Leaders in the Modern Practice of Consumer Chapter 7 Law

The professionals at Protego Law are national experts and thought leaders on providing affordable access to Chapter 7 bankruptcy for consumers who couldn't otherwise afford counsel.


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Dan Garrison is a co-founder and lead litigation counsel at Protego Law, and a co-founder and Managing Director of Fresh Start Funding, the nation’s leading provider of financing and business services to chapter 7 attorneys who provide post-petition payment terms to their clients. Over the last a quarter-century, Dan developed a national reputation in corporate restructuring, business bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation.  He now brings that experience to bear in advising and representing chapter 7 attorneys who offer post-petition payment terms to their clients.

Dan holds an AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, and has been listed in Southwest Superlawyers for bankruptcy and Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation.  In 2005, Dan’s work with a troubled sand-and-gravel company was recognized as the “Turnaround of the Year” by the Arizona Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, and in 2011 he was again a finalist for that award for his work with a large residential rental company. In 2017, his work with two troubled hospitals was recognized as the national “Turnaround of the Year” in the middle-market category by the Turnaround Management Association and as the “Healthcare Transaction of the Year” by M&A Advisor. 

Dan has been a regular speaker and teacher for various state and local bar and professional associations and the American Bankruptcy Institute, and recently published articles on bifurcating chapter 7 cases, entitled “Liberating Debtors from the Sweatbox: Bifurcation in Consumer Chapter 7 Cases” in the July 2018 issue of the ABI Journal, and “There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Information: Disclosure of Bifurcation and Financing in Chapter 7 Cases” in the July 2019 issue of that same publication.  Publication of a third article, entitled “Navigating the Confluence of Access to Justice and the Business of Law: The History and Modern Practice of Bifurcating Consumer Chapter 7 Cases” is forthcoming.

Dan graduated from the University of Utah College of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served on the Utah Law Review.  Following graduation, he clerked for the Hon. Dee V. Benson of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. He serves on the Alumni Board of Trustees of his law school, and is a founding board member, former board chair and governance committee chair of Care Fund, a charity that provides housing assistance to the families of critically ill children.


Matt Hartley’s professional career spans nearly three decades and includes a variety of positions such as Chief Executive Officer, President, Fund Manager, Law Partner and Managing Director for start-ups, law firms, closely held companies and Fortune 500 corporations.  Mr. Hartley has been involved with M&A, Financing, Consulting, Advising and Development of companies and transactions involving billions of dollars.

Matt is the co-founder of Protego Law and a founding member and Managing Director of Fresh Start Funding, a nationwide provider of financing for consumer bankruptcy practices.  Prior to founding Fresh Start Funding, Mr. Hartley formed the Hartley Law Center, which in less than three years grew into the largest filer of Chapter 7 bankruptcies in Arizona and one of the largest filers in the United States.

Prior to focusing on Chapter 7 bankruptcies, Mr. Hartley spent nearly 10 years serving as consultant, trustee and receiver in a variety of industries.  His positions included Managing Director of a regional consulting firm, court-appointed trustee for an investment company with nearly 2,000 investors and over $1BB in investor funds, CEO of a restaurant chain, plan trustee and plan administrator of a defined benefit plan, receiver and asset manager for a health-care related real estate fund, and advisor and receiver for a variety of national lending institutions.

Mr. Hartley began his lending career as a founding member and Managing Director of Colonial Capital.  After selling Colonial Capital, he started and managed Coppercrest Capital, a privately held real estate fund, and its affiliate Coppercrest Leveraged Mortgage Fund.  Mr. Hartley raised over $100MM for the Coppercrest entities and became one of the largest private real estate lenders in Arizona.

Mr. Hartley started his professional career as an attorney and partner with several regional and international law firms, including Skadden Arps, Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders & Dempsey) and Gallagher & Kennedy. His clients included a variety of national and international corporations, such as Kmart Corporation, in the disposition of Builder’s Square; Service Merchandise, in the disposition of surplus real estate; Arizona Diamondbacks, in the development and financing of Chase Field; and numerous real estate developers in the development, financing, management and disposition of many office, retail, industrial and multi-family projects.

Mr. Hartley obtained his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University and his Business Management degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  His past and present professional affiliations include the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association and Turnaround Management Association.



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