Brad Sadek is the founder and managing partner of Sadek and Cooper. He has been practicing bankruptcy law since 2002. He launched his own practice in 2006, focusing on consumer debtor bankruptcy law. Since the firm’s founding, Brad has helped more than 4,000 clients with foreclosure defense, debt relief and bankruptcy filing.
How Brad became a lawyer. He took the LSAT during college to help out his nervous roommate at Penn State, and did well. After graduation, he took a job as a stockbroker-in-training and found himself dissatisfied. When a postcard arrived advertising enrollment in law school, he was intrigued and soon after enrolled at Rutgers School of Law. After passing the bar exam in 2002, he was, for a short while, the youngest lawyer in Pennsylvania.
“Once I started practicing law and seeing how it helped people, I fell in love with the practice and the results.”
Why Brad chose to practice bankruptcy law. As a new lawyer, he started out at a large law firm in Philadelphia practicing Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcy/reorganization law on the creditors side of the table. “I didn’t have much client contact. I spent most of my day on the computer or with books. I wanted to directly help people, so I was drawn to the consumer debtors’ side.”
The philosophy Brad brings to the practice of bankruptcy law. “I try to put myself in their shoes.” Over the years of his practice, Brad has come to recognize that each client and each situation is unique. Unique situations require unique solutions. He tries to assess the specific circumstances his client is facing and the best solution to guide them to the future they desire.
“Sometimes, it’s bankruptcy. Sometimes it’s something related to bankruptcy. It’s my responsibility to guide them to the best solution given the totality of their circumstance.”
The origins of Sadek and Cooper. In 2004, Brad was recruited by a bankruptcy law firm looking to open an office in Philadelphia. He came aboard and was able to build a practice from the ground up. In 2006, he took his knowledge and experience and opened his own law firm – Sadek Law Offices, now known as Sadek and Cooper.
“I was scared, I had zero clients. But, I had a drive to truly help people, and put them in a position where going forward they would be able to buy a car, buy a house and save. I still get those rewards today. Truthfully, that’s what keeps me going.”
Brad’s plans for the future of Sadek and Cooper. Born and raised (and currently living in) New Jersey, Brad would like to bring the successful bankruptcy practice that they’ve built in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas to the people of New Jersey.
“We’d like to bring our philosophy across the bridge. I think they may be underserved, and we’d like to do a lot more there.”
In fact, Brad just brought another team member on to begin better serving New Jersey.
Brad outside of the office. He collects longboard surfboards. He is a fan of the Sixers and the Philadelphia Eagles. He enjoys fishing. Most of all, however, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters and his wife.
Brad’s family was affected by MS when a favorite uncle was lost to the disease. For the last 13 years, he has captained a team of high school friends (Slowly But Shorely) which has ridden in the MS 150 bicycle race from Cherry Hill to Ocean City.
Brad also hosts a radio show in Philadelphia – Philly Labor Radio. Sadek and Cooper represents many unions in the city. The radio show was created to provide information around consumer law and bankruptcy law. People are able to call in and ask questions. “It’s a great forum that is mostly anonymous that allows them to come on and ask a question and have a lawyer answer.”