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Daniel Edward Mueller

Daniel Edward Mueller

Harborstone Law LLP
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Consumer Law ...
  • Pennsylvania, Washington
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Biography

We represent individuals and business owners in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, civil litigation, debt settlement, debtor defense, foreclosure defense, mortgage modification, business law, and intellectual property. Our goal is to find the right solution for each client.

In addition, we represent clients in several areas of consumer law, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and other federal and state statutes intended to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors, creditors, and scammers.

Our business practice includes business formation, strategic planning, contracts, business debt negotiation, regulatory compliance, trademarks, copyrights, and outside general counsel services.

We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and Washington DC. (Offices located in Center City in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.)*

Not all services are available in all locations.

Education
University of South Carolina - Columbia
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Associate Editor in Chief of the SC Environmental Law Journal. Dean's List.
Activities: Pro Bono Program. Trial Competition. Faculty Research Assistant. Faculty Research Supervisor.
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Furman University
B.A. (1986) | History
Honors: Cum Laude, Deans List
Activities: Congressional intern, Municipal Intern, Various Volunteer Activities,
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Professional Experience
Senior Partner
Harborstone Law LLP
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The primary focus of this practice is Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, debt negotiation, intellectual property, and business law. (Formerly, Harbrostone Law Group.)
CEO
Flying Dart Productions
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Documentary film production company producing videos for non-profits and advocacy organizations.
Attorney
Groff Murphy, Lawyers
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Practice focused on complex commercial litiation.
Principal Attorney
Mueller Law Firm
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Primary focus of practice was on bankruptcy and civil litigation.
Attorney
Suggs & Kelly, Lawyers
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Primary focus of practice was on complex civil litigtion, including product liability, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, and ERISA.
Publications
Articles & Publications
High-Income Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: Crossing the Threshold
Philadelphia Bankruptcy Attorney Blog
Senior Citizens and Bankruptcy: When the Wolf is at Grandma's Door
Charleston Bankruptcy Blog
Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Member
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
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Washington State Bar
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
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South Carolina
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Washington
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We offer a free debt consultation to individuals in our geographic practice area. See our website for details.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept most major credit cards. (Bankruptcy clients may pay via debt card.)
  • Contingent Fees
    Representation in some non-bankruptcy matters is available on a contingency fee basis.
Practice Areas
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Consumer Law
    Class Action
    Foreclosure Defense
    Intellectual Property
    Trademarks
    Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Additional Practice Area
  • Debt Settlement
Legal Answers
Q. A collector that has been previously removed from my credit report keeps re-appearing as new account(s). What to do?
A: I agree with my Pennsylvania colleague. It sounds like the creditor has verified the debt in response to the credit bureaus' investigations. However, if they are misreporting the matter (e.g., claiming a false last payment date, misrepresenting the nature of the debt, etc.), you may have a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. There is some good news regarding credit reporting. The three main credit bureaus will begin removing paid medical debt from credit reports in July of 2022. In addition, they will no longer report medical debt under $500 or less than one-year-old. Of course, how this plays out remains to be seen. It is not too late to demand validation of the debt from the collector. However, you may have statute of limitations and other defenses and counterclaims. Therefore, I'd suggest speaking to a debtor defense attorney about your options before doing anything else.
Q. I filed an appeal of dismissal of a bankruptcy order. Is the automatic stay still in effect since appeal is pending?
A: The automatic stay ends when a bankruptcy case is dismissed. It does not continue during an appeal. Therefore, creditors may proceed with collections, including foreclosures and repossessions, at least until the dismissal is reversed. Although the automatic stay is typically reimposed upon the reversal of a dismissal, most courts have held that a reimposed stay runs from the date of the reversal, not from the original dismissal date. Sometimes refiling the case is a better option than appealing the dismissal. However, depending upon the type of case and circumstances of the dismissal, it may not be possible to refile immediately.
Q. I need an attorney to sue my pet insurance company for bad faith. There is also a possible claim under the consumer ...
A: Given the facts you presented, you may have bad faith, breach of contract, and other claims. Damages for insurance bad faith can include actual damages, interest on the damages, punitive damages, attorney's fees, etc. Therefore, you should undoubtedly ask an attorney to review the policy, medical records, advertising, etc. To win in an insurance bad faith case, you have to show that the insurer did not have a reasonable basis under the policy to deny benefits and knew its basis for the denial was unreasonable. If the policy provisions are as clear as you described, it is more difficult for the insurer to defend its decision. However, insurance policies can be tortuous. Note that in most insurance bad faith claims, you must follow the insurer's internal appeal process before filing a claim in court. Therefore, you may have to jump through the insurer's procedural hoops first, although you may want to speak to an attorney first. Typically, there are specific deadlines for filing an appeal. It is a little early to know if there is a potential class action here. However, it is possible if there are many similarly situated pet owners.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Harborstone Law
Blog
Philadelphia Bankruptcy Blog
Contact & Map
Harborstone Law
40 W. Evergreen Avenue, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Telephone: (215) 248-0989
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Evening and weekend appointments available upon request.
Harborstone Law Group
1628 JFK Blvd, Suite 400
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Telephone: (215) 279-9336
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Weekend and evening appointments available upon request.