Mr. Kingsbury has devoted his law practice to helping people resolve their debt problems since 1990 and has personally filed over 8,000 consumer and small business Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy cases. He also assists clients in debt settlement negotiations to obtain favorable results where bankruptcy is not always the best option. If you’re filing a bankruptcy case his main goal is to make sure that your case is done right. He’s an expert in making order out of chaos…which is basically what a bankruptcy filing is all about. There’s a lot of facts, figures and other information that need to be assessed, broken down and put back together in a format the bankruptcy system can process. With all of his years of experience filing cases and dealing with the bankruptcy judges and trustees he knows what it takes to make it work right for you. His philosophy is this: “People pay me good money to do these cases for them. I want to make sure I do a good job and their case goes smoothly”. It’s a good philosophy. He knows what needs to be included in the documents…what goes in, what additional information and documentation to provide, etc. This is because that over nearly three decades of bankruptcy practice he knows the trustees and what they will expect. He knows in advance what issues require special attention. He also knows that 98% of the work involved in handling these cases the right way happens before the case is filed. That way your hearing goes smoothly and your case is a “walk in the park”. No surprises.
History and professional life…..
Literally a few days after graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served 4 years. Afterwards he worked at Marvin Windows in northern Minnesota (Warroad) producing windows and doors. After a couple of years of that he attended the University of North Dakota majoring in political science with minors in both history and psychology. He graduated with honors. He then completed his law degree at the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul class of 1990. He began his legal career at a general practice law firm in Bloomington, MN. A short time later he and a law school friend established Kingsbury & Farrell, LLP. In 1993 Mr. Kingsbury started his own practice. He has filed more bankruptcy cases than most bankruptcy attorneys currently practicing in the state of Minnesota.
Mr. Kingsbury is a member of the following organizations:
American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
Minnesota State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and the Dakota County Bar Association.
He was also recognized as a “TOP LAWYER” in 2014, 2015 and 16 by the Legal Network.
Mr. Kingsbury was the President of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley for the 2013 – 2014 term and has served in Rotary in many capacities while he was a member. Among others he served as chairperson of the Rotary Club’s International Service Committee as well as the President of the Apple Valley Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation for the club as well. Mr. Kingsbury has also served as a member of the board of directors of the International Village Clinic which provides curative and preventative medical services to underserved rural poor in one of the most poverty stricken regions in India. He was a member of the steering committee of the Apple Valley, MN Yellow Ribbon Network which provides services to both Veterans and active duty military personnel.
From The Personal Side
Mr. Kingsbury is a husband, father, grandfather, pet owner and respected member of his community. He enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, hiking, ethnic dining and all sorts of other things. He has traveled to India numerous times on personal and Rotary International connected trips, Turkey and Italy as well as many visits to out of the way places in Mexico where most tourists fear to tread. He tinkers around with minor auto repairs and likes to remodel/do repairs around the house. He is also interested in U.S. Civil War history and over the years has read much and visited many of the historic battlefields. He and his wife have “rediscovered” long road trips and have enjoyed visiting many of most famous places in the United States in places such as Niagra Falls, the Adirondack mountains, Boston, Bunker Hill, Fort Ticonderoga, Plymouth Rock, Valley Forge, Gettysburg, etc. , on the east coast and also many, many points of interest in the south and the great American west.
“Why I do what I do”
Sometimes I get asked “Why did you become a lawyer” or “Why did you decide to focus on bankruptcy practice”? I never had what I considered that great an answer for that….it wasn’t planned…it was just what I decided to do for one reason or another. So I’d give some glib reply and the conversation would move on. However, a few years back I was in Bemidji enjoying a gathering of extended family members. I was out on the dock enjoying the view of the lake when my cousin’s 7 or 8 year old boy, Wyatt, who I’d never met before walked up. We visited a little. After a bit he looked up at me and asked me what I did for a living. I told him “I’m a lawyer”. He thought that over for a second or two and then did what’s natural for a kid…he asked another question. “What’s a lawyer”? Should have expected that. Good question though. I started giving him one of those glib replies I had always cooked up for a response. But then I stopped and thought….. “Now here”, I suddenly realized, was a serious question. The kid really wanted to know. He didn’t know what a lawyer was. Never met one before and so he deserved a serious answer. So I reflected a moment and then said;
“When people have big problems that they can’t fix themselves they come to me and I help them.”
That’s pretty much what I do when you boil it down. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people solve some really difficult problems. I can’t always fix everything but I’m pretty darn good at doing what I do to help people solve their debt problems. Those are huge problems for many and they often don’t know what to do or how to do it. And so….I’ve always appreciated his interest and his question. Breaking it down so an 8 year old could understand it really helped me think through what I do, why it’s important and why I do it.