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5 Stars Hugo and Tom gave me a voice

I hired Hugo and Tom after discovering a major U.S. company had supplied inaccurate, negative information about me to the three main credit reporting agencies. I tried unsuccessfully several times to navigate a massive bureaucracy and fix this error myself. Hugo and Tom are adept at confronting these companies and holding them responsible. The inaccurate information was removed from my credit reports quickly. Due to the skill of Hugo and Tom, I received monetary settlements far beyond what I had imagined. Perhaps most importantly, Hugo and Tom gave me a voice. I was not able to stand up to these... read more

Dawn S.
5 Stars The Blankingship & Christiano Firm took the fight to court…

Interfacing with the major national credit reporting bureaus, and the large financial institutions that report credit activity, is an uphill battle for the consumer. Even with the disputing processes the credit reporting bureaus provide, the burden of proof falls upon the little person who tires without results and just gives up, living a life with bad information on their credit report. After being ignored by other law firms, I found Tom and Hugo. They took the time to actually listen to my story, understand the crying frustration of trying to reason and deal with the credit reporting bureaus, and told... read more

Paul C.
5 Stars I always felt confident my law firm knew what they...

When I was involved in a serious automobile accident, I quickly became overwhelmed by my injuries and medical bills. The insurance companies were not easy to work with, and would not give me any useful information. I hired Blankingship & Christiano to help me with my personal injuries. When first meeting Hugo and Tom, I was immediately put at ease. They were personable, intelligent, forthright, and knowledgeable in all manners to help me with my personal injuries, and immediately jumped in to begin dealing with the insurance companies on my behalf. I always felt confident my law firm knew what... read more

5 Stars The right team to get the job done!

As a result of an inaccurately reported credit card account on my credit reports, I was denied employment and a security clearance. I tried multiple times to get the item removed from my credit report by contacting each of the three credit bureaus and credit card company numerous times without success. Figuring big agencies/companies always won, I did not have much hope this would be resolved and had no idea what to do next. I could not have been more wrong! After doing considerable research and meeting with three law firms, I chose Blankingship & Christiano. When I first met... read more

Jay A.
5 Stars I am so grateful for all they have done for...

When I initially contacted Blankingship and Christiano, I was in danger of losing my job and security clearance due to gross errors on my credit reports. I was frightened and stressed, but after the consultation with Hugo and Tom, I knew I was in good hands. They are exceptional attorneys, skilled in their field and men of integrity. My trust was well placed with them. They were in contact with me through every step of the legal process, explaining everything thoroughly to me, and always available via phone or email to address my questions and concerns. Their positive results were... read more

5 Stars The best attorneys I have ever worked with

First, let me start off by saying Hugo Blankingship and Tom Christiano have been a Blessing to me and my family. Prior to contacting them, I was having major issues disputing inaccurate information on my credit report. One was with a credit bureau and two were major companies that were way out of my lead. Let me just say, they have no problem taking on Fortune 500 Corporations and making them aware of violating consumer Reports and I mean no problem. (They are just that good). One night after being so tired of fighting with credit bureaus, calling companies, and... read more

Maurice T.
5 Stars Contacting them is when everything changed for the better…

I tried for many years to resolve credit fraud issues to no avail. Everything I attempted failed, and I was often sent in circles. I felt hopeless and believed there was no resolution for me. As a final attempt to clear the credit fraud, I contacted Hugo and Tom. Contacting them is when everything changed for the better and I began to have hope. They were like angels for me; they were kind, knowledgeable and the epitome of professionalism. They addressed all of my concerns and kept me up to date on the process of clearing the credit fraud. Hugo... read more

5 Stars Excellent attorneys that exceeded my expectations!

Hugo and Tom are wonderful attorneys and people. They resolved credit fraud issues that were a nightmare to me for many years. I had attempted several times to fix the fraud to no avail; I felt hopeless and I thought the damage to my credit would last forever. Then I met Hugo and Tom and I began to believe there was hope. I did not know what to expect, but I instantly felt I could trust them to help me. Their dedication to my case was superb. They kept me informed and explained everything to me in detail. I never... read more

Tarasha P.
5 Stars I wouldn’t trust anyone else to fight for me

I have never had to hire an attorney before. I felt I was wronged in my situation but wasn't sure I could actually do anything about it. Hugo fights for his clients and if I'm ever in a situation where Hugo is the attorney, he better be mine because the alternative means I'm sure to lose! I wouldn't trust anyone else to fight for me.

Gabriella C.
5 Stars Tom and Hugo rectified the situation, and restored my credit…

Prior to meeting with Blankingship and Christiano, I had been living with false debts that were placed in my name by a relative. As a recent college graduate moving to a metropolitan area, identity theft can be a deafening blow when one is trying to secure an apartment, transportation, and employment. It had a tremendously negative impact on myself and my family, and one feels helpless when trying to dispute the matter after numerous times. I was essentially frozen and unable to progress for several years until Tom and Hugo rectified the situation, and restored my credit back to its... read more

Greyson L.
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Virginia & Washington DC Identity Theft & Credit Reporting Lawyers

Our Firm Puts Fifty Years of Combined Experience to Work for You

In 2020, consumers filed over 280,000 disputes regarding credit reporting issues, more than double those filed the year before, according to the Consumer Complaint Database. However, filing a dispute does not necessarily mean that the inaccuracies will be corrected – and in most cases, nothing will change.

If your credit report contains one or more of the mistakes commonly made – loans that have been repaid but appear as unpaid, debts falsely reported to be in collection, or incorrect information about another person – you are likely in for a fight to get these inaccuracies corrected.

Due to the complexity of the U.S. credit reporting system, many consumers are at a loss regarding what to do when they find an error and try to fix it themselves. That is why you need the experienced Virginia & Washington DC identity theft & credit reporting lawyers at Blankingship & Christiano P.C. to fight for you.

What Sets Us Apart

Blankingship & Christiano has more than five decades of combined experience assisting consumers. Our identity theft lawyers represent consumers who have been victimized financially as well as emotionally. We are very particular about the clients/cases we accept, but if you become a client you can rest assured that we will fight for you to the bitter end.

Some of the things that distinguish us from other credit reporting and identity theft law firms include:

  • Experience and success in numerous Fair Credit Reporting Act cases
  • Extensive knowledge of consumer’s rights in credit-related matters
  • Deep understanding of the way credit reporting agencies and furnishers operate
  • Knowledge of the immense damage caused by identity theft and false credit reporting
  • Multiple awards and nominations, including Virginia and D.C. Super Lawyers

Credit reporting companies and furnishers have an unfair advantage over ordinary consumers, but our opponents know we won’t back down. Our willingness to try cases to the end is what sets us apart from other firms that just want to file multiple cases and settle for nominal amounts.

Experienced Virginia & Washington DC Identity Theft & Credit Reporting Law Firm

Legal problems of any kind can become extremely stressful, not just on your financial situation, but in your everyday life. This is especially true if you have debt collectors hounding you for the money you supposedly owe. At Blankingship & Christiano P.C., we understand how to approach these types of situations to help you resolve your issues in an efficient manner. Don’t let credit report problems ruin your life. Take back control of your credit report with the help of Blankingship & Christiano.

Our main practice areas include:

  • Habitual credit report problems: If you have had considerable inaccurate information on your credit report, we know how frustrating it can be. It can even seem impossible to get the situation resolved. Fortunately, there are specific laws which protect you from deceptive practices.
  • Identity theft: There are many questions that may occur in regards to identity theft. We may be able to offer advice and answer questions about how it occurs, why you should pay attention, tips to protect yourself, identity theft statistics, and how the legal system can protect you.
  • Abusive debt collectors: You may think that just because you owe money or because a debt collector believes you owe money, it’s acceptable for them to be abusive. The truth of the matter is that there are many strict rules and laws debt collectors are required to follow. If they are harassing you, we may be able to help.
  • Employment background check: If you have been alerted by an employer that your background check provided information that is inaccurate, you may need legal assistance to clear your name. Our consumer protection attorneys are here to fight on your behalf. We may be able to clear untruthful information for you.
  • Credit report dispute: If you have a dispute with your credit report and don’t know where to begin, we may be able to assist you. Our skilled legal team knows how to maneuver the laws and regulations that creditors and lenders have to follow. Our legal team is here to assist you!
  • How to prevent errors on your credit report: Whether you have experienced inaccurate credit reporting or identity theft, our legal team can provide helpful information to prevent future errors on your credit report. You can take the extra precaution to protect yourself from further disputes.
  • Security clearance law: If you have been denied a higher level of security clearance because of information you know to be inaccurate, it may be due to a mistake in your records and credit reports. This false information can ruin your reputation and affect your career. Let us help clear your name.

The victims of identity theft or inaccurate credit reporting need experienced and specialized legal counsel to settle their disputes. Our firm focuses on the following practice areas:

Identity Theft

  • How identity theft occurs
  • Protecting yourself from identity theft
  • How to fix your credit after identity theft
  • How the legal system can protect you

Credit Report Disputes

  • How bad credit affects your life and liberty
  • Habitual credit report problems
  • How to correct disputed data
  • Preventing errors on your credit report

Security Clearance Law

  • How credit affects the ability to get a security clearance
  • Reasons for security clearance denial

Employment Background Check Errors

  • Common background check mistakes
  • How potential employers use background checks
  • Disputing errors on your employment background check

Our attorneys know all the tactics credit reporting agencies and others will use against you and are dedicated to solving your problem. We offer aggressive legal representation in credit reporting dispute issues and are ready and willing to litigate if necessary.

Contact an Aggressive Virginia & Washington DC Credit Report Dispute Law Firm Today

If your credit reporting dispute is going nowhere and you’re ready to call in reinforcements, contact Blankingship & Christiano P.C. online or call 571-313-0412.

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Why Choose Us

  • Seasoned Litigators with Proven Success in Multiple Fair Credit Reporting Act Cases

  • Skilled in Identifying Qualified Cases

  • Highly Knowledgeable of Consumer's Rights in Matters Related to Inaccurate Credit Reporting

  • Extensive Understanding of the Financial Harm Caused by Credit Reporting Errors and Identity Theft

  • In-Depth Knowledge of the Credit Reporting Agencies and Furnishers' Operations

A. Hugo BlankingShip, III


Our attorney, A. Hugo Blankingship, III received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1982 and a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1986. He started his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Albert V. Bryan, Jr., former chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Licensed in Virginia and practicing law since 1986, Mr. Blankingship and his colleagues at Blankingship & Christiano P.C. believe in results-oriented consumer protection.

Thomas B. Christiano


In 2019, 14.4 million Americans became victims of identity theft, including residents of Fairfax County and the surrounding areas. Cybercriminals have been finding new ways to exploit consumers and steal their personal information. An identity thief may use your personal information to apply for credit, file taxes, receive medical services, or make frivolous purchases in your name. When you’re the victim of identity theft, it can destroy your credit and your finances, leaving you crippled with debt and struggling to find answers.

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