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Kenneth I. Kirschenbaum, Long Island Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee

Long Island Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee Kenneth I. Kirschenbaum, handles cases in the Eastern District of New York, Central Islip Bankruptcy Court [1]Written by Craig D. Robins, Esq.
 
This post is part of a series of biographies and profiles of Long Island bankruptcy trustees and judges [2].
 
Long Island Chapter 7 bankruptcy Trustee Kenneth Kirschenbaum has the distinction of being the senior-most member of the panel of Chapter 7 trustees for the Eastern District of New York for cases assigned to the Long Island Bankruptcy Court in Central Islip.  He has been on the panel since 1978.
 
For a few years in the early 1980s, Ken also served as a Chapter13 trustee in the Brooklyn Bankruptcy Court.
 
The Early Years
 
Ken grew up in Nassau County and attended Herricks High School.  He then graduated from Adelphi University with a major in psychology in 1970.  This led to jobs at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and the Maimonides Institute in Far Rockaway where he taught emotionally disturbed students for a year as he attended a graduate program for a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at St. Johns University.
 
After one year there he attended Brooklyn Law School [3]– his father’s alma matter – and the law school where he much later sent his daughter, Jennifer, to get her law degree.  He received his law degree in 1974.
 
In 1977 he formed a partnership with his father, who Ken says was a role model.  Their firm, Kirschenbaum and Kirschenbaum P.C. [4], is located in Garden City.
 
His law firm has developed a national reputation for representing companies in the burglar and fire alarm industry, and a significant portion of his practice is devoted to that.
 
Ken Kirchenbaum as a Bankruptcy Trustee
 
As a trustee, Ken has a reputation for actively and vigorously pursuing assets large and small, even those that may have a relatively low non-exempt value, especially cars.  He is known to rely heavily on his associates.
 
He is also the only trustee on the panel of Chapter 7 trustees in the Central Islip Bankruptcy Court who has a long laundry list of items that he requires debtors to produce before he will meet with them at the meeting of creditors.  These include bank statements, credit card statements, certificates of title to cars, copies of deeds, and homeowners insurance policies.
 
Ken was involved in a rather interesting case that I posted about during the summer:  Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee Kenneth Kirschenbaum and Nassau County District Attorney Fight Over Assets After Debtor Commits Suicide [5].
 
He was also the trustee in another interesting case that I wrote about for the Suffolk Lawyer:  Dying Octogenarian’s Secret Drives Spouse Into Bankruptcy [6].
 
 Mr. Kirschenbaum’s wife, Lois Kirschenbaum, is a well-known real estate broker.  They have  two grown children including Jennifer Kirschenbaum, who is an attorney in her father’s firm. 
 
Ken is a former board member at his temple and director of the Old Westbury Horseman’s Foundation. Once an avid horseback rider, he now spends his recreational time pursuing golf.
 
Ken is the only person I know who drives a Rolls Royce.  He lives in Nassau County.
 
Here’s Ken’s contact info:
 
Kenneth I. Kirschenbaum, Esq.
200 Garden City Plaza
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 747-6700
 
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