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Stephen Clark Harkess

Litigation Attorney

4.6   28 reviews

also known as Stephen Harkess


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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    50%
    The FDCPA is a consumer protection statute which protects you as a consumer from harassing, oppressive or abusive debt collection tactics by a debt collector in the course of collecting a consumer debt. You have a right to be treated with truth,fairness, dignity, and respect in all your dealings with a debt collector. If you’re not, you have a right to sue them.

    24 years

  2. Mediation
    20%
    I handle mediation of a variety of disputes ranging from debt collection to complex family law matters.

    17 years

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    10%
    We have been successful in stopping garnishments, ending creditor harassment, removing second or third mortgages from houses, saving homes from foreclosure, and giving people the peace of mind and fresh start that the bankruptcy code was created to provide.

    18 years

  4. Criminal defense
    10%
    I have handled felony and misdemeanor criminal defense as well as civil litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts of Colorado. I have tried cases to a jury involving as little as $2 and as much as $2 million.

    24 years

  5. Family
    10%
    The most important legal issues most people face involve their family. The family court is the only contact many people have with the court system. Issues such as divorce, separation, child custody and adoption will impact your life more than any other area of law. You need an experienced attorney on your side.

    24 years

I am a general practice attorney and have represented clients at all levels of the state and federal courts in Colorado.  I have handled jury trials dealing with claims involving as little as $2 and claims in excess of $2 million.

 

I specialize in consumer bankruptcy (Ch 7 and Ch 13) and family law.  I offer a free initial consultation by phone or email for bankruptcy and family law matters.

 

I have been practicing law for over twelve years. I helped hundreds of people and have been successful in stopping garnishments, ending creditor harassment, removing second or third mortgages from houses, saving homes from foreclosure, and giving people the peace of mind and fresh start that the bankruptcy code was created to provide.

Licensed for 23 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2019
Updated 12/05/2022
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 01/13/2023
State MA
Status Retired
Acquired 2014
Updated 09/15/2019

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

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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Stephen | January 25, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Libel/Slander answer
Very useful answer on how to prioritize the action steps. 1. Get the crazy housemate out first! I'll look into lawsuit later. Thank you for your input Stephen!! Have a great evening!!!
Posted by Michael | May 4, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A+ Fast response well thought out
Well thought out response even went outside of my question and addressed important issues that were overlooked A+
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant lawyer.
I was so confused about the law and my rights. He explained it so clear and concise.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and responsive!
I appreciate Lawyers like Mr. Stephen! He goes out of his way to simply just HELP people in their situations. God blessed him with a gift and he's willing to use his knowledge to answer questions and get people through whatever they are going through. He responds fast, is reliable, a straight shooter and an over all amazing attorney.
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Posted by Niccole | November 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and straight to the point
This is my first time here and I couldn't express how pleased I am that I came. I needed advice on my will and Mr. Harkess came straight in and suggested that I will need to go to an attorney with my concerns so that my wishes will be met legally and confidently. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Answered my messages very quickly. He gave me honest and helpful information. He explained things clearly so I could understand them. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Valerie | June 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful and Thorough
Explained some confusing aspects of a legal situation I was in. Very compassionate and knowledgable. Highly recommend.
Posted by Jenny | May 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Complete and Concise
Mr. Clark not only was kind enough to answer my question, he explained the legal issue to me. He made a real difference for me and my case. Invaluable!
Posted by Chad | April 23, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Help
This attorney was quick to answer and gave sound advice I think with his insight I can solve my issue. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He is the man
Stephen is the man. He left a long review on my question, which I was waiting for a lawyer to do. His comment was well thought out and help me ease my anxiety with a stupid mistake I did. Again Stephen is the man and responded to my follow up message in a timely manner. Thanks for all you have done.
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exactly what I needed
He answered my question without judgement and clearly. I was in circles and now I have a clear path from his knowledge.
Posted by Misty | October 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incredibly helpful!
Mr. Harkess not only responded to my questions in a timely manner, and with clear, concise information, but he also continued to patiently answer my subsequent questions. He helped me to understand how two child custody issues are completely separate, and some of my options. I am very grateful, because many of us cannot afford legal help, and Mr. Harkess is kindly expending his time to help people on here. Thank you Mr. Harkess!
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Precise
Quickly answered my questions with sound advice and provided some much needed court process instructions. Mr. Harkess is on point and it's very much appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast
Told me what I needed to know, Fast and to the point. Thank you, Mr. Harkess Sincerely, Brandonlyn Nunley Dads name Kyle.
Posted by Maggie | February 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
Given the information I needed to make an informed decision re: tenant/landlord situation. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and Fast
Very fast response. This was my first time asking and I was thrilled. Not only was my question answered promptly but helped to know where to go from here. Thank you Sincerely
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very satisfied
Prompt and accurate with answer to first question, as well as to follow-up question. Thank you for your pro bono service here.
Posted by Delia Dee | May 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome❣️
I am thankful for your quick response and even more thankful for your time and free advice.
Posted by Bradley Allen Wolff | January 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Accurate and timely information
Specific, precise, careful and measured. I couldn't imagine better qualities in an attorney. I wish my case was within his wheel-house or within the statute of limitations. If I had a case within his perview, He would certainly be my choice!
Posted by gmeades | April 25, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough, Accurate, and Informative....
Stephen answered my initial question promptly, and provided good information I could move forward with. I followed up with some additional details, and again he responded promptly with a confirmation of my intended course of action. If he were local, I would retain him to handle this matter for me, so, obviously I rate him and recommend him very highly....!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Contract Attorney
  • Law Office of Michael P. Medved, PC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Managing Partner
  • Colorado Legal Solutions
  • 2006 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Stephen C Harkess, Attorney at Law
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Fowler, Schimberg & Flanagan P.C.
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Arapahoe County District Court
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Pro Se Resource Center Coordinator
  • Arapahoe County District Court
  • 1997 - 1998
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Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Associations

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Secretary
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Preventive Law Reporter, University of Denver
  • Member
  • 1998 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy for Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Colorado Super Lawyers
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Radio Denver
  • Debt, Bankruptcy and Credit - Regular Guest
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (11)
Endorse Stephen
General practice Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many answers on avvo from Attorney Harkess. His answers are always thorough and spot on. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen has been an asset to the Colorado legal community for years. He knows what he's talking about and has never been hesitant to teach and share, as you can see from his many responses to questions posted here."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and recommend Attorney Harkess."
Libel and slander Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harkess provides excellent guidance in the law in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Why? I endorse this lawyer. Why? If all attorneys providing answers on AVVO took the time to completely try and answer a question in detail showing like Mr. Harkess does, their knowledge, accurate and complete and thorough advice, then AVVO would have the cream of the crop. Look at some of his answers to questions and you can see why John is entitled to such a great endorsement. Great job and appreciated by a peer in another state (Washington State) but who has seen many of his over 18,000 answers on AVVO. I highly recommend this attorney for any bankruptcy-related work."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear from his interactions with the public that he is an outstanding attorney. He answers questions with depth, concern, knowledge and passionate. Those are all qualities that make for an exceptional attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is nice to have someone who understands multiple areas of the law like Mr. Harkess. I would recommend that you speak to him if you are considering a divorce and have substantial bills in the marriage. If bankruptcy is on the horizon, you should discuss a strategy with Mr. Harkess about whether it would be best to file bankruptcy before or after a divorce. It is nice that Mr. Harkess offers free initial consultations."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It has been an oversight not to endorse Mr. Harkess before now. His Avvo answers are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen's answers on this form reveals he is a highly capable attorney with extensive knowledge of criminal defense. law."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said Attorney Stephen C. Harkess, Esq., is one of America's Top Lawyers. No matter what your problem is, he has a solution. Fix your problem - Call him. I endorse him!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who generously gives time to the AVVO community and provides solid legal advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harkess has a command of the law. Diligently works for the best interests of his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Harkess is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Attorney Harkess. His answers to posted questions from Avvo users are thoughtful, well-reasoned and to the point."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His professionalism, remarkable knowledge and vast experience place Mr. Stephen among the top notch lawyers in his areas of practice. With utmost dedication and quick critical thinking, he has successfully resolved an impressive number of cases over the course of his career. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Harkess is a major contributor to the legal advice given on the Avvo site. His answers are always spot on, giving sound legal advice to countless people in need of help. Definitely an asset to the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Other
"I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Harkess is an intelligent and highly respected attorney in his field, and I endorse him."
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Child custody
Bankruptcy and debt
Criminal defense
Divorce and separation
Libel and slander
Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt
Divorce and separation