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Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyers

Cutler & Associates, Ltd. is made up of several attorneys who are dedicated to helping Chicago families find relief from overwhelming debt. Established in 1990, our firm has more than 30 years of combined legal experience helping people rebuild their lives after the stress and damage of severe debt. Each attorney with our team is compassionate toward clients who are facing a difficult decision such as bankruptcy.

While you may have heard rumors that bankruptcy is a bad thing, we can assure you otherwise. Bankruptcy is one of the best ways for a struggling consumer to eliminate their excessive debts and start over. Our lawyers will provide personal, confidential legal counsel from the moment you receive your free case evaluation until your bankruptcy process is complete. Contact Cutler & Associates, Ltd. today at (847) 282-4899 or visit our office to speak directly with a Chicago bankruptcy attorney and learn more!

Read below to learn more about our team:

David H. Cutler

After passing the Illinois Bar and Illinois Certified Public Accounting exams in 1990, David Cutler began his legal career combining his legal and financial skills for the benefit of small business and entrepreneurial type clients. He has served as corporate counsel to numerous start-up, mid-size, and public companies. His litigation experience includes bench and jury trials, ranging from tort to corporate and commercial litigation, and includes trademark, employment, shareholder oppression, contract, real estate, consumer fraud and franchise litigation. The testimony to his success is a near 100% long term client retention.

As Cutler & Associates grew, Cutler chose to concentrate his practice in consumer bankruptcy, where his accounting and financial background has earned him respect and appreciation amongst his peers and court trustees alike.

Cutler has served on various non-profit boards and has been recognized and honored by the Chicago Legal Volunteer Services, The Ark and the Chicago Legal Clinic.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • University of Miami Law School, 1990, J.D.
  • Touro College, New York, NY, B.S. Accounting 1986

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Stuart L. Swanson

Stuart Swanson is a Partner with Cutler & Associates, Ltd. Since joining Cutler and Associates, Ltd. in 2005 Stuart's primary areas of practice have been bankruptcy, real estate, general litigation and corporate transnational work. The experience in these various arenas has allowed Stuart to work with families, individuals and small business owners to resolve their financial problems. Before practicing law Stuart spent almost ten years working for some of the most recognized corporations in America as a manager; most recently serving as Hershey Chocolate, USA's Chicago District Sales Supervisor. When not in the office, Stuart enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. Stuart also supports local charities and he does pro bono work through Catholic Charities, helping low income families and veterans understand debt and credit issues. In fact, his efforts were recognized by Catholic Charities in February 2009, when Stuart was named Volunteer of the Month.

When meeting with a new client Stuart challenges them to do research on the attorney they are hiring and believes that our team provides the best service to its clients. As he tells many new clients, "We are not the most expensive firm, nor the cheapest firm, we charge a fair price and give outstanding service."

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Loyola Law School Chicago, 2004
  • Bradley University, 1993

Joann Dinneen

Joann Dinneen received her law degree from DePaul University in 1979.Shortly thereafter,she joined the Cook County Public Defender's Office, where she worked in the areas of Juvenile Court, Appeals, Traffic Court, Mental Health Court and then as felony trial assistant at 26th and California and Skokie for many years. She conducted numerous bench and jury trials at every level of felonies from murders to the lowest class felonies and misdemeanors.

Joan joined Cutler & Associates because of her extensive trial experience, where she handles civil litigation cases. Her practice includes Mechanic's Liens cases, defending and prosecuting contracts cases, defending and prosecuting evictions and mortgage foreclosure defense cases, all while maintaining her own criminal defense practice in traffic, misdemeanors and felonies.

Joann volunteers with Legal Resistance Clinic where she advises and consults with low-income homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes from foreclosure and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. She was elected to the Board of Education of Sunset Ridge District 29 for two four-year terms in 1996. For fun, Joann loves to listen to her husband Rick play the guitar, visit her family in Ireland, travel, read and is developing a prairie-style garden at her home in Wilmette.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense

Bar Admission

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 1979
  • Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, Speech Pathology and Audiology, 1971.

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Zlatina (Ina) Meier

Zlatina (Ina) Meier received her J.D. from Capital Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 2006 and became licensed to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of Ohio. Ina joined a general practice law firm the same year, where she worked in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, and business law. Ina became licensed in the State and Federal Courts in Illinois in 2007 and soon after being licensed joined one of the nation's largest bankruptcy firms and worked in their Chicago mail office. During her time there she advanced to the position of Senior Attorney. Ina represented thousands of consumers in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, FDCPA cases, and divorce cases. Ina managed the firm's offices in Schaumburg and Aurora for over 2 years. Ina subsequently worked for The Law Firm of Wendy R. Morgan in 2010, where she continued to diligently represent the clients' interests in the areas of bankruptcy and family law. In 2011, Ina joined The Law Firm of Cutler & Associates to focus on a more personal approach and team work to protect the clients' legal rights in the areas of bankruptcy and family law. In her leisure time, Ina enjoys traveling around the world and going on a long walk on the shore line with her husband and golden retriever.

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy, Family Law, FDCPA, Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Capital Law School, Ohio J.D., 2006, Honor Order of the CURIA
  • American University, B.A. in Business Administration, 2003
  • American University, B.A. in Journalism, 2003

Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation

Anna Farkas

Anna Farkas has worked as Paralegal at Cutler and Associates for three years. Prior to this Anna worked for another law firm for ten years, primarily handling Real Estate and Estate Planning matters .

Anna was born and raised in Chicago, is fluent in Spanish and is the youngest of seven children. During non working hours Anna enjoys hiking, karaoke, salsa dancing, Tai Chi, Musical Theatre, watching movies and spending time with her family, friends and her pets. Anna is currently learning French and auditioning for plays with local theaters.


Anna Pilich

Anna Pilich has worked as Paralegal at Cutler and Associates for over 3 years. She takes care of the Bankruptcy department at the firm. Anna was born and raised in Poland. Prior to becoming a Paralegal she was an international student advisor at one of Chicago's colleges where she helped Polish students enroll into ESL classes. When she's not glued to a computer and getting paper cuts at the office Anna enjoys traveling, biking, and taking pictures.

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