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Mr. Gaertner has practiced bankruptcy law for over 35 years.  He represents clients in Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and in non-bankruptcy workouts and reorganizations. His clients include both consumers and businesses, debtors as well as creditors. He is experienced in all facets of bankruptcy litigation having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits arising out of the bankruptcy process. Several of the cases in which he has represented litigants have been chosen for publication by the Bankruptcy Court. Mr. Gaertner also handles the firm’s real estate practice. He has assisted clients and bankruptcy trustees in both the sale and acquisition of all types of real estate, residential and commercial. Mr. Gaertner is active in the Illinois State Bar Association serving on the Board of Governors and the Bankruptcy Section Council.  He was recently appointed a hearing officer with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.  


Mr. Gaertner is rated AV Preimenent by Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer rating service. That is the highest rating a layer can achieve.  


He has served on various boards for community organizations including President, Westmont Kiwanis Club, Council, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois, Nation Chief, Lombard YMCA Indian Guides, and Director, Chicago Central Suburban Men’s Senior Baseball League. Since his retirement from the baseball field (after 40 years), Mr. Gaertner now pursues his passion for golf and fishing in his free time.


Contact info

Springer, Brown, LLC./ Kent A. Gaertner P.C.

300 S. County Farm Rd.
Suite. I/J
Wheaton, IL, 60187

Practice areas


  1. Chapter 7: 75%
    31 years
  2. Debt Settlement: 15%
    31 years
  3. Chapter 13: 5%
    31 years
  4. Chapter 11: 5%
    31 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Individual Bankruptcy Attorney in IllinoisLeading Lawyer Magazine2016
Super Lawyer Designation 2015Super Lawyers of Illinois2015
Rated AV PreeminentMatindale Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselSpringer Brown, LLC..2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2015 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationCommercial Banking, Collection and Bankruptcy Section Counsel2010 - Present
Illinois State Bar FoundationFellow2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationAssembly2003 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationChairman of the Bankruptcy Sub-Committee2011 - 2013
DuPage County Bar FoundationPresident2010 - 2011
DuPage County Bar AssociationChairman of the DCBA Judiciary Committee2010 - 2011
DuPage County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
DuPage County Bar AssociationVice President - Executive Committee2006 - 2009
DuPage County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bal v. JackoweicJudgment for Debtor. Debt was dischargable.
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Publication nameTitleDate
DuPage County Bar Association Brief MagazineThe Intersection of Notice and Due Process in Bankruptcy2015
DuPage County Bar Association BriefBankruptcy Initial Interview- Tips and Traps2014
DuPage County Bar Association BriefWatch Out Third Floor: The Bankruptcy Trustees are Lurking12007
DuPage County Bar Association BriefOpening a Closed Chapter 7 Case to Avoid a Judicial Lien under 11 USC 522(f)(1) and USC 522 (f)(2)(a)2005
DuPage County Bar Association BriefA Chapter 11 Fairy Tale1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Illinois State Bar AssociationBankruptcy Basics2014
Bankruptcy Committee CLEChapter 7 Initial Interveiws2014
Mom and Pop Chapter 11sSmall Chapter 11 cases2012
Bankruptcy BasicsBankruptcy Basics2010