Mr. Kirk is a native of the coal fields in Kentucky. He obtained his undergraduate degree in social sciences and secondary education from Morehead State University. After graduating, Mr. Kirk attended law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and received his Juris Doctorate. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Kirk practiced law in Cleveland, Ohio and his practice focused on representing clients in bankruptcy proceedings and business litigation. From 2008 until the end 2017, Mr. Kirk worked as an attorney for the United States Bankruptcy Administrator for the Eastern District of North Carolina. While working for the U.S. Bankruptcy Administrator, Mr. Kirk was involved in thousands of bankruptcy proceedings. He was involved in all facets of each chapter of bankruptcy. Mr. Kirk understands the needs of a consumer and has the experience to assist the needs of large corporations. From the consumer case to a multimillion dollar company to a farmer, Mr. Kirk has experience in assisting any client in financial distress.
Morehead State University, B.A. in Social Sciences and Secondary Education, 1995, magna cum laude
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1998, with honors
State of Ohio, 1998
State of North Carolina, 2009
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1998
United States District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2009
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2003
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2011
Professional Associations and Organizations
North Carolina State Bar
American Bankruptcy Institute
Publications and Speaking
2009-2017. Mr. Kirk has been an annual speaker at the Eastern Bankruptcy Institute. His lectures focused on consumer and business bankruptcy, business reorganization, mediation, and ethics.
2014. Mr. Kirk was a featured speaker and author of material for the North Carolina Bar Assocation, Bankruptcy Section on the issue concerning means testing.
2015. Mr. Kirk was a featured speaker and author of material for the North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section on the issue of individual absolute priority and new value