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Neeley Law

Kenneth Neeley founded Neeley Law Firm in 2009 when he recognized a pressing need for a legal practice that prioritized personalized service and unwavering dedication to clients. Armed with a profound understanding of the intricacies of the law and a passion for advocating on behalf of those facing legal challenges, Neeley set out to establish a firm that would provide exceptional representation and guidance. With a clear vision in mind, he meticulously assembled a team of talented attorneys who shared his commitment to excellence. Together, they cultivated an environment where clients could find solace and trust in the expertise of their legal advocates. From the outset, Neeley Law Firm became known for its client-centered approach, going above and beyond to ensure that each individual received the attention and support they deserved. Today, under Kenneth Neeley’s leadership, the firm continues to thrive, remaining steadfast in its mission to deliver unparalleled legal services and foster lasting relationships with clients.

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Kenneth Neeley, bankruptcy attorney, giving a free initial consultation
Tax Debt Resolution Attorney Nick Van Vleet consults with Amber Ray
Student Loan Paralegal Caroline Zemp shows Olivia Warkins how to discharge student loans on her laptop screen
Chapter 13 Attorney Geoff Khotim Consults with Bankruptcy Paralegal Angie Daniel


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Kenneth L. Neeley

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Before starting Neeley Law Firm, Kenn owned a custom software development company. His experience with explaining complex technology to business executives helped him learn how to take a complicated process and explain it in an understandable way. He will do that for you in your legal matter.

Kenn is a die-hard entrepreneur and loves small businesses.

Kenn has an amazing wife and 5 awesome kids who keep him sharp with their debate skills.

Professionally, Kenn is most proud of his two published appellate wins for consumer debtors: In re. Gray, 523 B.R. 170 (9th Cir. BAP 2014) and In re. Neidorf, 534 B.R. 369 (9th Cir. BAP 2015).

Nick, Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer

Nicholas T. Van Vleet

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Nick has been practicing bankruptcy and personal injury law since 2009 and is passionate about representing individuals who find themselves in difficult circumstances. He strives to provide each client with the individualized guidance and support they need throughout the legal process. Nick earned his JD and MBA from Arizona State University and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Nick has a wife and 4 children. He enjoys spending time outdoors and participating in the Tough Mudder each year.

Geoff Khotim, Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer

Geoff M. Khotim

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Geoffrey Khotim has over 27 years of bankruptcy experience as a consumer bankruptcy attorney and general litigator. Geoff has helped thousands of clients resolve their financial problems. He has also served as a Past Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section.

Geoff grew up in the Los Angeles area and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He is a graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego.  He has extensive experience in all areas of bankruptcy law, including consumer bankruptcy, business bankruptcy, creditor rights and bankruptcy trustee representation.

Geoff has been happily married since 1995 and has two daughters.  Geoff’s hobbies include cycling, ancient history, science fiction and spending time with family.

Karen Bentley, student loan debt lawyer

Karen G. Bentley

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Karen began her career as a teacher and principal and transitioned into the practice of law in 2016.   Karen began working as an attorney in a creditor’s rights firm, gaining solid experience on the Plaintiff’s side of consumer law.  Following this, she worked as an assistant attorney general where she handled over thirty trials from initial appearance to resolution.  As a partner at Neeley Law, Karen is currently leading the student loan litigation department which continues to grow.  She is quickly becoming a nationally recognized expert in the field of student loan law.  She championed multiple complete student loan discharges and successfully negotiated student loan settlements-saving her clients over $800,000 in student loan debt in the past year alone.

Outside of work, Karen is married with four grown children, one completely perfect grandson, and a very spoiled Australian cattle dog. She is an Arizona native and loves her Suns and Wildcats, even in the lean years. 


Rosa, Chapter 7 bankruptcy paralegal

Rosa Carrera


Rosa’s career in the legal profession started in Tucson, Arizona working for a small firm. She now has over 10 years of bankruptcy law experience as a paralegal. She has gained a lot of experiential knowledge assisting different attorneys and uses it daily at Neeley Law. She takes pride in helping her clients through difficult times. Outside of the office, Rosa loves spending time with her family, cooking, and being outdoors. She is a Diamondbacks fan and will catch a game any time there is an opportunity. She is also her daughter’s biggest fan on the softball field!

Angie, Chapter 13 bankruptcy paralegal

Angie Daniel


Angie has worked in the bankruptcy field for almost 10 years and has honed her knowledge here at Neeley. She studied music at the University of Arizona before deciding to pivot into law. Angie stays in bankruptcy law because of how rewarding it feels to help our clients.

Before starting her career, Angie was lucky enough to stay home to raise two boys who are now teenagers.  In her free time, she likes to relax with her kids and husband of almost 20 years, read, and keep her many houseplants.

Jocelyn, bankruptcy paralegal

Jocelyn Rick


Jocelyn practiced as bankruptcy attorney in Utah for ten years, in private practice representing Debtors, and as the Senior Staff Attorney for the Chapter 13 Trustee.  She retired from the practice of law when she moved to Arizona and spent the following decade concentrating on her family.  Kids grown, finding too much time on her hands, and (strangely) missing bankruptcy law, she reached out to Neeley Law to see if they had room in their Chapter 13 department and has been working on post confirmation Chapter 13 cases since 2021.

Emma, bankruptcy legal assistant

Emma Croxall

Legal Assistant

Emma has worked at Neeley Law for the past several years, starting in customer service and now working as a legal assistant. She has a passion for helping people who have found themselves in hard times, which she credits to her parents; both of whom constantly strive to better the lives of everyone around them. Emma loves the field of law and is very excited to be building her career with legal expertise, but she also has a particular love for psychology, and is currently working towards a psychology degree.

Emma prides herself on being a military spouse, currently living in South Carolina with her husband, who works in the Navy as a Nuclear specialist. On her days off, you can find her curled up with her kitten, Kiwi, and a fantasy book or spending her time on something artistic.

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Amber, bankruptcy client services director

Amber Ray

Client Services Director

Amber has been with Neeley Law since 2017, and her favorite part of her role is being able to utilize the skill she is most proud of: understanding others, then using that understanding to help them where they need to go. She’s always had a passion for people – be it through helping clients while previously a personal shopper, or picking her friends’ and family members’ brains at home (INFJ, here, for all you MBTI folks out there). When she’s not working, she’s either spending time with her girls, doing crosswords, or watching Star Trek reruns. 

Caroline, bankruptcy law client care advocate

Caroline Zemp

Client Care Advocate

Caroline graduated from ASU with a master’s in legal studies where received the 2022 Dean’s Award from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She has been working at Neeley Law with student loans for the last year, before then she worked at two higher education institutions managing their marketing, institutional reporting, and data collection. She spends her time outside of work with her beloved cat reading books, watching tv, and scrolling social media.

Nikki, bankruptcy law firm receptionist

Nikki Padgen

Gabrielle, bankruptcy law client services

Gabrielle Hereema

Client Intake Specialist

Gabrielle graduated from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. One area where she has truly thrived is in customer service. She has amassed an abundance of experience in this field, constantly striving to provide clients with the utmost respect and exceptional service. It brings her immense satisfaction to help people and ensure their needs are met. This commitment to exceptional customer care has allowed her to cultivate strong relationships with clients and contribute to their overall satisfaction. While her expertise lies in business management, she has always had a burning passion for law and is eager to explore this field further in the future. Beyond her professional pursuits, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and spending quality time with friends.

Olivia, bankruptcy firm executive assistant

Olivia Warkins

Executive Assistant

Olivia is currently a student at Arizona State University, majoring in Economics. Due to her lifelong desire to help people in a professional way, she is planning on attending law school after undergraduate. She appreciates the knowledge and experience she has gained thus far by working at Neeley Law, and is excited to learn more about the ins and outs of bankruptcy law. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with her dog, Scout, playing tennis, and playing the guitar.