Margaret L. Montano, Partner

Margaret L. Montano is an attorney dedicated to assisting individuals through periods of financial challenge and in dealing with family law issues.  Her practice focus is on consumer and small business bankruptcy and family law.

Margaret graduated from Cleveland State University, summa cum laude, in 2000, with a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies, and earned her J.D. in Law from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2008.  Margaret began her practice by acquiring a consumer bankruptcy practice, working to grow its presence to a level where she received the distinction of being named an Ohio Rising Star in the area of Consumer Bankruptcy in 2014, by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Bankruptcy

Chapter 7 & Chapter 13

Since the beginning of her practice Margaret has worked with individuals, couples and small businesses to help restore their financial stability. Often consumers are unaware of the relief that bankruptcy law can provide for them,  and the assets that the law allows them to keep. The economic challenges of job loss, divorce, death of a spouse, or just being over-extended financially for any reason, can lead to a situation where the individual owes it to themselves to explore the option of bankruptcy.  For a brief overview of the advantages of Bankruptcy versus alternative forms of debt relief, click here.  Margaret has the experience and knowledge to help clients decide if bankruptcy is the correct option for their situation.

Those facing wage garnishment, overwhelming credit card debt, foreclosure, or experiencing harassing phone calls from creditors and a feeling of hopelessness regarding their financial situation will find Margaret a compassionate, knowledgeable advocate ready to lead them through the bankruptcy process.

Family Law

Margaret also practices in the areas of family law, assisting her clients with divorce, dissolution, child custody and child support issues.  Margaret brings her understanding of working with and solving financial stresses to her family law practice with an emphasis on finding the best overall outcome for her client and the family.

Margaret is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Ohio, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Women in the Law Section Committee member and event coordinator) and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

Margaret also brings to her clients her experience as a legal researcher for Professor Kathleen Engel while in law school, earning recognition on her article, Turning a Blind Eye: Wall Street Finance of Predatory Lending, 75 Fordham L.Rev. 102(2007), and her responsibility as  a consultant at Case Western Reserve University, where she worked for six years evaluating federal programs, and authored three publications for the federal government.   Margaret also co-authored Defining Success for the Women in the Law Section for the Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, April, 2013. Margaret serves the community as a member of the Associate Board of Recovery Resources, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is helping people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions.