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Diane L. Drain

Diane L. Drain

Helping You Get Your Life Back on Track
  • Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law
  • Arizona
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Summary

As a well known attorney, Diane truly believes that “when you find your passion, going to work every day is a joy, not a job.” Her clients and fellow lawyers can attest to her passion and commitment to excellence. She practices only the areas of bankruptcy and real estate laws. Ms. Drain is a professor of law and has taught bankruptcy for more than 20 years. Since 2006 she has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the highest rating for an attorney and shows that Ms. Drain has reached the pinnacle of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity by both her clients and fellow lawyers.

Education
University of Arizona
J.D. | law
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Honors: Law Review
Professional Experience
Attorney
Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
- Current
Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.C. was founded in 1990 by Diane L. Drain, counselor and attorney-at-law, an Arizona native. Ms. Drain has over thirty 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.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13, 2012 ed
spatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business
The Road to Independence, Commission on Women in the Profession
American Bar Association
• Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer
American Bar Association
Life, Law and the Pursuit of Balance; A Lawyer's Guide to Quality of LIfe
American Bar Association
Awards
highest rating possible by both peers and clients
Avvo
38 clients reviews and 19 peer endorsements - for a rating of 10 out of 10 since 2011.
Ruth V. McGregor Award
Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Maricopa County
This reception is a celebration of individuals who support women in the law by contributing to the advancement of women in the profession. Diane Drain, Esq., is our honored guest this year and will be receiving the Ruth V. McGregor Award for her support of women in the law. Ms. Drain focuses her solo practice on bankruptcy and has been a long-time, active participant in AWLA, and currently serves in a leadership role on a number of boards and committees including the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors, the State Bar’s Bankruptcy Section and Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section.
Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to helping Arizona citizens understand their rights in bankruptcy
State Bar of Arizona, Bankruprtcy Section and Bankruptcy Court
Chief Judge Daniel Collins, of the Arizona Bankruptcy Court, presented Diane with a Lifetime Achievement Pro Bono Award, sponsored by the Arizona Bankruptcy Section, “(f)or a career of overwhelming and extraordinary pro bono services in establishing the Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center and leadership in the bankruptcy pro bono programs.”
Service and Volunteerism as the Small Business Annual Award.
Governor's Commission
Arizona State Bar President’s Award
State Bar of Arizona
Received the Arizona State Bar Member of the Year Award
State Bar of Arizona
Professional Associations
Arizona Summit Law School
Ret. Adjunct Professor
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Activities: teaches bankruptcy law and law office administration
Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel 'ACBC'
co-Founder and co-Executive Director
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Activities: ACBC was established to help consumer debtor attorneys in better representing their clients. Our goal was to raise the level of professionalism within the consumer debtor bar and undo the damage done by TV advertising firms that treat their clients like cattle. We have had two successful runs at passing new laws to protect the Arizona consumer.
Board of Governors, State Bar of Arizona
Board member
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Arizona School of Real Estate
Instructor
- Current
Activities: teaches bankruptcy and real estate law
various organizations
lawyer
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Activities: 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 her 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
9th Circuit
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    As a retired law professor my focus is to educate everyone about the bankruptcy process (both debtors and creditors). We offer a detailed free consultation for everyone, including referrals to other non-bankruptcy options. Our fees are based on the complexity and type of work needed. Normally we offer flat fees with a focus on your ability to pay, depending on circumstances.
Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure
  • Trustee Sales
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
2375 East Camelback
Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85016
USA
Telephone: (602) 246-7106
Fax: (602) 249-1969