Denise M. Shear

  • Denise M. Shear,  consumer and business bankruptcy attorneyDenise M.  Shear has over 16 years of legal experience.
  • Attorney Shear is a partner at Rescia & Shear, LLP with offices in Connecticut and Massachusetts, focusing on consumer and business bankruptcy representation and alternatives, small business representation and estate planning.
  • From 2000 to 2015, Attorney Shear worked at the Ostrander Law Office in Northampton, MA, where she represented individuals and small businesses in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, conducted real estate transactions and assisted individuals with tax issues and estate planning.  Attorney Shear also assisted David W. Ostrander, a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, with the administration of Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases.
  • She is board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.  This certification means that she has met the qualifications of that organization for being considered a specialist in the area of consumer bankruptcy law.
  • Attorney Shear currently serves on the United States Bankruptcy Court District of Massachusetts Pro Bono Legal Services Advisory Committee.
  • She is co-chair of the MBA Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference.
  • From 2006 to 2008 Attorney Shear was selected to serve on the Massachusetts Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee.
  • She is an active member of the Hampshire County Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association.
  • She is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
  • From 2006-2014, Attorney Shear was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star by Boston Magazine.
  • She is an active participant of the Western Division of the M. Ellen Carpenter financial literacy program.
  • Attorney Shear has presented at and authored materials for many seminars on bankruptcy law.
  • She received her Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1996, where she was selected to be a Wesleyan Scholar.
  • She received her Juris Doctor Law Degree cum laude from Roger Williams University School of Law in 1999, where she received the CALI Award for Excellence in Bankruptcy.

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