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Advanced Issues in Representing Consumer Debtors in Bankruptcy: Avoiding Problems and Pitfalls

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Produced on February 07, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Advanced
Topics covered in this course: Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Course Description

Representing consumer debtors can be problematic for attorneys.  Common pitfalls and missteps may often create costly problems for the unwary practitioner.  In this presentation, Norma E. Ortiz, of Ortiz, & Ortiz, LLP, will explain how to avoid these mistakes by discussing how to skillfully prepare the case.

This course is designed to help attorneys already representing consumer debtors to improve the level of his or her practice, and streamline case preparation to help ensure less stress, greater profitability, and happier clients.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understanding the nature of consumer bankruptcy representation

  2. Identify the pitfalls of you role as debtor's counsel

  3. Ensure your firm's proper engagement

  4. Avoid malpractice and ethical problems

  5. Get it right the first time: develop best practices for due diligence and profitability

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Norma Ortiz

Ortiz & Ortiz, LLP

Attorney Norma E. Ortiz has been practicing law in New York since 1988 and in New Jersey since 1994. A strong litigator, Norma joined her father’s legal practice in 1998 after working for the U.S. Department of Justice Trustee’s Office and clerking for a bankruptcy judge in the Southern District of New York. She provides attentive, individualized service to businesses and consumers in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

In 1984, Norma received her B.A. in International Relations and Urban Legal Studies from the City College of New York. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1987. Norma is a founding member of the Association of Latina Lawyers and is a board member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Norma is also the chairperson of the Bankruptcy Committee of the New York Bar Association. In addition to both her practice and her participation in various associations, Norma prepares lectures and conducts training for other attorneys on bankruptcy law and practice. She has been interviewed by news networks New York 1 and CNN as an expert in bankruptcy law.

Martha J. De Jesus

Ortiz and Ortiz

Martha began working for the firm after graduating from the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. She continued working for Ortiz & Ortiz as a legal assistant, and later as a paralegal, while she attended Fordham University and Brooklyn Law School. While in law school, Martha served as an intern to the Honorable Martin Glenn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. She passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams in 2013 and is admitted in both states. Martha became an associate upon her graduation from law school in 2013.


Donald N.

Well organized and presented. Almost conversational in presentation of some complex issues. Well done.

Shirlee B.

Good examples of how to avoid problems.

Guy F.

Very practical

Jordan H.

Ms. Otiz was very thorough and enlightening as to the vast array of potential pitfalls in this area of practice,

Suzanne d.

excellent and great knowledge of paralegal and the lawyer

Gary D.

A good course with meaningful practice tips and ideas for further research.

richard l.

Valuable practical and legal analysis. Obviously experts. Well worth watching.

Candace M.

I liked this one. Easy to understand and good info.

Louise B.

Good practical tips

Lily L.

Appreciate update

Jeffrey Arlen S.

These two ladies really were outstanding!

James H S.

Very helpful

Michael W.

Best speaker I have heard in some time

Peter F.

Very capable instructors. Just wish they gave a week long seminar. Thanks you.


Excellent speaker!

william p.

It was informative.

Ryan A.

Great job!

Omotayo M.

Very helpful class with nuisances that I must confess are mostly new to me. Thank you for a great presentation.

VanNoy C.

Excellent presentation.

Sasha S.

The speaker was very knowledgeable and presented useful practice tips.

Steven S.

Enjoyed Norma's plain English explanations and common sense tips.

Edward S.

This course helped refresh/update my knowledge. it would be PARTICULARLY helpful to colleagues who do not practice BR extensively!

Daren W.

The presentation was excellent.

Bryan B.

Great real life advice plus the real time mentorship was great to see.

John D.


Samuel P.

My only issue with this presentation is whether it is "advanced" level. I thought it was a good warning but pretty routine.

Vincent C.

Norma was great.

Monique H.

Very thankful for all candid practice advice and pointers... excellent presentation!

Lynne T.

Thank you!

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