Meet Our Legal Team!
Throughout the bankruptcy process, you will interact with many different
people at our firm. Our staff speaks several languages including: English,
Spanish, Vietnamese and Greek. Here's some info to help you get to
know us better.
Attorney Rita Kostopoulos
Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist By the American Board of Certification
One of America's Top 50 Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Licensed in California
A. Rita Kostopoulos is the founder of The Fresh Start Law Firm. Rita was
admitted to practice law 2001. Rita's areas of practice include consumer
bankruptcy, business law and real estate law. She has been exlusively
practicing bankruptcy law since 2003. In addition, Rita holds a Real Estate
Brokers License and is the owner of El Greco Realty LLC.
Rita attended Wayne State University and received 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
State Bar of California; admitted to practice in the Northern and Central
Districts of California; 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 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
as well as various Bay Area trial lawyers associations. In addition, Rita
is president of the Hellenic Bar Association, speaks reads and writes
Richard Suh is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and
is an associate attorney at Kostopoulos Law Group PC locations in Oakland
and San Francisco. Richard graduated from Stanford University in 1990
with a bachelor's degree in History and received his JD from UCLA
Law School in 1996. Richard has extensive experience in all aspects of
Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy practice. Richard speaks fluent Korean.
Carrie A. O'Reilly is an associate in the firm of Kostopoulos &
Associates, PLLC. Carrie received her undergraduate degree from the University
of Michigan in 2000 and graduated with her juris doctorate degree from
California Western School of Law in 2003. She is licensed to practice
in the State of Michigan as well as the Eastern and Western Districts
of Michigan and District of Colorado. Carrie has been named a Superlawyer:
Michigan Rising Star from 2010-2012 as well as published in the American
Bankruptcy Institute Journal in August 2013. Carrie has practiced primarily
consumer bankruptcy law since February 2005.
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.
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.
Kristen Cady has been a legal assistant at the law firm of Kostopoulos
& Associates, PLLC since 2008.
Bridget Rodway has been a legal assistant at the law firm of Kostopoulos
& Associates, PLLC since 2008.
Mrs. Kostopoulos is a mail clerk at the law firm of Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC.
Nada has worked as a legal assistant for Kostopoulos & Associates PLLC
since April 2010.
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.
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.
Rubi Alejandra Villanueva
Rubi Villanueva is a legal assistant. She is a graduate from Chabot College
with an Associates in Administration of Justice and an Associates in Liberal
Arts with an emphasis in Behavioral Sciences. Ruby is bilingual, speaking
both English and Spanish.
Jossel Mansour is a receptionist at Kostopoulos & Associates, PLLC
she is currently studying at MCC majoring in Business Administration.
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.
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