Frank Wendt

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As a young lawyer, Frank provided free legal services to homeless families at the Salvation Army Family Shelter in Kansas City and the empathy for clients under extreme stress he developed there influences his work with commercial bankruptcy, insolvency, and litigation. For over 25 years inside and outside state and federal courts, Frank has worked extensively with commercial creditors and debtors to aggressively protect their interests and to resolve their legal problems. Frank speaks and writes on issues of bankruptcy, real estate, and mechanics’ lien issues.


B.A., Political Science, minor in Public Administration, Truman State University, magna cum laude

J.D., Drake University School of Law, graduated with honors, Order of the Coif

Honors & Awards

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2016-2023)

Selected for inclusion in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers (2006-2021)

Pro Bono Publico Award – Missouri Bar Association (1990)

Lance Welch Award for Public Service – Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (1989)

Bar Admissions & Professional Associations




U.S. Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court – District of Kansas

U.S. District Court – Western District of Missouri

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Seminars & Publications

Frank is a speaker and author for seminars covering bankruptcy, real estate and mechanics’ lien issues.

U.S. Court of Appeals – Eighth Circuit

Representative Cases

In re Sherman, 67 F.3d 1348 (8th Cir. 1995) – represented bankruptcy trustee in recovering fraudulent transfers.

In re Young, 207 Fed. Appx. 735 (8th Cir. 2006) – filed involuntary bankruptcy proceedings on behalf of a client defrauded in a cattle Ponzi scheme leading to a significant recovery for client.

Hartford Fire Insurance Company v. P&H Cattle Co., Inc. – represented client in obtaining judgment on indemnity contract.

In re Lupfer Brothers – represented secured creditor in bankruptcy case filed under Chapter 12.

In re R.M. Taylor, Inc. – represented debtor’s estate in recovering preferences.

Centennial Management Services, Inc. v. Axa Re Vie – represented reinsurer in litigation arising out of insurance company insolvency proceedings.

In re LeBlanc Inc. – represented parent company in bankruptcy of insolvent subsidiary and sale of subsidiary’s manufacturing unit.

Dean Machinery Co. v. Union Bank – represented debtor in UCC priority dispute and conversion claims.

In re Bedrock International, LLC – represented unsecured creditors’ committee in obtaining an 80% Chapter 11 plan and subordination of insider interests.

In re Purcell Holdings, LLC – represented warehouse real estate company in successful Chapter 11 reorganization.