Denise 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.