Our Attorneys

The Attorneys of Frego & Associates


James P. Frego II

Jim is the founder and managing partner of Frego and Associates, which has been the largest bankruptcy law firm in Michigan for over 12 years and is among the Top 10 in the nation. Nationally recognized as an expert in the field, Jim has dedicated most of his legal career to helping people get relief from financial concerns of all kinds. He has used his knowledge and experience to teach bankruptcy to attorneys at several classes and seminars. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola Law School, Jim has handled and filed more bankruptcy cases than anyone else in the history of the State of Michigan, and has been certified as a Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy. Jim’s passion for helping people comes from his belief that everyone deserves a second chance …sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Danielle M. Miller

Danielle is an Attorney Manager and Senior Attorney at Frego & Associates. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Michigan Law School, respectively. She has 11 years of exclusive bankruptcy experience where she has adeptly and successfully handled thousands of Chapter 7 and 13 cases. Danielle is dedicated and driven to find solutions that meet the individual needs of prospective clients, and she is committed to providing competent and affordable service to all.

Glen T. Turpening

Glen is a senior attorney at Frego & Associates. He has 13 years of experience in the Bankruptcy field and has successfully handled thousands of cases. He thoroughly enjoys meeting new clients and helping them navigate their financial issues and aiding them in overcoming monetary difficulties.

David S. Wilkinson

David is a Senior Attorney at Frego and Associates. He has chosen to specialize in Bankruptcy Law because he believes it is one of the few areas where you can make a positive impact for your client in a short period of time. He enjoys the “problem solving” aspect of Bankruptcy cases and is certain that every client’s situation has a solution. Prior to working at Frego and Associates Dave worked as an Assistant County Prosecutor.

Jay E. Piggott

Jay is a Senior Attorney at Frego and Associates. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2004 and since that time has practiced exclusively in the area of Bankruptcy. He has handled thousands of cases in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Jay is a welcoming, approachable attorney skilled in helping clients find feasible and reasonable solutions to their most pressing financial problems.

Lydia D. Ammori

Lydia is a Senior Attorney at Frego & Associates. She has been practicing Bankruptcy Law since 2009 and has handled thousands of Bankruptcy cases. Lydia finds the area of Bankruptcy Law to be very rewarding. She believes that it is one of the few areas of the law where as your attorney she can genuinely help you and make a positive difference in your life. She prides herself on being able to get clients out of the most difficult and stressful financial situation they have ever been in and ultimately back on the right track financially. Lydia is repeatedly named and selected as Super Lawyer’s Rising Star in the area of Bankruptcy Law.

Toni D. Valchanov

Toni is an Associate Attorney at Frego and Associates. Prior to becoming an Attorney, Toni was a Paralegal with Frego and Associates. Because he enjoys seeing the results of his focus and energy on a daily basis, Toni became a Bankruptcy Attorney. He relishes finding purpose in the service of a higher cause – helping out people who truly need help.

Joseph L. Bernwanger

Joseph has been a practicing attorney since 2008. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and he obtained his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2008. Joe treats each and every client with the respect they’re entitled to. He doesn’t judge or offer blame, but will compassionately guide the client through some of the most difficult times of their lives. He has helped clients deal with foreclosures, overbearing debt collectors, traffic tickets and misdemeanors, family conflicts and custody issues and with general legal representation.

Mandi L. Sokana

Mandi graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2006. She has been practicing Bankruptcy Law since 2007. Mandi has been with Frego & Associates since 2011. She has a passion for helping people and loves knowing that Bankruptcy is giving people the fresh start that they need.

Eric P. Mulka

Eric is an Associate Attorney at Frego & Associates. Eric has been practicing law since 2010 and has been with the firm his entire legal career. Eric graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Philosophy and later completed his studies in 2010 graduating Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Eric has helped individuals navigate their financial hardships in over 2000 cases. He enjoys bankruptcy law for its complexity and focuses his efforts on relieving his client’s anxiety and frustrations experienced at some of the most troubling period of their lives.

Andrea Howard

Andrea is an Associate Attorney at Frego & Associates, PLC and has been practicing law for 9 years of which 8 of those years have included representation of clients in the United States Bankruptcy Court. Andrea is licensed to represent clients in both the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan and Northern District of Ohio. Her legal background and skill sets includes representation of Creditors in State Court Collections and Bankruptcy Proceedings. Her combined knowledge of both areas of law have assisted her in providing sound legal advice to thousands of individuals seeking financial relief and guidance. Andrea’s results driven attitude and her desire to help those in need is why Andrea has chosen to focus and expand her legal career in Creditor/Debtor Law.

Michael R. Benkstein

Michael Benkstein earned his Bachelor degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1999. He earned his Law degree at Michigan State University College of Law in 2005. Michael has been practicing bankruptcy for 10 years, and in that time has helped thousands of people navigate their economic difficulties. His legal experience also includes Debt Negotiation, Loan Modification, Property Tax Appeals, and Loss Mitigation. Michael leverages these experiences to create solutions for your unique financial challenges.

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