The best way to find a lawyer to file a bankruptcy for you in Houston is to be referred to one by a friend or relative that has previously used their services. Of course, not everyone wants to admit to their friends or relatives that they have filed bankruptcy. If you refer someone to us, we never tell them that you filed bankruptcy, unless you authorize it.

Other than referral, search for one on the internet. Mr. Black recommends that you interview more than one attorney, until you find one that you are comfortable with.

Mr. Black also recommends that you hire an attorney that is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. There are only about 22 here in the Houston area that are Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and handle debtor cases (people that owe money), as opposed to attorneys that represent creditors. Mr. Black has been Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law since 1989.

Also, you can look at rating websites such as to see how the attorney is rated, and read reviews by past clients and other attorneys. Mr. Black is rated "10" or "Superb" by Avvo. Another popular review site is, and Mr. Black is peer-review rated AV(R) "Preeminent" by Martindale.

Finally, I suggest that you ask the attorney for some of their publications. Most won't have any. In addition to writing articles for continuing legal education events where he taught other attorneys about bankruptcy, Mr. Black has written a book about bankruptcy for his clients, as well as two Special Reports.

In addition, Mr. Black has written a vast amount of information about bankruptcy that is free on this website.  Mr. Black believes that his clients should be given the opportunity to learn all that they want to, before undertaking a serious legal procedure like bankruptcy.

J Thomas Black
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Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization