About Us

Stephen Schafer

I am a lifelong resident of Central Ohio.

I went to the Ohio State University as an undergraduate, and graduated with honors with a major in history and minors in philosophy and economics. I worked for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission for almost a year before I started law school at The Harvard Law School from which I graduated in 1972.

After graduating from law school, I served as an Assistant Attorney General for several months while awaiting the results of the Ohio Bar examination. I was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 1973. I am also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for both the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

I married my wife (life partner and office manager) Shirley in 1974, and our only child, a son, was born in 1977.

With the birth of our son, I put my law practice on hold and took a position with the State of Ohio as an Administrative Law Judge which permitted me to maintain a part time private practice in the federal Bankruptcy Court. When our son began school, with Shirley’s help I quit the job with the State of Ohio, and, again, entered fulltime private practice.

In 1985, I limited my practice to the field of consumer bankruptcy law.

I am a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and Public Justice.

Shirley Schafer

 Shirley is a nurse by profession. She ran Upjohn’s Home Nursing offices in Central Ohio and was engaged in Intensive Care nursing at Ohio State Medical Center when I persuaded her helping me would be better than a career in nursing. She bought that line and has run my office ever since. Truly, I believe she could do anything, not only is she a nurse and an office manager, but she upholstered all of my office furniture, rehabbed 2 old doubles in Victorian Village for her mother, and has never had a traffic ticket. I think she is special, and I am sure you will too.