Bradley R. Kruse

Bradley R. Kruse
699 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309
Support Team
515.244.2600 x583


Brad has more than 20 years' experience representing clients in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters, including Chapter 7, 11,12 and 13 bankruptcies, receiverships, foreclosures, and collection actions.  He also has extensive experience representing clients in corporate and business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and drafting, debt and equity financing, business litigation, shareholder matters, and regulatory compliance.

Brad's practice also includes the areas of public utilities, energy and telecommunications law, including litigation, corporate transactions and governmental relations matters. He has appeared before a variety of state public utility boards in numerous hearings on telecommunications and energy issues.


Admitted to practice in the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Illinois

Admitted to practice before the following federal courts:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Memberships & Activities

  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section
    • Health Law Section
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Iowa Law Review, Associate Managing Editor, 1987-1988

Articles & Presentations

  • Author, The Coronavirus and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Iowa Business Blog, Iowa Bankruptcy Blog, March 23, 2020
  • Presenter, "Current Bankruptcy Issues: How to Be a Bank in Bankruptcy," 2016 Iowa Banking Law Seminar, West Des Moines, September 7, 2016
  • National Business Institute, “Impact of Bankruptcy on Collections” (Des Moines, February 2015)
  • Education Services, “Judgment Enforcement” (Des Moines, August 2014)
  • National Business Institute, “Federal Debt Collection Practices Act” (Des Moines, March 2014)
  • National Business Institute, “Collection Law” (Des Moines, February 2013)
  • National Business Institute, “Bankruptcy Litigation” (Des Moines, June 2012)
  • National Business Institute, “Key Tax Considerations in Bankruptcy” (Des Moines, June 2011)
  • International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, “Buying, Selling and Reorganizing Biofuels Assets” (Indianapolis, June 2011)
  • National Business Institute, “Identifying Fraudulent Conveyances” and “Creditor Remedies in Bankruptcy” (Des Moines, March 2011)
  • “Avoiding Liability for Bankruptcy Preference Claims” The Legal Monitor (February 2011)
  • National Business Institute, “Basics of Chapter 13” and “Automatic Stay Litigation” (Cedar Rapids, December 2010)
  • Law Review CLE, “Lien Stripping Junior Mortgages” (Des Moines, November 2010)
  • Biofuels Institute, “Sales of Biofuels Assets in Today’s Economy” (Minneapolis, September 2010)
  • “Reorganization and Investment Opportunities in the Ethanol Industry” Ethanol Producer Magazine (April 2010)
  • Biofuels Institute, Ethanol Bankruptcy Panel (Houston, July 2009)
  • National Business Institute, "Advanced Bankruptcy in Iowa" (Des Moines, March 2004) 
  • Lorman Education Services, "Judgment Enforcement in Iowa" (Des Moines, January 2004)
  • Lorman Education Services, "Collection Law in Iowa" (Des Moines, June 2003)
  • NBI, "The Legal Issues of Problem Collections in Illinois" (Chicago, December 1992)