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Meet Our Legal Team!

Throughout the bankruptcy process, you will interact with many different people. Here's some info to help you get to know us better.

Rita Kostopoulos

Attorney

Certified Legal Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist By the American Board of Certification

*Also Licensed in California

San Francisco bankruptcy lawyer A. Rita Kostopoulos is the founder of The Fresh Start Law Firm. Rita was admitted to the Michigan Bar in November 2001. Rita's areas of practice include consumer bankruptcy, business law and real estate law. In addition, Rita holds a Real Estate Brokers License and is the owner of Sparta Realty LLC. Rita also owns Astro Title Company.

Education:

Rita attended Wayne State University and recieved a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree with a major in Management in May 1998 ("Cum Laude"); and immediately enrolled at Wayne State University School of Law (J.D. recieved in May of 2001). Rita is a former law clerk to the Honorable James Biernat Sr., Macomb County Circuit Court, from 2000-2001. In addition, she was employed at the law offices of Lupo & Kockzur PC in Detroit.

Memberships:

State Bar of Michigan; State Bar of California; admitted to practice int he United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; in the United States District Court, Western District of Michigan; Consumer Bankruptcy Association Member, American Bankruptcy Institute Member, and member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, Rita is president of the Hellenic Bar Association, speaks reads and writes Greek fluently.

Robert Chang

Attorney

Robert Chang is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and is an associate attorney at Kostopoulos Law Group PC locations in Oakland, San Francisco and San Mateo California. Robert attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2008. While in law school, he was on the Dean's list for one year and was a writer for the Informer, the school newspaper. In addition, Robert was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student association and activley involved.

Steven Zeer

Attorney

Steven Zeer is an associate at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC. He attended Michigan State Univeristy graduating in 2003., and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School- Oakland Section, graduating in 2007, and was admitted to the Eastern District of Michigan in 2008.

Heather Burnard

Attorney

Heather Burnard is an associate at the firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC. Heather recieved her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1999. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate form the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2002. She is licensed to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan since 2004. She has been a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Young Lawyers of Oakland County, American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Bar Association, and National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. Heather has attended many seminars presented by these organizations in order to keep current on the bankruptcy laws and trends.

Lori B. Selvidge

Attorney

Lori is an associate at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC. Lori recieved her undergraduate degree from Blackburn College located in Carlinville, IL in 2004. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School located in Lansing, MI in 2009. She was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 2009 and the District of Michigan in 2011. Lori has attended many seminars in order to keep current on the bankruptcy laws and trends. She has been an associate of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since May 2012.

Toni Valchanov

Attorney

Toni is an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC. Toni attended Oakland University and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Business in 2003. He recieved his Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2011 and was admitted to the Michigan State Bar and the Eastern District of Michigan. While in law school, Toni enrolled in Oakland Univeristy and recieved his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Business Economics in 2012.

Amanda Pulaski

Office Administrator

Amanda has been an employee at Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since 2004.

Leo Alexander

Leo is the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC. He has been with the firm since December 2004. Prior to his entry in the legal environment, Leo was a retired Mechanical Engineer and Business Investor. He was formaly employed at Boeing Aircraft and AT&T.

Kristen Cady

Kristen Cady has been a legal assistant at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since 2008.

Bridget Rodway

Bridget Rodway has been a legal assistant at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since 2008.

Tina Kostopoulos

Mrs. Kostopoulos is a mail clerk at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC.

Renee Bastianelli

Renee has worked at Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since August 2008 as a legal assistant.

Nada Zaya

Nada has worked as a legal assistant for Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC since April 2010.

Ellen Reams

Ellen joined Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC in December 2012. She graduated in June 2009 with her Associates degree in Paralegal Studies. She has been working in the bankruptcy field for almost four years.

Pristina Winston

Prestina Winston is a legal assistant with over 15 years of Bankruptcy experience. She is a graduate of Siena Heights University with a B.A. in English.

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