In 1991 Gayle and I started a bankruptcy law firm in Richmond. We had one room. We couldn’t afford a desk. So we took off an inside door, laid it across two low file cabinets and made a desk that we shared.
That was the beginning.
But let me tell you how we got to the beginning. It was 1986. We were living comfortably in South Texas. Then the bottom fell out of the oil business and we lost our restaurant business in a deal that went sour.
So there we were. I was 38 years old. I watched one morning as the tow truck hauled away our car. We were behind on the mortgage. The repo people seized our daughter’s car at a gas station as she was on her way to school, leaving her stranded. I borrowed our neighbor’s car to pick her up.
I filed for personal bankruptcy. What choice did I have? And I was treated like some sort of low life loser by my attorney.
I thought: “Everyone, no matter what their financial circumstances deserve the best legal representation and to be treated with respect.” I decided then that I was going to be a bankruptcy attorney.
I attended the University of Richmond and when I passed the bar in 1991 we were $100,000 in debt. No assets and I didn’t have a job. But Gayle and I had a vision of a different kind of law firm.
Jump ahead to today. Boleman Law is the bankruptcy specialist and largest consumer bankruptcy law firm in Virginia. In the past 27 years we have helped more than 108,000 Virginians regain their financial health.
We have offices in Richmond, Hampton and Virginia Beach. Our 21 skilled, experienced attorneys work with over 40 dedicated professionals who treat our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. Everyone receives a free consultation with our attorneys.
We’ve come a long way since our desk was a door. But our mission remains the same for everyone with overwhelming debt.
G.R. “Rusty” Boleman, III
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