Why Write About Dave Ramsey?

Melissa J. Hogan
3 min readNov 5, 2021

I never expected to write a series of articles about lawsuits involving Dave Ramsey and Ramsey Solutions. But here we are.

The Case(s) Against Dave Ramsey

The Case(s) Against Dave Ramsey: Part 2

The Case(s) Against Dave Ramsey: Part 3

The Case(s) Against Dave Ramsey: Part 4

In 2005, I won a silent auction item at a charity event that I gifted to my now ex-husband, Chris Hogan. The prize was an opportunity to sit in on Dave Ramsey’s radio show. Six months, many interviews (including interviews of me), and a business plan later — that connection would go on to get him a job at Ramsey Solutions.

It only took me 14 more years to realize that nothing was as I thought it was.

I was recently asked in my deposition by lawyers for Ramsey Solutions — why was I writing these articles? Did someone ask me to? (no) Did someone proofread them? (no) Do I write about other companies? (some) Do I make money writing these? (lol, enough to buy maybe three coffees!).

The simplest answer is — I’m a lawyer and a writer and so writing about legal cases is interesting to me. The extended answer is my tagline at the end — Sunlight is indeed the best of disinfectants.

But now that I’ve had extended time to consider it, I realize that the full answer is a lot more complex. When you are controlled and manipulated and harassed and abused, your agency is taken away. You are made to believe…



Melissa J. Hogan

Attorney. Advocate. Author, “Afraid of the Doctor: Every Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Managing Medical Trauma.” Find me at melissajhogan.com