Kimberly Gilbert Wright

Kimberly Gilbert Wright

Attorney
Location:
Lafayette, Indiana
Phone:
765-588-0832
Fax:
765-446-2684
Email:
EXPERIENCE
Chapter 7 Panel Bankruptcy Trustee, January 1999 to present
United States Trustee’s Office (a division of the United States Department of Justice)
Serves as fiduciary in appointed, quasi-judicial position which conducts examinations of debtors under oath and administers nearly 600-800 cases assigned per year on average. Administration consists of: collecting and reducing to money property of the estate (through litigation where necessary), being accountable for all property received, investigating the financial affairs of the debtors, opposing the discharge of the debtors if advisable, and making a final report and accounting to the U. S. Trustee’s office and Court upon final administration of each bankruptcy estate. Appointment as Trustee is renewable each year upon yearly review and is subject to periodic audit and routine federal background check. Since 2002, files all pleadings with the Court electronically using the Court’s electronic filing (CM/ECF) system and utilizes BMS (Bankruptcy Management Solutions) case management software.

Private Practice of Law, January 2003 to present
Kimberly A. Gilbert, Attorney at Law, P. C., Lafayette, Indiana
Manages, supervises, and provides legal representation for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 and other general practice matters in a small law firm. Provides human resources and financial supervision and maintenance of firm books and records. Since 2002, files all pleadings with the Court electronically using the Court’s CM/ECF system and utilizes Best Case petition preparation and case management software.

Deputy Public Defender, Title IV-D, October 2014 to present
Tippecanoe County Public Defender’s Office, Lafayette, Indiana
Provides legal defense representation on limited basis for non-custodial parties facing possibility of incarceration due to accumulation of child support arrearage.

Shareholder/Officer/Bookkeeper, August 1997 to present
Gilbert Excavating, Inc., Remington, Indiana
Participates in family-owned and operated excavating and general contracting business including active managerial and financial supervision of business books and records. Conducts annual and/or special shareholders meetings and resolves issues of dispute/concern between shareholders.

Adjunct Faculty, Fall Semesters 2010 and 2011 (inactive status to date due to lack of enrollment)
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana
Provided instruction and assessment for the Paralegal Studies program relating to the legal field of bankruptcy practice, maintain student attendance records and provide student grade records pursuant to College policy within scheduled deadlines.

Associate Attorney, September 1999 to December 2002
Reiling Teder & Schrier, LLC, Lafayette, Indiana
Provided legal representation in the areas of bankruptcy law (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 debtors and creditors), collections law, business law, commercial law, criminal law and family law.

Associate Attorney, July 1998 to August 1999
Mark A. Hardwick & Associates (formerly Margret Robb & Associates), Lafayette, Indiana
Provided representation in the areas of general practice, bankruptcy law (Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 debtors and creditors), probate and estate law, criminal law and family law.

Associate Attorney, March 1998 to July 1998
Merritt & Troemel, Lafayette, Indiana
Provided representation in the areas of bankruptcy law, criminal law and family law.

Tax Analyst/Staff Attorney, August 1997 to March 1998
Indiana Department of Revenue (Legal/Inheritance Tax Division), Indianapolis, Indiana
Performed audits and review of state and federal inheritance/estate tax returns, communicated with estate counsel and county treasurer’s offices to resolve estate tax issues, and provided customer service to the public, heirs and attorneys of estates being reviewed.

Legal Clerk, May 1996 to August 1996
Blaney, Casey & Walton, Rensselaer, Indiana
Provided legal research, preparation of legal memorandums and pleadings, and attended court proceedings with supervising partner in a small firm with emphasis on general practice.

Legal Intern, May 1995 to August 1995
Office of the Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney, Rensselaer, Indiana
Provided legal research, investigation, preparation of legal memorandums and pleadings, and attended court proceedings with supervising deputy prosecutor with emphasis on criminal law, child support and paternity proceedings.

Accountant/Finance Team, May 1993 to August 1994
Schilli Transportation Services, Inc., Remington, Indiana
Prepared and analyzed financial statements including year-end adjustments and assisted during a professional audit of a six (6) subsidiary transportation service corporation.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • Supreme Court of Indiana

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1997
  • Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science cum laude - 1993
    • Honors: Dean’s List 1992-1993
    • Major: Accounting
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Young Lawyer Section Council, 2002; Past District Delegate)
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association (Treasurer, 2003)
  • Committee to Elect Laura Zeman Judge (Treasurer, January 2014 to present)
  • Judge Pro Tem, Tippecanoe Superior Court No. 4, Lafayette, Indiana (occasional)
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation (occasional lecturer)
  • Tippecanoe County Bar, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, Seminar Lecturer (2005)
  • Purdue University, Krannert School of Business, Guest Lecturer for the Business Law class
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana, Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Training (2002)
  • Bankruptcy Management Systems (BMS) Trustee Case Management Software Training (1999-present)
  • Best Case Bankruptcy Preparation and Case Management Software Training (2003-present)