About this office:
I understand that you are afraid. I also understand that even calling me is scary. I am as much a teacher as I am a lawyer. As such, here are my promises to you:
1) I will listen to you.
2) I will treat you with respect, compassion and courtesy.
3) I will provide you with more than a quarter century of competent, experienced legal advice - focusing on bankruptcy and foreclosure laws.
4) I will not suggest bankruptcy if there is a feasible option.
5) I promise to explain legal concepts in simple English and not to use complicated legal jargon..
6) I will provide you with a wonderful, compassionate staff.
7) With your help, I will keep my fees to a minimum.
8) I will guide you through the complicated bankruptcy process.
9) I will anticipate pitfalls and help you avoid them.
10) I will anticipate your needs and be ready to guide you to the next step.
11) I will be happy to provide personal references from both prior clients and other professionals.
12) Lastly, I will help you plan for your future after bankruptcy.
Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. was founded in 1990 by Diane L. Drain, counselor and attorney-at-law, an Arizona native. Ms. Drain has over forty years of practical legal experience. Since 1985, she has worked as a lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona. She is licensed in the State of Arizona and the United States District Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ms. Drain left her large firm to open her own firm focusing on creditor and debtor rights and real property lien enforcement. Prior to law school, Ms. Drain spent 15 years as a paralegal and law office administrator. She regularly appears before the United States Bankruptcy Court. Ms. Drain is a conservative and practical advocate for her creditor and debtor clients.
Diane L. Drain has received numerous awards for her dedication to the practice of law, including the Arizona State Bar's 1996 Member of the Year award and was featured several times in the Arizona Business Gazette, Arizona Attorney and other national and local publications. Along with many other awards and recognition, she received the Arizona State Bar Foundation's 2001 Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys.
She spends countless hours teaching bankruptcy, foreclosure and contract law at the Arizona School of Real Estate, a local professional school. She is an adjunct professor at the Phoenix School of Law. Ms. Drain helped to develop and continues to teach a course on Professionalism which is mandated by the Arizona Supreme Court for all Arizona attorneys.
Following the lead of her mentors, Ms. Drain is also dedicated to teaching. Since 1988, she has taught basic bankruptcy and real property issues at the Arizona School of Real Estate. She also teaches he fellow practitioners how to efficiently manage their law firms. She has published numerous articles on law office management and technology for the American Bar Association, State Bar of Arizona and many of the County Bar Associations; along with several local newspapers, including the Arizona Business Gazette. In 1994, she established The Legal Resource Group to help bring technology to law firms.
In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the United States District Court, District of Arizona, she is also a member of several professional associations: National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, various State Bar sections: including the State Bar Professionalism Committee, the Bankruptcy Section and the Real Property Section. Ms. Drain is a past president of the Maricopa Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyer's Association, a past Chair of the Solo Practitioner's Section of the Arizona State Bar, a past Chair of the Maricopa County Continuing Legal Education program and the founding Chairperson for the Arizona Trustee's Association. Ms. Drain was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Commission on Judicial Review and the Supreme Court's Commission on Technology.
Ms. Drain's community activities include participation in the Volunteer's Lawyers Programs, Law Week, Senior Citizens Law Project, Legal Assistance for the Elderly, and Volunteer Mediation Services. In 2009, she received Governor's Commission on Service and Volunteerism as the Small Business Annual Award. She also assists as a practice monitor for the State Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Program.
She is an author of: Bankruptcy Basics, Trustee Sales, numerous articles on bankruptcy, trustee sale process and law office management. Contributing author: Life, Law and the Pursuit of Balance, ABA publication, Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer, ABA publication, The Road to Independence, Commission on Women in the Profession, ABA publication.
She is married to a wonderful man, Jay, a mother and stepmother of four girls, and grandmother of two girls and two boys.
Clients: Individuals who need bankruptcy counsel and advice; Small business who need bankruptcy counsel and advice; Chapter 7 advice for both individuals and small business; Chapter 13 advice for individuals.