On June 30, 2021, Judge Robert J. Kressel will retire after 38½ years of service as a Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota.
Judge Kressel retired from regular service as a Bankruptcy Judge in June 2012, but has served as a recalled judge ever since, presiding over cases in the Duluth divisional office (a duty he shared with Judge Gregory Kishel until Judge Kishel’s retirement in 2016), and some Minneapolis chapter 7 and 13 cases. Also during his recall terms, he presided over and confirmed the chapter 11 plans of four Minnesota diocesan cases (including the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Dioceses of Duluth, New Ulm and St. Cloud) and three Crosier religious order cases.
Judge Kressel’s pending cases will be reassigned as follows:
On June 1, 2021, all Judge Kressel’s pending Minneapolis chapter 7 and 13 cases (and any related adversary proceedings) will be reassigned to Judge Kathleen Sanberg. Judge Sanberg will also be assigned all new Minneapolis chapter 13 cases filed on and after June 1, 2021 in which Kyle Carlson serves as standing trustee. New Minneapolis chapter 13 cases in which Gregory Burrell serves as standing trustee will continue to be assigned equally between Chief Judge Ridgway and Judge Sanberg.
On July 1, 2021, all pending Duluth cases (and any related adversary proceedings) will be reassigned to Judge William Fisher, who will also be assigned all new cases filed in the Duluth divisional office on and after July 1, 2021.
Also on July 1, 2021, the Diocese of Winona-Rochester case and one related adversary proceeding will be reassigned to Judge Fisher.