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As a child, I watched Perry Mason reruns on television, which left me with the impression that lawyers help people get out of trouble. As a teenager, I first saw the film To Kill a Mockingbird.  The central character in the story, Atticus Finch, is a symbol of honor and integrity in the practice of law.  He represented clients because they needed him, because he could help them (sometimes), and because it was the right thing to do.  That ideal became a motivating force in my desire to become an attorney.

Prior to starting my own law practice, I worked for Bay Area litigation firms, representing men and women who had been exposed to asbestos and suffered from the devastating health effects of that exposure. I represented a wide variety of clients, but in particular, senior citizens. I developed bonds with many of my clients over the years. I appreciated their wisdom and courage.

Several years ago, when the recession began to wreak havoc on the middle class, I realized that I wanted to practice bankruptcy law in order to help people get out of debt and recover their dignity. After starting my practice, I learned about the huge number of lawsuits filed by debt buyers, and I decided that I could help many more people by representing people who have been sued by debt buyers, but don’t want to file for bankruptcy.   In 2013, I began representing clients in consumer protection cases filed against debt buyers and financial institutions.  In 2015, I began representing clients in student loan collection cases.

I am committed to providing affordable representation to consumers and small business owners, and to protecting the rights of all consumers.

Gregory Peck and Brock Peters as Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson in the classic 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird

I have been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 1999.  

I practice in state and federal courts in the following counties:

  • North Bay: Napa County, Sonoma County, Marin County
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • Peninsula/South Bay: San Mateo County, Santa Clara County
  • East Bay: Solano County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County

I am a proud member of these professional associations:

  • Queens Bench Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)

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The Law Office of Lisa J. Espada is a debt relief agency, helping consumers file for bankruptcy relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code.

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