Committee Co-Chairs

Richard Klass, Esq.

The Law Offices of Richard A. Klass, Esq., Brooklyn, NY


Norma E Ortiz

Norma Ortiz, Esq.

Ortiz & Ortiz LLP, Astoria, New York

Norma E. Ortiz has been practicing bankruptcy law since graduating from N.Y.U. School of Law in 1987. She has a broad and diverse background and handles a wide variety of bankruptcy cases. Norma honed her skills in business bankruptcy Chapter 11 cases by serving as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee’s Office, and clerking for the former Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of New York Arthur J. Gonzalez. She joined her father’s law firm and expanded her bankruptcy practice to include personal bankruptcy cases. Norma also helps those in need of representation in bankruptcy lawsuits and creditors in bankruptcy cases.

Norma believes strongly in helping others and has dedicated time to teaching other lawyers and clients about the benefits of bankruptcy. She has lectured on bankruptcy issues for the Bar Association of the City of New York, the American Bar Association, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, Brooklyn Law School, Law Line, and numerous other organizations. She has also volunteered her time to serve as the Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the N.Y.S. Bar Association’s Business Law Section, as a member of the Chapter 11 Lawyer’s Advisory Committee to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York, and as a member of the Second Circuit’s Committee on Civic Education.

Norma lives in Manhattan and New Paltz, New York, with her two remote-learning and wonderful teen daughters.

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