Iowa / Bankruptcy Attorneys -

Below is a list attorneys who practice bankruptcy law in the State of Iowa. Their education, location of there practice and phone numbers are included.

Kevin Ahrenholz
Waterloo, IA

Dan Childers*

Cedar Rapids, IA

Paul Gandy*

Fairfield, IA

Taraney Olivencia
Des Moines, IA
Joseph Peiffer*
Cedar Rapids, IA
James T. Peters
Independence, IA
Laura Range
Cedar Rapids, IA

Types of Bankruptcy (Business, Consumer and Municipal)
  • Chapter 7 - Can be filed by individuals, partnerships and corporations. The most common type of bankruptcy filing
  • Chapter 9 - Adjustment of debts of a municipality
  • Chapter 11 - Filed by large and small businesses. Individuals filing Chapter 11, are involved in business in some capacity, either as sole proprietors, or as principals of a corporation or partnership
  • Chapter 12 - Adjustment of debts of a family farmer or fisherman
  • Chapter 13 - Available for individuals only, no corporations or partnerships may file
  • Chapter 15 - Bankruptcy, reorganization and insolvency cases that have assets, debtors, creditors, and other interested parties in multiple countries

Attorney Name -
Education, Address and Practice

Kevin Ahrenholz
Education: Undergraduate School: Wheaton College - Wheaton, Illinois and American University - Washington D.C.
Law School: Marquette University Law School - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Address: Kevin Ahrenholz
Attorney at Law
620 Lafayette
Suite 300
Waterloo, IA 50703
Telephone: (877) 888-1766
Practice: Black Hawk, Polk, Cerro Gordo, Benton and Linn counties
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 1994

Dan Childers*

Undergraduate School: Western Kentucky University - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Law School: University of Iowa College of Law - Iowa City, Iowa


Elderkin & Pirnie
Attorney Dan Childers*
115 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Telephone: (319) 362-2137
Fax: (319) 362-1640

Practice: Linn County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Business Bankruptcy
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 1982


Paul Gandy*


Undergraduate School: Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Law School: University of Texas School of Law - Austin, Texas


Law Offices of Paul D. Gandy
500 North 3rd Street
Suite 111
Fairfield, IA 52556
Telephone: (641) 472-7762
Fax: (641) 472-7732

Practice: Jefferson County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 1987


Taraney Olivencia


Undergraduate School: Drake University - Des Moines, Iowa
Law School: Drake University Law School - Des Moines, Iowa.


Whitfield & Eddy
Taraney B. Olivencia, Attorney at Law
317 Sixth Ave. Suite 1200
Des Moines, IA 50309
Telephone: (515) 288-6041
Fax: (515) 246-1474

Practice: Polk County
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 2009


Joseph Peiffer*


Undergraduate School: Iowa State University of Science and Technology - Ames, Iowa
Law School: University of Iowa College of Law Iowa - City, Iowa


Day Rettig Peiffer Law Firm
150 1st Avenue NE
Suite 415
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Telephone: (319) 365-0437
Fax: (319) 365-5866

Practice: Linn County
Bankruptcy Specialist* - Certified in Business Bankruptcy
Illinois State Bar - Admitted 1985
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 1982

James T. Peters
Education: Undergraduate School: Luther College - Decorah, Iowa and American University - Washington, DC
Law School: University of Iowa College of Law - Iowa City, Iowa
Address: James T. Peters
Attorney at Law
309 First Street East
Independence, IA 50644
Telephone: 319-334-9992
Fax: 319-334-9993
Practice: Buchanan County
Consumer bankruptcy and creditor issues
Illinois State Bar - Admitted 1983
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 1983

Laura Range
Education: Undergraduate School: University of Northern Iowa - Waterloo, Iowa
Law School: University of Iowa College of Law - Iowa City, Iowa
Address: Laura Range
Attorney at Law
222 3rd Ave. SE
Suite 299
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Telephone: (877) 888-1766
Practice: Linn, Black Hawk, Polk, Cerro Gordo and Benton counties
Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13
Iowa State Bar - Admitted 2005


Bankruptcy Specialist*

       Attorneys listed with an asterisk* (Dan Childers, Paul Gandy and Joseph Peiffer) are specialists in certain areas of bankruptcy law and are certified by the American Board of Certification (ABC), located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. The three areas of certification include the following; Creditors' Rights, Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy. For more information on this subject, please visit the Bankruptcy Specialist section on the web site.

Content written by Jack Garchar


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