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Jill A Michaux

Jill A Michaux

Practice areas:

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy & Debt

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About Me

JILL A. MICHAUX has helped several thousand individuals and small business proprietors get much needed debt relief in her 27-year legal career.

She and Mark W. Neis, are Topeka’s only board certified consumer bankruptcy law specialists.  They are partners in the Bankruptcy Law Office of Neis & Michaux, P.A., Topeka, Kansas.


Since the late 1980s, Jill does consumer bankruptcy work for individual and small business debtors almost exclusively.  She was the first Kansas attorney to be board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification and one of ten Kansas attorneys so certified today.  She does not represent institutional creditors.


She advocates for the rights of consumer debtors as a charter member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. She served on the NACBA board of directors the first seven years and remains active today in committee work.


Jill is a leader in the local bankruptcy bar.  She is past president of the Kansas Bar Association Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section.  She is a founding member and past president of the Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council.  She frequently is called upon to teach consumer bankruptcy law to other lawyers, locally, across the state and nationally.


She blogs on consumer bankruptcy and consumer rights for the Bankruptcy Law Network, the Mortgage Law Network, the Debt Law Network and the Credit Law Network.  She is administrator of listservs for four bar associations.

Jill also is a member of the Topeka Bar Association, the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka and the Kansas Women Attorneys Association.  She is a master in the Sam A. Crow America Inn of Courts.


She served as judge of the Municipal Court of the City of Rossville, Kansas, from 1993 through 2009. She is past president of the Kansas Municipal Judges Association.


A Topeka native, Jill was graduated from the University of Kansas in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree.  She worked as a newspaper reporter the Topeka Capital-Journal and then did public relations work for a trade association before attending Washburn University Law School from which she was graduated with Dean’s Honors in 1982 and named Outstanding Legal Intern.


She has had her own law practice since 1982 initially doing mostly domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, guardianship and mental illness work.  She joined her husband, Mark W. Neis, in law practice in 1984 and formed Neis & Michaux, P.A.


Jill was graduated from Topeka High School in 1973.  She married Mark Neis in 1984.  They have one daughter, Michelle Neis, a Washburn University undergraduate student who aspires to attend law school.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: 70%
    33 years
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
    33 years
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 10%
    33 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Gary D. Bollinger

    On Avvo, there are lawyers who deserve endorsement, but do not seek it, and those who seek endorsement, but do not deserve it. Attorney Michaux did not request an endorsement, but richly deserves both accolade and my endorsement.


    Gary Bollinger Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Robert J Adams Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms Michaux for many years when meeting her the National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys. She is one of the knowledge Bankruptcy lawyer is the US.


    Robert Adams Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Neis & Michaux, P.A.

Bankruptcy Law Office
534 S Kansas Ave Ste 825
Topeka, KS, 66603



KSAuthorized to practice law198208/09/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super Lawyer in Consumer Bankruptcy LawSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Recertified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Certification2012
Super Lawyer in Consumer BankruptcyLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Super Lawyer in Consumer BankruptcyLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Recertified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Certification2008
Member of the Month (September 2006)National Association of Consumer Bankruptcys Attorneys2006
Recertified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Certification2003
Recertified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Cerification1998
Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy LawAmerican Board of Certification1993
Outstanding Legal InternWashburn University School of Law Legal Clinic1982

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Municipal JudgeCity of Rossville Municipal Court1993 - 2009
Managing PartnerNeis & Michaux, P.A. - Bankruptcy Law Office1984 - Present
AttorneyJill A Michaux, Attorney at Law1982 - 1984


Association NamePosition NameDuration
U.S. Courts Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy RulesMember2013 - Present
Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules to U.S. Supreme CourtMember2013 - Present
National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights CenterDirector2013 - Present
Bankruptcy Law NetworkMember, Director2007 - 2014
Sam A. Crow American Inn of CourtMaster and Director (2003-2005)1995 - 2011
Kansas Municipal Judges AssociationMember and Past President (2004-2005)1993 - 2009
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysFounding Member and Past Director (1992-1999)1993 - Present
American Board of CertificationCertified Attorney (1993-2015) and Director (1999-2008)1993 - Present
Topeka Bar Association Ethics and Grievance CommitteeMember1988 - 2012
Topeka Area Bankruptcy CouncilFounding Member and Past President (1995-1996)1987 - Present
Kansas Women Attorneys AssociationFounding Member1985 - 2014
Women Attorneys Association of TopekaFounding Member and Director (2003-2007)1983 - 2014
Topeka Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Kansas Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law SectionFounding Member and Past President (2000)N/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
In Re MontgomeryTrustee won.
In Re WadsworthDebtor won
In re Westby, 12-027 (10th Cir. BAP 2013)Debtor won

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Publication NameTitleDate
BK-Kansas listservList AdministratorN/A
Bankruptcy Law Network: Real Lawyers, Real SolutionsBankruptcy Law NetworkN/A
Neis & Michaux, P.A.Kansas Bankruptcy InformationN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJuris Doctor with Dean's Honors1982
University of KansasJournalism emphasis in news/editorialBachelor of Science in Journalism1977
Topeka High SchoolN/AN/A1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Southeast Bankruptcy Institute March 2015Preferences and Transfers2015
Southeast Bankruptcy Institute March 2015Lien Stripping2015
NACBA Annual Seminar April 2015Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Update2015
NACBA New York April 2014Bankruptcy Rules Update2014
Monthly Meeting October 2014Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Update2014
Topeka Area Bankruptcy Council February 2013 meetingBankruptcy Rules Update2013
NACBA Members Fall Workshop New Orleans October 2013Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Update2013
2012 NACBA Members WorkshopBankruptcy Fundamentals2012
2012 NACBA Annual ConventionBankruptcy Fundamentals2012
NACBA Members Fall WorkshopBankruptcy Fundamentals2011
NACBA Members WorkshopDesign & Construction Of A Consumer Bankruptcy Case – Emphasizing Chapter 132010
Monthly PresentationU.S. Supreme Court Bankruptcy Review2010
2010 Annual SeminarDisposable Income in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy After Lanning2010
2010 Annual ConventionConversion and Vesting in Consumer Bankruptcy2010
16th Annual ConventionChapter 7 vs.13 Wars2008
4th Judicial District MeetingBankruptcy and Divorce2007
15th Annual ConventionIncome Tax Refund Assignments for Bankruptcy Attorney Fees2007
Annual Educational SeminarChapter 13 Plan Payments After BAPCPA2006