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Our founder, Shannon A. Doyle, is a bankruptcy attorney with 20 years overall experience in the bankruptcy industry. Her career began as a teenager when she worked for her father’s law firm during summer break from high school. Ms Doyle typed bankruptcy petitions manually.
“Those were the days when we used typewriters to prepare petitions, and “white out” to fix mistakes. There was no downloading credit reports or electronic filing. I recall we used to have to make five copies of the petition, put a blue back on the original petition and send a runner down to the court. Things certainly have changed since then.”
While attending college at Long Beach State University and law school at Western State University, Fullerton, Ms. Doyle worked as a bankruptcy assistant for a high volume creditor firm in Orange County, CA. After obtaining her juris doctorate degree, Ms. Doyle began practicing law for Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, a premier boutique law firm representing mortgage lenders implicated in bankruptcy matters. Ms. Doyle was responsible for not only handling a heavy California caseload but overseeing the bankruptcy outsourcing group which handled motions for relief from stay, objections to plan and proofs of claim on a national level. Ms. Doyle’s talents made her a highly sought after attorney and soon she was asked to manage several small local bankruptcy offices for a large national consumer bankruptcy firm. During this time Ms. Doyle gained a solid understanding of the challenges faced by bankruptcy attorneys in making a consumer bankruptcy firm profitable while providing excellent services to clients.
“A small law firm can retain 10 - 20 new clients in a month. With each new case comes about 17 unique tasks from the initial consultation to claims review and plan confirmation. In only one month, an attorney can have 170 - 340 tasks. Since it is typical for a debtor to take months to pay legal fees, after 3 months, an attorney can have over 360 - 1020 open tasks all while trying to meet and retain new clients, market the firm and manage accounting, HR and IT. Soon, an attorney can find themselves spending their days just putting out fires. How do I know this? Because I have been there. However, at that time, the concept of VIRTUAL didn’t exist. My option was to hire, train and manage more staff which ultimately is more costly and time consuming. Hence, the seed was planted for eBankruptcy Assistants, Inc. – a company where bankruptcy attorneys could “virtually” click a button and get an immediate qualified bankruptcy professional to start picking up the petition preparation work and implement process efficiencies to allow the attorney to handle the legal and core work involved in growing and managing a bankruptcy firm.”
Prior to launching eBankruptcy Assistants, Inc., Ms. Doyle was an associate attorney with Borowitz & Clark, LLP, one of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in Los Angeles where she represented thousands of debtors in successful chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. With her experience working for law firms of all sizes and 20 years overall experience in the industry, she has seen both the pitfalls and the triumphs of bankruptcy law practice management.
“After experiencing various success and failures in law office management and legal issues in general, I gained the insight I needed to bring eBankruptcy Assistants to fruition. Now, my staff and I are able to use modern technology to help bankruptcy lawyers across the country manage their caseloads – so they, in turn, can provide the best representation of consumer debtors while finding success in an often difficult industry.”
As your virtual legal assistant, we look forward to working with you and providing you with the dependable service you deserve — so you can do the same for your clients.
eBankruptcy Assistants, Inc. does not engage in the unauthorized practice of law. We never give your clients legal advice. All case analyses’ are done in a consulting capacity for the attorney of record. We do not represent individual debtors. We work solely for bankruptcy attorneys.