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About me

-  I practice in bankruptcy, unfair collection practices, debt defense, student loan, and wrongful repossessions and foreclosures.

-  I'm a founding member of the Bankruptcy Law Network ( and a regular contributor to the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Bankruptcy Roundtable listservs, two specialized bankruptcy forums on the Internet.

-  I've mentored bankruptcy practitioners throughout the Commonwealth and an original member of the local bankruptcy court rules committee.

-  I'm recognized by my peers as an expert in consumer bankruptcy issues.

-  My clients rate me "excellent" in client surveys.

-  Among my successes are:

  -  Stopping foreclosure deficiency notices after a bankruptcy is filed. Silva v. Harmon, D MA 2003 (CA 01-30140-MAP).

  -  Punishing an out-of-state law firm controlling in-state bankruptcy litigation. BNA v. Steele, Bankr D MA 2003 (02-4137).

  -  Allowing conversion from Chapter 7 to Chapter 13 without having to immediately pay a Chapter 7 trustee's fees.

  -  Permitting a Chapter 13 plan to be more affordable by forcing the use "liquidation" value for keeping unprotected assets, less the estimated fees of a hypothetical Chapter 7 trustee.

-  Obtained immediate Chapter 13 protection from creditor harassment without having to pay attorney fees first.  

-  I am at the cutting edge in the region for mortgage defense litigation. My greatest pride is in avoiding needless, costly litigation and risks for my clients by successful pre-filing planning and by well-grounded attacks on unlawful creditor practices.


Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 100%
    39 years



Hourly ($140-315/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Craig William Andresen

    Jed's knowledge of bankruptcy law is impressive -- and I have been privileged to have received his help in the past on bankruptcy matters for my own clients. I endorse Jed because he is friendly, hard working, smart, and personable. I would refer my friends or family to Jed.


    Craig Andresen Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Chip Parker

    Jed is known nationally as one of the smartest consumer bankruptcy lawyers in the country. He has provided me, and many other lawyers, with his reasoned opinion and advice on complex consumer bankruptcy matters.


    Chip Parker Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Berliner Law Firm

95 State St, Ste 1010, Springfield
428 Pakachoag St, Auburn
Springfield; Auburn, MA

Berliner Law Firm

428 Pakachoag Street
Auburn, MA, 01501



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certificate of AppreciationMassachusetts Bar Association1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerBerliner Law Firm1989 - Present
Head of Trial Practice DivisionKamberg, Berman1985 - 1988
Associate AttorneySilverman and Kudisch1982 - 1984
Staff AttorneyUpper Peninsula Legal Services1977 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bankruptcy Law NetworkFounding Member2007 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2006 - Present
National Association of Chapter 13 TrusteesAssociate Member2006 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1996 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1982 - Present
Hampden County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bench-Bar CommitteeChair2001 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Silva v. Harmon, D MA 2003 (CA 01-30140-MAP)Class action settlement
MBNA v. Steele, Bankr D MA 2003 (02-4137)Settled
Giza v. Deutsche Bank, et alCh 13 debtor may have mortgage removed if insufficient notices given, lender's motion to Dismiss DENIED.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mortgage Law Networkongoing blogs on foreclosure defense issues2007
Bankruptcy Law Networkongoing blogs on consumer bankruptcy issues2007
Letters For Bankruptcy Lawyers: Essential Communicationscontributor2005
Clearinghouse Law ReviewSupplementary Security Income, A Practical Overview1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Bankruptcy Boot CampBankruptcy LitigationCertificate2012
Fair Debt Collection Practices Boot CampSuing Debt Collectors and CreditorsCompleted2012
University of Kansas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Cornell UniversitySocial PsychologyA.B.1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarAttorney Fees in Chapter 7 & Chapter 132013
Members-Only WorkshopAttorney Fees in Chapter 7 & Chapter 132013
Members-Only WorkshopDue Diligence Information Searches2013
Spring State Chapter MeetingTrustee Meetings and Unsettled Issues of the New Law2010
Fall State Chapter MeetingMeans Test Concerns2010
Fall 2010 MeetingCase Law Updates2010
Annual ConferenceConsumer Bankruptcy Law Office Management2004
New Local Rules of the federal District CourtSubset: The First Ten Rules1987
Organizational ConferenceOverview of Supplemental Security Income1980