Based on random sampling of NACBA’s membership, the Member Profile strives to answer the question: Who are Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys? It looks at a variety of economic and demographic characteristics, as well as, business practices and “war stories.” NACBA is and always will be your “Your Practice Partner!”
Allow us to introduce, our “Practice Partner,” Attorney David Shaev of New York. NACBA Member since January 2005.
David Shaev is the managing partner of Shaev & Fleischman LLP, a New York-based firm that is a debt relief agency and helps people file for relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. David is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and serves as the New York State Co-Chair.
Q. How many years have you been practicing?
A. About 35
A. The Olga Paredes case, which made the NY Times Business/Front page and settled after appeal; Obasi case, which was featured on CNN where Judge found attorneys for banks actions in fling proof of claim to be sanctionable, but did not sanction on a technicality.
Q. What is the best advice you received from the NACBA national Listserv?
A. Don”t discuss politics on the Listserv! You will live longer. Actually, I use the NACBA Listserve, the NY Listserv and Bootcamp Listserv on a daily basis for issues too numerous to list.
Q. The NACBA benefit you couldn’t live without?
A. Conventions for knowledge, refreshing the desire to go out there and kick creditor butt, and a few extra days for vacations (I miss the fall convention already)
Q. Who is your mentor – who do you look up to professionally?
A. I wish I had a mentor. Unfortunately, I learned on my own, and later on with the help of NACBA and Max Gardner Bootcamp. Of course, I admire Max and many of my fellow Bootcampers, as well as the great work that Jon Rao and Tara Twomey do for all of us.
Q. What is your favorite part of being a consumer bankruptcy attorney?
A. Stripping off liens, modifying mortgages and paying unsecured creditors the least amount possible! Of course, having a client walk out in much better condition than when they first consulted with me.
Q. Name and area of the the law that you’d like to learn more about?
A. Not so much an area, but trial work in general.
Q. Most memorable moment in NACBA?
A. There have been many, so it is difficult to choose; I will never forget the great conventions in San Fran and Chicago during the BACPA reform period; my last great memory is New Orleans, one great restaurant after another!
Q. In another life, you’d be?
A. A tennis and ski bum. I gave up wanting to be a rock star when I entered college.