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Robert J. Semrad

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Rob Semrad is a life-long Chicago resident and second-generation Chicago attorney. He graduated from DePaul Law in 1994 like many new law school grads, undecided about what area of law he wanted to practice. But for Rob, his very first job out of school — working in a personal bankruptcy practice — made that decision for him. Rob learned quickly that bankruptcy law gave him everything he wanted in a law career — the opportunity to do the most good for the greatest number of people.

Rob worked for that original firm for seven years, before purchasing it in 2003. Re-christened "Robert J. Semrad & Associates" and with the trade name "DebtStoppers," Rob's firm went on to help thousands of families restructure and eliminate debt, save their homes, and start fresh through bankruptcy debt relief.

Rob's continuing commitment to his community and its financial education has never been more important to him than it is now — in the wake of the mortgage crisis caused by the lending practices of the mortgage industry, practices that have caused the greatest damage in minority communities. After nearly 18 years of practicing bankruptcy law, Rob still gets the greatest satisfaction from standing up for the individual against the power and the abusive practices of the credit industry.

In addition to establishing Debtstoppers, Robert J Semrad and his family founded the Semrad Foundation to spotlight the causes and the people that are making a difference in the communities they serve.