Erlene W. Krigel



4520 Main St, Ste 700
Kansas City, MO 64111

Practice Area and Specialties


About Erlene W. Krigel

Erlene W. Krigel was one of the founding members of Krigel & Krigel, P.C. She heads the bankruptcy department, overseeing attorneys who handle Chapter 7, 11, and 13 matters for both debtors and creditors.


In February 1985, Erlene was appointed by the United States Department of Justice to serve as a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the Western District of Missouri, becoming the first woman appointed as a trustee in the district. She is regularly appointed to approximately 600 cases per year. In September 1996, she was appointed by the United States Trustee Office to serve as a Chapter 12 panel trustee in the Western District of Missouri, where she is also a regular speaker at bankruptcy seminars.

Erlene Krigel was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September 1979. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and for the District of Kansas. She attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree and earned her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She serves on the Justice for All Committee for Legal Aid of Western Missouri and as a trustee on the Law Foundation board for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

She is a past President of Jewish Family Services and a past President of the Law Foundation. She was awarded the Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award in 2005 and the Western District of Missouri’s 2022 Michael R. Roser Excellence in Bankruptcy Award.


Erlene W. Krigel: Attorney – Krigel Nugent + Moore


“In a legal situation that was daunting, confusing, and thoroughly stressful, the team at KNM was indispensable. The attorneys were knowledgeable, prompt, patient, and communicative. Always taking the time to walk me through the processes & what to expect in the next steps. I couldn’t recommend a better group of professionals.” – Nick B.

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“They are superior in their understanding of the law and compassionate about solving their clients’ problems.” – Jeff & Janet

Additional Information


University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri, 1979 | J.D. | Honors: With Distinction

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1973 | B.A.


Bar Admissions

Missouri, 1979

Professional Associations and Memberships

Western District of Missouri, Western Division. Chapter 7 Panel, 1985 | Trustee

Western District of Missouri | Trustee

Western District of Missouri, Chapter 12 Panel, 1996 | Trustee

Missouri Bar Association | Member

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association | Member

Kansas City Women’s Bar Association | Member

American Bankruptcy Institute | Member

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees | Member

UMKC School of Law, 1995 | Trustee, Board of Trustees

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