al | August 2, 2012
Great Person To Work With. He's There For You.
Ted made the legal process very comfortable when my legal issues required his attention. Very quick to reply to questions or to supply legal advice. Genuinely a very nice person. My experience working with him gives me confidence that we handle the issues appropriately and efficiently.
Posted by Michael | July 27, 2012
My experience with Ted was nothing short of outstanding ! He proved to be an extremely knowledgable and supportive resource through the entire bankruptcy process. This was a daunting process for the newly initiated but Ted's experience, demeanor, and support put me at ease as well as proving to be very successfulk. Easily, Ted is one of the best attorneys with whom I've ever worked with.
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Posted by Monique | July 20, 2012
Extremely Satisfied!
Mr. Theodore Piteo was the third Bankruptcy Attorney that I met with prior to filing. When I first walked into his office for my free consultation, I was nervous and overwhelmed with uncertainty. I was very unhappy with the past couple of Attorneys that I had met with. They seemed cold, uncaring and eager for payment. Mr. Piteo immediately put my fears to rest. He was compassionate, reassuring and above all else, he explained things in a manner in which I could understand. I had no doubt in his abilities or in his respect for me and my needs. I decided right then and there to hire Mr. Piteo, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only did he make the process of filing Bankruptcy quick and easy, but most importantly, it was done properly. I can wholeheartedly say that I would recommend him to anyone looking to file Bankruptcy and I would absolutely hire him again if I ever need an Attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Be sure you don't miss your appt
They do not allow you to reschedule your consultation more than once no matter what the circumstance. When i got a lecture from their receptionist, I went elsewhere.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Michael D. O'Brien & Associates, P.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Needleman Law Office
  • 2009 - 2011


  • Lewis and Clark Law School
  • JD
  • 2008
  • Ohio State University
  • BSBA
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Kent
  • Settled on the Record
  • Trustee Objection to Exemptions - Ch. 7
  • Debtors kept their Insurance Policies and received a discharge.


  • Local Rules Bankruptcy Committee
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consumer Committee - OSB Debtor Creditor Section
  • Secretary
  • 2012 - Present
  • CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education)
  • Volunteer
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oregon Bar Association
  • Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist
  • American Board of Certification
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Legal Service Award
  • Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Section
  • 2013
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Intersection of Bankruptcy and Divorce
  • Bankruptcy & Divorce
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Theodore
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Theo is a very conscientious young lawyer who works hard to problem-solve the best solution for his clients individual needs."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Theodore is an excellent advocate. He never keeps his clients in the dark and always keeps them up to date. Furthermore, he does a great job at explaining the process to his clients. Lastly, Theodore's affable personality makes what is often a difficult and trying process for his clients a lot more comfortable."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ted thoroughly covers subjects for his clients. He considers all the options and relays them to allow clients to make informed choices. His sense of humor eases difficult situations. Use this attorney!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted is a very smart lawyer and does a great job for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Portland Chapter 13 bankruptcy Lawyer Theodore James Piteo
Theodore James Piteo
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney
Portland, OR
Licensed for 15 years
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