I earned my law degree in 1997 and was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Florida later that year. Starting in 1998, I began practicing consumer bankruptcy law in the Middle District of Florida. Since then, I have handled caseloads representing consumers (people in debt) in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings in the Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa and Fort Myers Divisions. This represented a lot of travel and since 2005 my practice has centered on the Orlando Division and, since 2012, specifically on the segment of the Orlando Division that contains Brevard County. Now focusing on serving Chapter 7 clients, the Law Offices of Jeff Johnston is pleased to continue serving Brevard County.
Since 2010, I have been an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and in that capacity began a period on active duty starting in 2017 which saw me serving a 10 ½ month tour of duty with the 3rd Infantry Division (“Rock of the Marne”) at Fort Stewart, Georgia followed by a 1-year stint with 3rd Army (“Patton’s Own”) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Now returned from these adventures and having settled back into regular drilling at a local reserve center, I have re-started my practice and the Law Offices of Jeff Johnston is pleased to offer discounts to veterans. Ask me about the veteran’s discount during your free, initial consultation with me. Further, if you are an employee of one of the local defense contractors and hold a security clearance, I will be glad to discuss the effect of bankruptcy on a security clearance as I have experience in security clearance and related matters and can speak with you about the personal finance dimension of security clearance decisions.
I know that many bankruptcy attorneys have a member of their staff conduct the initial consultation at their office. Others have their clients fill out a long questionnaire ahead of time that basically amounts to having the client compose the bankruptcy petition. I’ve never done either of these things. When you come to my office for your free consultation, you will be meeting with me. I’ll let you explain your situation to me in your own words and tell me exactly what you want to accomplish, what problems you want to deal with and whatever else you think I should know. Then, I’ll ask you any questions that I need to in order to learn what I need to know to help. To compose your bankruptcy petition, you and I will go over everything together. This way, I can further explain anything you have questions about, explain why the Court and the bankruptcy trustees need to know these things and why they want to see the documents they require you to produce, and how your situation will determine how your bankruptcy is likely to go.
Florida Southern College
Lakeland, Florida, B.A. - 1991
Saint Thomas University School of Law
Miami Lakes, Florida, J.D. - 1997
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1900 S. Harbor City Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32901