Staff Bios

Staff Biographies

Meet Our Hawaii Bankruptcy Attorney and Legal Staff

You may be wondering who will handle your Hawaii bankruptcy, debt settlement, or tax resolution case. Our Honolulu bankruptcy lawyer and his staff decided to tell you a little bit about ourselves so that you know who you are talking to when you contact us.

Blake Goodman, Senior Attorney

Photo of attorney Blake GoodmanI received my law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1989 and have been exclusively practicing bankruptcy related law in Texas, New Mexico, and Hawaii ever since. In the past, I was a Certified Public Accountant, receiving my license from the State of Maryland in 1988. Today I am unlicensed, inactive and am not holding myself out as a CPA.

I specialize in providing solutions to a family’s debt burdens and tax problems. To date, I’ve helped over 8,000 individuals and families alleviate their financial setbacks caused by overwhelming debt problems. Our law firm is one of the largest bankruptcy filers in the entire state of Hawaii. I am a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Federal Bankruptcy Law Section, the Tax Freedom Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers. In addition to being a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, my article “The Often Overlooked 10-Year Tax Discharge Rule” was published in the ABI Journal.

I moved to Hawaii in 1999 with Blanca, my wife, who works with me at the office, because we wanted to live in tropical paradise. We now have twin daughters and have found Hawaii to be more than just a pretty place to live.  It is the center of the universe for us.

Elwen Freitas, Attorney

Photo of attorney Julia OatenI graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law in 2012. Prior to that, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Language and Political Science. I grew up in Waianae and am a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. Before working for Blake Goodman, I was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii representing low-income clients in bankruptcy, eviction, and fair housing proceedings. Although I have only been practicing for a few years, I truly believe that the practice of law is a healing profession. This is especially true for our clients, where the debt may be stressful and burdensome. The bankruptcy provides our clients with the fresh start and creditor protections usually relieving them of the stress and burdens associated with debt.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family – my wife and two daughters. I try to get my family outdoors when possible and I also enjoy good food, especially with family and friends.

Claudia Lopez, Paralegal

Photo of Trista AdamsonPrior to coming to Hawaii, I lived in Florida where I worked in various law offices for over 10 years. I am new to bankruptcy law, but learning quickly and enjoy being able to help people find a new beginning and solve their economic problems.

My family comes from Columbia. I speak Spanish, and surprisingly have found quite a few Latin Americans in Hawaii. I enjoy hiking, and of course Hawaii’s beautiful beaches.

Blanca Goodman, Debt Negotiation Specialist

Photo of Blanca GoodmanI’m Blake’s wife of 15 plus years.  My job is very exciting – I deal with all our clients’ creditors, collections agencies and attorneys. I process all our client’s bills statements, warnings letters, and law suits. I’m the one who spends one hour or more on the phone finding the accounts or negotiating the best deal I can for our clients.

I’m from Mexico and I came to this country 14 years ago. I speak Spanish, and I would love to learn Japanese and Korean. We have two smart twin girls. One of my greatest enjoyments is to listen to audio self improvement books, and classical music.

I dance Kahiko and Auana hula, and wake up every morning to a Zumba exercise routine.

My purpose is to help our clients find debt freedom as soon possible, between 2 years or less. I do have constant communication with our clients about their case, and I want our clients to feel that I do care deeply from my heart.

Julia Oaten, Attorney

I attended the University of Manchester, (UK) gaining a B.A. with Honors in Art History, before obtaining my J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before moving to Hawaii and specializing in bankruptcy, I practiced criminal law as a Public Defender in Annapolis, MD.

While I am Cuban – Armenian, I grew up in England. My family and I moved to Hawaii in 2007 when my husband was offered a great job here. I stayed at home until we were all settled in and then responded to Blake’s job offer, and have been here ever since. I am the proud owner of an English bulldog and I enjoy fishing and hiking Oahu’s beautiful island with my husband and young son.

I really enjoy helping our clients achieve a fresh start and hopefully relieve them of some of the stress being in debt can cause while protecting them from creditors and helping them survive the bankruptcy process with their dignity intact.

Trista Adamson, Paralegal

Photo of Trista AdamsonMy primary responsibility is preparing bankruptcy petitions and schedules. I mostly work behind the scenes, but do get a chance to chat with our clients a little before the process is complete.

Prior to working for Mr. Goodman, I spent 3 years preparing taxes and still currently have my tax preparer’s license. I received my A.A. degree in accounting, with honors, from Leeward Community College in 2009. I am a proud Army wife and have 2 great kids. In 2001 we were fortunate enough to get orders for Hawaii and we loved it so much we never left. We have made our home in Ewa Beach for 13 years now and raised our family there.

Outside of the office I am the leader for our unit’s Family Readiness Group, I love to go to the beach, SUP, and hike. During football season you will find me in the stadium parking lot tailgating and holding my season ticket for the upcoming Warriors games.