Michael J. Spangler
Pat is the Managing Partner of The Semrad Law Firm, which does business as DebtStoppers, the largest consumer law firm in the United States. Patrick concentrates on providing access to affordable legal representation to bankruptcy clients regardless of their income. Since 2004, the firm has grown from four attorneys in Chicago to over 85 attorneys in five states with offices in Europe as well.
Practicing consumer bankruptcy law is a privilege for Pat. He knows of no other area of law that empowers an attorney to make such an immediate positive impact on his clients’ lives. It has been Pat’s mission to foster a team of attorneys and staff who are as passionate about helping individuals and families that are facing financial hardship. In this, Pat views his position as Managing Partner to be a support role dedicated to providing resources and professional development to every employee at DebtStoppers.
Pat periodically volunteers legal services through the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic and the Together for Childhood Network in Lake County. He advises The Balance Project, a local not-for-profit founded by his wife, Agi, which supports mental health throughout the community.
Pat is a member of the Illinois Bar, Florida Bar, and General Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Semrad graduated magna cum laude from DePaul College of Law, where he was a member of the DePaul Law Review. He also received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from DePaul.
Outside of his professional activities, Pat is an active member of the Windy City Chapter of YPO. He is also an active community member in Highland Park and regularly participates in local events and political campaigns. He enjoys woodworking, sailing, and playing terrible paddle. He is also a member for the Union League Club of Chicago.