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I help people and small businesses that are facing financial difficulties.

Who I am

I am Ed Karfeld. I received my JD degree from the University of Missouri and was admitted to practice law in Missouri in 1967. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in my final year of law school. After my admission to the Missouri Bar, I attended the Marine Corps Officers Candidate School where I received a commission as Second Lieutenant.  I then attended The Basic School where I was trained as a Platoon Commander. After attending the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, I served in the Marine Corps as a lawyer and a Military Judge from 1968-1970. My service included tours of duty with the: 2nd Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina; 1st Marine Division in Viet Nam; 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa; and, Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia.  I am a member of the Missouri Bar and Illinois Bar.


In 1971, I returned to my home town of St Louis, and began a private law practice with a focus on bankruptcy law and creditors rights. I bring more than 40 years of bankruptcy experience to my clients. I have served as both a Chapter 7 Trustee and a Chapter 13 Trustee, have authored and co-authored numerous publications and have lectured extensively on bankruptcy law for the Missouri Bar Association and the National Business Institute.  I have helped individuals, businesses, and municipalities in bankruptcy and in workouts outside of bankruptcy.

bankruptcy experience

Attorney for individuals, businesses, and municipalities that are in financial stress.  Negotiate workouts outside of bankruptcy where feasible.  Counsel and advise individuals and small business owners of their alternatives and represent them in bankruptcy cases if they decide that is their least bad alternative.  Complete, experienced representation in bankruptcy cases filed under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.  

Attorney for creditors in workouts and bankruptcy.  Successfully protect creditors’ rights against debtors, bankruptcy Trustees and creditor committees in Chapter 11 cases. Help businesses, landlords and individuals deal with customers and tenants that are in financial stress.  Created and helped implement strategies to reduce losses from bankruptcies for national consumer retailer, and assisted in their successful implementation. Call on my experience representing creditors to help my consumer clients.

Attorney for Bankruptcy Trustees in Chapter 7 bankruptcy estates.  Represent Chapter 7 Trustees in recovering preferential and fraudulent transfers, liquidating assets, and litigating and resolving disputes involving liens, security interests and claims.

Former Chapter 7 Trustee.  Managed the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases and the liquidation of several significant businesses including a national chain of pet stores, a national retailer and a local dairy.  

Former Chapter 13 Trustee.  Managed court-supervised pay-back plans for consumer debtors in Chapter 13 cases.


edward j. karfeld


Office Hours: 9-5pm




send correspondence to

P.O. Box 32095
St. Louis, MO 63132


11628 Old Ballas Rd #206
St. Louis, MO 63141


  • Best Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications for work as  Revision Editor on the Fifth Edition Missouri Creditors’ Remedies, presented by the Association of Continuing Legal Education

  •  Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education, in May, 2014

community service

  • Washington University School of Law, volunteer judge and evaluator of intramural client counseling competition and negotiation competition

  • Semper Fi Society of St.  Louis, Inc., (Incorporator)

  • Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation (Board Member 2014 -  )

  • Military Officers Association of America (Legal Officer - Greater St.  Louis Chapter 2015 - )

activities & affiliations

  • Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Committee of the Missouri Bar Association (2010 - 2012)

  • Past co-chair of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St Louis

  • Planning Committee member of the  Solo and Small Firm Committee, (2003 - present)

  • Current board member and Legal Officer of the St. Louis Chapter of the  Military Officers Association of America

  • Current board member and Secretary of the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation

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