Interview Questions With Attorney Fisher
#1: What made you choose a career in law?
I always wanted to help people and I chose bankruptcy law because my grandmother taught me to always remember those who have less than I do. I want to remove the crushing weight of debt from people.
#2: In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from other firms in the area?
I have worked on nearly 20,000 bankruptcy cases. I have represented Chapter 7 trustees, Chapter 11 trustees, creditors like banks and automobile finance companies, and I was the only lawyer for the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Highlands, and Okeechobee counties for six years. That's experience that I can put to work for my clients.
#3: Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:
There are many cases of which I am proud. Recently, I was able to help a family with 9 different properties cram down mortgages on their investment properties and strip off the second liens on their properties and make what were previously secured debts into unsecured debts that were dischargeable in bankruptcy. It was a complicated case and the kind most consumer bankruptcy lawyers won't take because they are too difficult. They are tough, but not too tough for us.
#4: What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
We need to obtain documentation from our client, the creditors, the office of the Clerk of the Court, credit reporting agencies and many other places to ensure we understand the facts of a case. We may also need to undertake legal research and that is something that cannot be overlooked in complex matters. If you aren't thorough, the likelihood for error increases.
#5: How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
I am an advocate for my clients. I fight for them. At the same time, you need to be truthful with your clients. If certain actions are not in their best interest, you must tell them, even if they want to proceed. I have refused cases when I knew what the client wanted to do wasn't right for them.
#6: What sets you apart from other attorneys – why is this important?
In addition to my experience, knowledge and willingness to battle for my clients' rights, it is my compassion for the situation in which my clients find themselves that differentiates me from others.
#7: How does having experience benefit your clients?
Experience allows us to see and anticipate issues those with less experience won't. Avoiding those pitfalls can save our clients time, money and anxiety. We handle matters more efficiently.
#8: What types of cases do you specifically handle?
I handle Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 13, mortgage modifications both in and out of bankruptcy, as well as bankruptcy and debtor/creditor related litigation.
#9: In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The thanks that I have gotten from clients whose debt has been lifted off of their shoulders; the hug you receive after you saved a family's home; that's the best feeling in the world.
#10: What advice do you most often give your clients & why?
You get what you pay for. Although I am not the least expensive lawyer doing bankruptcies, I am not the most expensive, either. I am one of the most experienced consumer bankruptcy lawyers around having practiced bankruptcy for 26 years. I always try to work with my clients by giving them payment options that make it more affordable for them to get the help they need.