I’m a lawyer practicing in New York and California. My efforts are concentrated in the fields of student loan law and consumer bankruptcy. I’m a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys as well as of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

In my spare time, I help other consumer bankruptcy attorneys with their marketing and practice management challenges. I also teach the Student Loan Law Workshop alongside Joshua R.I. Cohen.

In other words, I talk and think a lot about this stuff.

To keep my practicing humming along, I spend a lot of time learning about ways to make it more profitable through the use of technology and intelligent marketing techniques.

Over the past 19 years of practicing law, I’ve learned that there are a few rules for minimizing the downside of bad decisions. They are as follows:

  1. Watch successful businesses outside of the field of law to study what works best;
  2. Take the time to learn why something works – and what other things don’t work at all;
  3. Commit to make a change modeled on the success of other businesses;
  4. Track the profitability of each change you make to your practice; and
  5. Be willing to unwind the changes quickly if they don’t work as planned.

Want to know more about me? OK, here are the educational details:

  • B.A., Economics, Binghamton University 1991;
  • J.D., cum laude, Buffalo Law School 1994;
  • Note & Comment Editor, Buffalo Law Review 1992-1994;
  • President, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Board 1993-1994.

And here are the professional details:

  • New York State Bar Admission 1995-present;
  • California Bar Admission 2012-present;
  • self-employed 1995-present;
  • Partner, Shaev & Fleischman LLP 2010-present;
  • State Chair, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys 2005-2012;
  • Co-Founder and President, Bankruptcy Law Network, 2008-2010 and 2011-2012.

I hope you’ll stick around, subscribe to the newsletter, and learn a lot. And if you ever need some help, I hope you’ll get in touch.