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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 95%
    25 years, 2.07 thousand cases
  2. Foreclosure: 5%
    5 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Deanna Rae Bachman

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve is very knowledgeable and a great consumer advocate. He's also a great resource for other lawyers-always willing to help when someone else has a question.


    Deanna Bachman Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Phillip Mathias

    Steven is a respected member of the Iowa bankruptcy bar. I practice in West Des Moines and have often called on Steven for his wise counsel on difficult/complex issues that have come up on my cases. Steven is a researcher. He consistently impresses me with his extensive knowledge not just of the overarching themes of consumer bankruptcy but also the nitty gritty, the little things that can take a client to a smooth discharge. Steven will dig into your case and spend time with you rather than shuffling you off to an assistant. I would encourage anyone fortunate enough to be in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City/Muscatine area or anywhere in Iowa to trust Steven with your bankruptcy case!


    Jeffrey Mathias Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, PLC

1927 Keokuk Street
PO Box 3400
Iowa City, IA, 52244


ILAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice199105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberJohnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, PLC2001 - Present
OwnerKlesner Law Office1992 - 2001
AssociateBauer & Heckman, P.C.1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Roberts, 450 B.R. 159 (N.D. Iowa 2011)Rulings in favor of the client at trial level and on appeal
Cumberworth v. U.S. Dept. of Educ., 347 B.R. 652 (8th Cir BAP 2006)Rulings in favor of the client at trial level and on appeal
In re Batzkiel, 349 B.R. 581 (Bkrtcy.N.D.Iowa 2006)Clients prevailed, and were granted Chapter 7 discharge
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Central CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Forty-Third Annual Barbara A. Everly Advanced Procedures Bankruptcy SeminarDevelopments in Student Loan Cases2013
31st Annual Bankruptcy ConferenceStudent Loan Dischargeability: Trends in the Eighth Circuit2012
Legal issues relating to consumer credit and debt collection in IowaConsumer credit and debt collection2003