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Meet Our Attorneys: Richard J. Bedford - Bankruptcy Law


Meet Our Attorneys: Richard J. Bedford | Bankruptcy

Our goal is simple: to assure you that when you entrust us with your legal needs, you're backed by a team of highly experienced lawyers and legal professionals. If you are looking for a leg up as you contemplate and navigate bankruptcy, you would be hard pressed to find a more skilled and experienced advocate than Fiffik Law Group Attorney Richard J. Bedford.


Richard has been one the most prolific bankruptcy practitioners in Western Pennsylvania for the last 40 years. He spent much of his early career on the trustee side of the bankruptcy world – administering bankruptcy cases and approving (or dismissing) reorganization plans.


A bankruptcy trustee is an administrator appointed by the court to oversee the consumer's case in a bankruptcy proceeding. The bankruptcy trustee thoroughly examines your bankruptcy petition and supporting documents such as tax returns, pay stubs, property deeds, mortgages, and bank statements to look for hidden assets, avoidable transactions, and other irregularities before you are granted your final discharge. If a consumer is not meeting obligations, the trustee can ask the court to dismiss the bankruptcy case.


  • Richard was appointed to the panel of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees, overseeing the liquidation of such diverse entities as a UHF television station, a municipal water company, and industrial facilities.

  • Richard joined the staff of the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He represented that trustee and his successor for more than twenty years, conducting trustee hearings and appearing before the bankruptcy judges.

  • Richard also represented the Chapter 12 Trustee, administering bankruptcy reorganizations of family farm debtors.


Richard was also selected to serve on various committees formed by the court for refinement of bankruptcy court procedures and rules, and when the court formed a standing local rules committee for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Richard was among the original members of the committee.


He now applies his insider knowledge and experience on behalf of consumers to make their cases more successful.


“I found it refreshing to advocate for individuals seeking their fresh start through chapter 7 and chapter 13 after so many years being on the trustee’s side of the courtroom,” Richard said. “Knowing the trustee’s thought process and exactly what they are looking for in every unique case ensures I always know the right approach to take for my clients.” 

Richard represents clients of Fiffik Law Group handling bankruptcy matters throughout Western Pennsylvania.  In the world of bankruptcy, experience matters. With over 40 years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, Attorney Bedford is here to guide you. Call Fiffik Law Group today and our experienced attorneys will provide you with the support you need for a fresh start.

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