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Current Employment Position

Managing Partner

 

Areas of Practice: 100% Bankruptcy

 

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1996

Illinois, 1992

California, 1990

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1992

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1997

 

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Calif., 1990 J.D.

Honors: Moot Court Honors President

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1986 B.A.

Honors: 2 Years in Honors College

Major: History

Major: Political Science

 

Classes/Seminars Taught:

"Basics of Bankruptcy" Seminar, Consumer Bankruptcy Association, 1999

 

Honors and Awards:

Who's Who in Executive & Professionals (National Register) – 2000 Edition

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bankruptcy Institute, 1999 – Present Member

Consumer Bankruptcy Association, 1998 – Present Member

MENSA Member

 

Past Employment Positions:

Orion & Associates, Attorney, 1997 - 2000

Bolton & Passage, Attorney, 1996 – 1997

 

Pro Bono Activities:

Warm the Children Program of Washtenaw County

Volunteer Coordinator, 1999 – Present

Judge Pro Tem (WCAB) – Santa Monica, CA, 1995 – 1996

 

Fraternities/Sororities:

Delta Kappa Epsilon

 

 

Glen T. Turpening

 

Current Employment Position:

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 2003

 

Education:

Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Mich., 2002 J.D.

Law Journal: Journal of Medicine and Law, 2000 – 2002

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1989 B.S.

Major: Diplomacy/Foreign Affairs

Major: History

 

Published Works:

Medicare's 11th Hour What's Next, Various Newspapers

The Time is Now for Social Security Reform, Various Newspapers

 

Past Employment Positions:

Orion & Associates, Attorney, 1997 - 2000

Bolton & Passage, Attorney, 1996 – 1997

 

Pro Bono Activities:

Welk & Associates, Associate Attorney, 2002 – 2004

Carr & Associates, 2002 – 2003

Law Offices of James Frego, 2001 – 2002

UAW Legal Services Plan, 1999 – 2000

Joseph Grima & Associates, 1998 – 1999

 

Seminars/Conferences/Training:

New Law Conference, November, 2005

Electronic Case Filing Training, 2005

CLE Impact of Proposed Bankruptcy Laws, 2001

CBA Bankruptcy Seminar, Troy, Michigan, 2001

UAW Legal Service Plan, Litigation Services, 2000

UAW Legal Service Plan, Domestic Violence Seminar, 1999

CBA "Mini-Seminars" on changes in Bankruptcy Law, Fall 2005

TRAC I And TRAC II Training

 

Seminars Taught:

UAW Legal Services Plan, Bankruptcy/TRAC Seminar, 2000

Consumer Bankruptcy Association – "Mini-Seminars", presented

Means Test Requirements under the New Bankruptcy Laws

 

Duties:

Handle all aspects of consumer bankruptcy cases, both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Act as Managing Partner in absence of Mr. Frego, running entire firm from individual case decisions to inner-office issues. Total bankruptcy experience in excess of 8000 cases. 341 hearings, plan calculations and modifications, motions prepared and argued; Settlement negotiations with creditors and Trustees, initial client meetings, evidentiary hearings and adversary proceedings.

 

 

Danielle M. Klyce

 

Current Employment Position:

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 2005

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2005

 

Education:

University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Mich., April 2005 J.D.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2002 B.A

Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Honors: Dean's List, 1998 – 2002

 

Major: History

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Member

 

Past Employment Positions:

Stephen A. Thomas, PLC, 2005 – 2007

Legal Aid – Southeastern Michigan, Clerk, 2004 – 2005

36th District Court – Judge Robinson, Clerk, 2004

University of Michigan Law School, Research Associate, 2004

 

Duties:

Handle all aspects of consumer bankruptcy services from initial client intake through discharge in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases; draft Chapter 13 plans, attend hearings, resolve all pre and post confirmation problems; estimated handling of approximately 1,000 consumer bankruptcy cases.

 

 

David S. Wilkinson

 

Current Employment Position:

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of Michigan, 2002

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2007

 

Education:

DePaul Law School, Chicago, Ill., 2002

Honors: Immigration Clinic Participant

Valparasio University, Valparaiso, Indiana, 1999 B.A.

 

Major: Political Science

 

Honors: Participation in White House Intern program

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bankruptcy Institute Member

Consumer Bankruptcy Association Member

 

Past Employment Positions:

Kostopoulos and Associates, 2007 – 2008

Michigan Commercial Realty, 2004 – 2007

Muskegon County Prosecutors Office, 2002 - 2004

 

 

Lydia D. Ammori

 

Current Employment Position:

Associate Attorney

 

Areas of Practice:

100% Bankruptcy

 

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 2007

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2009

 

Education:

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Mich., 2007 J.D.

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich., 2004 B.A

Deans List/With Honors

 

Major: Political Science

 

Minors: Criminal Justice and Sociology

 

Seminars/Conferences:

Electronic Case Filing Training, January, 2010

The Basics of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Part 2, January, 2010

13 Network Training, March, 2010

 

Past Employment Positions:

Immigration Attorney: Joseph Kallabat & Associates, P.C.

September 2007-November 2009

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA), Secretary

American Bar Association

Chaldean American Ladies of Charity

 

Duties:

Handle all aspects of consumer bankruptcy services – from initial client intake through discharge in Chapter 7 and 13 cases. Advise clients at initial client intake; calculate and prepare Chapter 13 Plans; represent clients at 341 Meeting of Creditor hearings; represent clients at 2004 examinations; settlement negotiations; resolve Trustee and Creditor objections to confirmation; handle dockets for Judges in the Eastern District of Michigan; prepare and file motions and responses to motions and objections; prepare and file post-confirmation plan modifications in Chapter 13 cases; argued various motion and stay hearings before Bankruptcy Judges. Have worked on an estimated 2,500 Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 combined consumer bankruptcy cases.

 

 

Eric P. Mulka

 

Current Employment Position

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 2010

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2010

 

Education:

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills, MI, J.D.

 

Honors: Certificate of Merit, Constitutional Law Honor Roll,

Dean's List, Cum Laude

 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2003 B.A.

Major: Psychology

Major: Philosophy

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association 2008-Present

Michigan State Bar Association 2008-Present

 

Past Attorney Employment Positions:

Trott & Trott, P.C., Title Review Specialist, 2003-2006

Plunkett & Cooney, Law Clerk, 2009

Law Offices of Erica L. Cicchelli, P.C., Associate Attorney, 2010

 

Seminars and Continuing Legal Education Courses:

ECF Training – 2010

 

Duties and Experience:

Work on in excess of 500 consumer bankruptcy cases; initial client intake; calculating and preparing Chapter 13 Plans; representing clients at 341 Meeting of Creditor hearings; experience in handling most aspects of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases, experience in real estate and foreclosure law; including pre-foreclosure mortgage priority and title indemnification issues; some experience in loan collection for major banks including the review and assessment of collectable loan matters and drafting complaints, motions and responses.

 

 

Jay E. Piggott

 

Current Employment Position(s):

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of Michigan, 2005

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2005

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2008

 

Education:

Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Mich., 2004 J.D.

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2000 B.A.

 

Honors: Cum Laude

 

Major: Criminal Justice

Major: Sociology

 

Past Attorney Employment Positions:

Law Office of Shirley L. Horn, 2009-2011

Thav & Ryke, PLLC, 2006-2009

Kostopoulos & Associates, 2005-2006

 

Seminars/Conferences (Since 2009):

2011- Seminar: "ICLE & CBA's 2nd Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Institute"

2010- Seminar: "New Issues in Enforcing Mortgages in Bankruptcy Seminar"

2010- Seminar: "Discharging Taxes & Offers in Compromise in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcies"

2010- Seminar: "ICLE & CBA's Consumer Bankruptcy Institute"

2009- Seminar: "New Michigan Foreclosure Statute Seminar"

2009- Seminar: "Lien Stripping in Chapter 13's"

 

Duties and Experience:

Have worked on an estimated 3,500 Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 combined consumer bankruptcy cases. Have done initial client intake; preparation of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases; represented clients at Meeting of Creditors; represented clients at 2004 examinations; resolved Trustee and Creditor objections to confirmation; handled dockets for all Judges in the Eastern District of Michigan; prepared and filed plan modifications in Chapter 13 cases, at two prior firms was in charge of all post confirmation work, trained several new attorneys and supervised support staff.

 

 

Mandi L. Sokana

 

Current Employment Position

Associate Attorney

 

Bar Admissions:

Michigan, 2006

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2007

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2007

 

Education:

Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Mich., May, 2006 J.D.

Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich., USA, 2003 B.S.

 

Major : Criminal Justice

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Member - Chaldean American Bar Association - 2004-present

Member - Chaldean American Ladies of Charity - 2003-present

Michigan Property & Casualty Insurance Agent, Licensed in 2001

 

Past Employment Positions:

Legal Helpers, P.C., Assistant Managing Attorney - 9/2007-8/2011

Mandi L. Bahoora, P.L.L.C, Attorney – 2/2007 – 9/2007

Law Offices of Sam Bernstein- Legal Intern - 1/2006-2/2007

Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Intern – 2004

 

Seminars/Conferences:

Electronic Case Filing Training

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan - Annual Bankruptcy Seminar - 2009, 2010

Consumer Bankruptcy Association, Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference – 2008

 

Duties:

Handle all aspects of consumer bankruptcy services – from initial client intake through discharge in Chapter 7 and 13 cases. Advise clients, attend 341 hearings, attend 2004 exams, prepare Chapter 13 plans, pre-confirmation issues, document review. Estimate handling of approximately over 1,000 consumer bankruptcy cases.

 

Toni D. Valchanov

 

Toni is an associate at Frego and Associates. Prior to becoming an Attorney, Toni was a Paralegal with Frego and Associates. Because he enjoys seeing the results of his focus and energy on a daily basis, Toni became a Bankruptcy Attorney. He relishes finding purpose in the service of a higher cause - helping out who truly need help.

 

 

Joseph L. Bernwanger

 

Joseph has been a practicing attorney since 2008. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and he obtained his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2008. Joe treats each and every client with the respect they're entitled to. He doesn't judge or offer blame, but will compassionately guide the client through some of the most difficult times of their lives. He has helped clients deal with foreclosures, overbearing debt collectors, traffic tickets and misdemeanors, family conflicts and custody issues and with general legal representation.

 

Andrea Howard

 

Andrea is an associate Attorney at Frego & Associates, PLC and has been practicing law for 9 years of which 8 of those years have included representation of clients in the United States Bankruptcy Court. Andrea is licensed to represent clients in both the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan and Northern District of Ohio. Her legal background and skill sets includes representation of Creditors in State Court Collections and Bankruptcy Proceedings. her combined knowledge of both areas of law have assisted her in providing sound legal advice to thousands of individuals seeking financial relief and guidance. Andrea's results driven attitude and her desire to help those in need is why Andrea has chosen to focus and expand her legal career in Creditor/Debtor Law.

 

Michael R. Benkstein

 

Michael Benkstein earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999. He earned his Law degree at Michigan State University College of Law in 2005. michael has been practicing bankruptcy for 10 years, and in that time has helped thousands of people navigate their economic difficulties. his legal experience also includes Debt Negotiation, Loan Modification, Property Tax Appeals, and Loss Mitigation. Michael leverages these experiences to create solutions for your unique financial challenges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James P. Frego II, Managing Partner

 

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