May 2016

Retirement: Judge Gregory F. Kishel

Judge Gregory F. Kishel, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota retired on May 31, 2016.
Judge Kishel was born in 1951. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1973 and his law degree from Boston College in 1977.

He worked in private practice in Duluth, Minnesota from 1978 to 1986. He also served the Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, as a staff attorney (1978- 1981), board member (1981-1982), vice president (1982-1983), and president (1983-1984).

Judge Kishel was appointed by the U.S. District Court of Minnesota as a part-time bankruptcy judge on May 25, 1984, and then by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as a full-time bankruptcy judge on October 1, 1986. He served as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court from October 3, 2000, until September 25, 2007, and again from January 26, 2011, until his retirement. He also served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit from 1996 until 2016.
Judge Kishel has been active in the Minnesota State Bar Association, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. In 2013, he received the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Judge Nancy C. Dreher Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award.
Congratulations, Judge Kishel!