About Jerry

Jerry Enslein has been certified by the American Board of Certification* in business bankruptcy since 1994, and participated in numerous bankruptcy cases, having represented reorganizing businesses, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and an indenture trustee. He has been a member of the panel of bankruptcy trustees for the Western District of Missouri since 2001, and has served as chair of the Commercial Law Committee of The Missouri Bar, chair of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri, and was a member of the Electronic Filing and Local Rules Committee of the Court.

Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees at Tulane University, and is admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and has lectured and authored various publications on the subjects of bankruptcy and commercial law, including chapters in The Missouri Bar CLE Bankruptcy Practice Desk Book and The Missouri Bar CLE Secured Transactions Desk Book.

*The American Board of Certification’s Business Bankruptcy certification program is accredited by the American Bar Association. Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or special designations.


  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • Tulane University, B.S., 1976

Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1980
Illinois, 1981

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member

Civic/Social Involvement

  • Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City, Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership Development, Fellow
  • Jewish Family Services, Past Vice President and Member, Board of Directors
  • Central Agency for Jewish Education, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Jewish Community Relations Bureau/American Jewish Congress, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Kansas City Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Past Vice-Chair
  • Associates in Medicine of Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Chapter of American Jewish Committee, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Beth Shalom Synagogue, Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Children's Mercy South, Past Volunteer

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Board Certified in business bankruptcy by American Board of Certification since 1994
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating

Published Articles/Presentations

  • Author, "Ninth Circuit Expands Scope of Relief Afforded to Secured Creditors Affected by Actual Fraud." Secured Creditors' Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute. February 2018. Print.
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy for Litigators", Martin Pringle Seminar, February 2018
  • Presenter, "Bankruptcy and Family Law", The Johnson County Bar Association, March 2017
  • Presenter, "Preparing Debtors and Counsel for Pre and Post Filing Success", The Johnson County Bar Association, September 2017
  • Presenter, Kansas City Job Corps Center of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri.
  • "Transition Rules." Secured Transactions, The Missouri Bar. Print.
  • Co-Author, "Involuntary Bankruptcies" Chapter of Bankruptcy Practice, 2 ed. The Missouri Bar, and all supplements. Print.
  • Co-Author, "Overview of Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005." Journal of The Missouri Bar. Print.

Notable Experience

  • Counsel to 12th largest trucking company resulting in confirmed plan
  • Counsel to the 20th largest domestic egg producer resulting in confirmed plan
  • Counsel for franchisee of multiple lodging properties resulting in confirmed plan
  • Counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in cases involving a national pet food manufacturer and retail fixture manufacturer
  • Counsel for primary secured creditor with respect to case involving numerous real estate holdings resulting in full recovery
  • Counsel for consortium of secured creditors in the case of retail fuel company resulting in full recovery
  • Counsel for indenture trustee and member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in reorganization of national manufacturer of furniture components
  • Counsel for unsecured trade creditors which successfully initiated an involuntary bankruptcy case and appointed to serve as special counsel to trustee 
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