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Hon. Dennis R. Dow

United States Bankruptcy Judge (retired)

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Kansas City, MO 64106

Class: XXIV (2013)Circuit: Eighth


University of Wyoming, B.A. (Philosophy) (1975)
Washburn University School of Law, J.D. (1978)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Western District of Missouri (2003-)
Associate and Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon (1978-03)


American Bankruptcy Institute, Board of Directors (2007-); Executive Committee (2012-)
Federal Judicial Center, Bankruptcy Judge Education Advisory Committee (2009-); Faculty, Phase II Training for New Bankruptcy Judges (2009-)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Chair, Schwartz Roundtable (2009-10); Chair, Endowment Board (2011-); Chair, Education Committee (2013)
Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Institute, Faculty Member (2011-)
8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Pro Tem Member
8th Circuit Judicial Council, Bankruptcy Judge Representative (2012-)


"Gramm-Leach-Bliley and the Bankruptcy/Collection Attorney," Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor Feb 2002
"'Rent to Own' Agreements in Bankruptcy: Sales or Leases?" American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review Vol. 2, No. 1 Spring 1994
"ERISA-Related Claims in Bankruptcy," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice Vol. 3, No. 1 Nov/Dec 1993