Mr. Richard C Koman

Mr. Richard C Koman

Law Offices of Richard C Koman
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Collections...
  • California
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Summary

In these difficult economic times, my practice focuses on representing consumers in landlord/tenant conflicts, collections actions, and Chapter 7 bankruptcies. On the business side, I have advised employers, set up LLCs and protected bloggers against cease-and-desist orders.

Some recent cases:
* Numerous win-win settlements in landlord/tenant cases.
* I'm currently involved in suing several landlords who rented grossly uninhabitable premises.
* Consumer credit defense.
* Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Foreclosure Defense
Additional Practice Area
  • Landlord/Tenant
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Mention Justia or Nolo for a free half-hour consultation. For all others, there is a $25 initial consultation fee.
  • Contingent Fees
    30 to 40%, Split contingency/fee available at $115/hour plus 20% contingency.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $200 per hour. Generally $1,000-$2,000 retainer, depending on circumstances.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Professional Experience
Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Richard C Koman
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Solo practitioner representing individuals and businesses in landlord/tenant, employment law, digital rights, and consumer credit problems, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Volunteer Clerk/Attorney
Legal Aid of Sonoma County
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Conducted intake interviews of clients; drafted motions, answers and declarations in unlawful detainer defense; drafted temporary restraining order requests in domestic violence and elder abuse; negotiated stipulated judgments with opposing counsel.
Judicial Clerk
Sonoma Superior Court
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Reviewed parties' arguments, researched the law, and advised the Court on how to rule on specific legal issues.
Law Clerk
California Rural Legal Assistance
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Performed legal research and wrote office memoranda on such legal questions as landlord/tenant law, causes of action, rules of court. Reviewed evidence, drafted statement of facts and outlined legal analysis for brief in mediation. Drafted summary of relevant case law for appellate brief.
Advisor
Sonoma Small Claims Clinic
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Interviewed and counseled over 200 members of the public seeking information about using the the Small Claims Court. Typical conflicts included breach of contract, landlord-tenant dispute, wage-and-hour disputes.
Education
Empire College Law School
J.D. / Law
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
The George Washington University Law School
B.A. / Journalism, Political Science
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Awards
Pro Bono Award
Sonoma County Bar Assoc.
Received Sonoma County Bar Assoc. award for volunteer attorney efforts for Legal Aid of Sonoma County.
Certificate of Appreciation
Sonoma County Courts
Law clerk for Judge Gary Nadler.
Certificate of Appreciation
California Rural Legal Assistance
Volunteer law clerk for nonprofit law agency
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation
Service Corps of Retired Executives
Went to Macedonia on USAID-sponsored international development mission.
Professional Associations
Sonoma County Bar Association
Member
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Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. If you purse an existing debt after a bankruptcy is complete will the debtor have to repay?
A: If I follow the question correctly, you are asking if the debt still exists after the bankruptcy discharge? In general terms, no - a Chapter 7 bankruptcy wipes out the debt - assuming we are talking about an unsecured nonpriority claim. In various scenarios, the debt could still remain.
Q. Can u legally get a sixty day notice to leave your appartment for no reason at all
A: Yes. That is what a 60 day is for - for the landlord to be able to choose whom she wants to live in her property. The only exception to this is the landlord can't evict for an "improper" purpose - meaning retailation, discrimination, that sort of thing.
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Contact & Map
Office
1400 North Dutton Ave,
Suite 21
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
USA
Telephone: (707) 544-5354