Meet The Team
Brett Weiss literally wrote the book on bankruptcy law, co-authoring the LexisNexis-published Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors. An Honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, he is a nationally known bankruptcy attorney representing individuals and businesses in complex liquidation (Chapter 7) and reorganization (Chapter 13, Chapter 11, and the Small Business Reorganization Act).
With nearly 40 years of experience representing individual and corporate debtors and the occasional creditor in all phases of a bankruptcy case, Brett is dedicated to solving his clients’ most challenging problems.
Brett Weiss has been involved in several consumer and business bankruptcy cases of first impression, and he has lectured thousands of lawyers on a variety of bankruptcy topics, including Chapter 11 and the Small Business Reorganization Act reorganizations and Chapter 7 liquidations. He has spoken before the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association, among others.
Brett has twice testified before Congress on bankruptcy and credit issues and before the Bankruptcy Rules Committee and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He recently served on the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Individual Chapter 11 Task Force.
Brett Weiss is a prolific author, having written hundreds of articles and blogs on complex bankruptcy issues. He has received international media attention in connection with his work, including an interview by Barbara Walters on The View. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News with Peter Jennings, National Public Radio, The Montel Williams Show, AARP-TV, the BBC World Service, and numerous local radio and television programs. The Washington Post, Money magazine, The Daily Record, and many others have quoted Brett Weiss on newsworthy bankruptcy topics.
More About Brett
Brett Weiss and his wife, Chrissy, are Walt Disney World fanatics, having cruised with Disney nearly two dozen times. Brett is also a professionally trained singer, performing with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and The London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall. His chorus even performed (and recorded) Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral with a 100-piece orchestra playing 18th-century instruments from the Smithsonian Institution!
Daniel Press practices primarily bankruptcy and intellectual property law. A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Press served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Jaime Pieras Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Press and Brett Weiss are the authors of the leading book on Chapter 11 bankruptcy for individuals, entitled Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors, a Collier Monograph. Mr. Press practices primarily in the Bankruptcy and Federal District Courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, as well as other U.S. Appellate, District and Bankruptcy Courts around the country.
In addition to teaching Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcy through Max Gardner’s Bankruptcy Bootcamps, he is a regular speaker on bankruptcy and related topics at seminars and programs locally and nationwide.
John Gabel practices in the areas of bankruptcy and bankruptcy defense, environmental advising, business support, estate planning and representation of first-time and other home purchasers in real estate transactions. Mr. Gabel serves as general counsel to various businesses, and has represented general contractors in construction litigation.
As an attorney he has worked with and represented general contractors, small businesses, homeowners, artists, a professional ballet company and more in a wide range of areas from bankruptcy to project finance to foreclosure defense, easement disputes, contract negotiations, estate planning and other needs.
Chetan Gopal is a 3rd year Law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before joining The Weiss Law Group, he clerked at an immigration law firm.
Chetan came to the United States at age 9 from India. Reading a book about American presidents, he noticed that most shared a common trait--they were lawyers. From that moment, he decided that he wanted to become a lawyer.
Chetan graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2012, and then successfully ran his family business before starting law school in 2017.
Chetan says, "The most rewarding part of my job as a paralegal is the relief I hear in the client's voice when they are no longer hounded by creditors or their home is safe from foreclosure."
In his spare time (what little there is!), Chetan enjoys reading, working out, and spending time with friends and family.