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How We Are Different

We are not an assembly line. We believe you deserve quality service, which begins with a lot of face-to-face time between the lawyer and client. You will not get a handshake from a lawyer and then spend all your time with an assistant. We think our way is good business, and the professional way to practice law.

This commitment to quality is reflected in the opinions of our clients and other lawyers. Most of our clients come from referrals from clients and other lawyers. They know the quality of our work. We get those referrals because we do what it takes to produce happy clients and successful cases.

Our bankruptcy attorneys have a single-minded focus on bankruptcy and debt relief. Other lawyers in the firm handle other matters — divorce, criminal defense, business matters — but Steve and his assistant Dawn focus on protecting our clients from their creditors. You deserve a lawyer who isn’t trying to be good at several different things.

More Than 25 Years Of Experience With Bankruptcy

Steve has been representing clients in bankruptcy since the early 1990s. A lot has happened in the meantime. We’ve represented a lot of ordinary folks with ordinary debt problems, and we love doing it. But we’ve also pushed some boundaries. We have always been up for a challenge, whether it is filing a bankruptcy for a client while living in Africa, or proving that a beach home in southern California can qualify as an Iowa homestead and be protected from creditors.

And while ours is a business, we do things that often are not profitable, too. When a local lawyer skipped town leaving his clients unrepresented, we stepped in and represented those people free of charge. When clients have a hard time raising money to hire a lawyer because of garnishments, we routinely agree to file those cases with no money down.

Burdened By Student Loan Debt?

We also help people with big student loans, which many lawyers will not do because those cases are difficult, time-consuming, and generally not profitable. We have had a lot of success with student loans. We like winning, and we like helping people. It’s not always about profit.

At Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., you will get professional service, but in a casual atmosphere. Just because we’re lawyers doesn’t mean we like wearing suits. Our first-time visitors also find their expectations blown away by lawyers in jeans and a dog wandering the office. This is how we choose to practice law in the 21st Century, and we hope you will agree to visit us if the need arises.

Contact Us Today For Help

Our experienced attorneys can help you. Call our Iowa City office at 319-359-6492 or use our online form.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.