1100 Main, Suite 2850, Kansas City, MO 64105, US

(816) 471-5900

Welcome to Berman, DeLeve, Kuchan & Chapman, LLC

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Berman, DeLeve, Kuchan & Chapman, LLC was founded in 1931 and is one of the oldest firms in the Metropolitan Kansas City area concentrating exclusively in representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings and  collecting retail and commercial claims. 




  • All types of commercial claims and related litigation
  • Loan recoveries
  • Credit card delinquencies
  • Auto deficiencies
  • Replevins
  • Real estate foreclosures
  • Lien/judgment enforcement
  • Loan workouts
  • Mechanic liens
  • Claims and foreclosures
  • Subrogation
  • Collateral workouts
  • Health care collections
  • Installment plans
  • Complete creditor representation in all bankruptcy proceedings
  • Representation of individuals filing Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases
  • Representation of businesses in Chapter 11 cases
  • Representation of farmers in Chapter 12 cases



Berman, DeLeve, Kuchan & Chapman, LLC 

aggressively represents clients in state and 

federal courts in Missouri and Kansas.  One of the reasons the Firm has been so successful since 1931 is that the development of our expertise in debtor and creditors' rights enable us not to have to "reinvent the wheel".  We are therefore able to provide efficient and top quality service to clients while maintaining a reasonable fee structure. By concentrating our efforts of our bankruptcy clients' rights we are able to provide legal services more efficiently and at a reasonable cost than many other attorneys and firms who represent 




Ronald S. Weiss

     Ronald S. Weiss is a 1969 graduate of the UMKC School of Law.  After graduation he joined the firm Berman, DeLeve, Kuchan & Chapman where he still practices as the last member of this distinguished firm. Mr. Weiss is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the bars of the 8th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a member of the ABI and the Commercial Law League. He is a long time lecturer for the National Bankruptcy Institute. 

     Over his career Mr. Weiss has been involved in practically all of the major bankruptcy cases in this area. Significantly from 1992 to 2014 he was co-chair on the UMKC - ABI annual bankruptcy seminar, one of the significant educational events in Missouri bankruptcy practice. He continues to serve as emeritus member to the committee planning and implementing of that conference. He is also a contributing author to the Missouri Bar publication on bankruptcy practices. 

      He is well respected throughout the Western District and generally in Missouri as counselor and advocate for his clients and in the practice of commercial and bankruptcy law. He is often recognized as a leading member of the bankruptcy bar in this community. 


Joel Pelofsky

     Mr. Pelofsky was appointed a bankruptcy judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri in January of 1980 and sworn in May of 1980. He resigned his appointment in December of 1985. 

     Mr. Pelofsky is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri. He attended Paseo High School and graduated from Southwest High School in 1955. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, graduating with an LIB in 1962. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable John W. Oliver, United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri in 1962 and 1963. He then served on active duty with the United States Army until discharge in 1965. He returned to Kansas City where he practiced law with his father and brother in the firm of Miniace and Pelofsky. He was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council in 1971 and served two terms. After resigning from the bench, he joined the Kansas City firm Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy. He left that firm in 1995 to become the United States Trustee for Region 13 (Missouri, Arkansas  and Nebraska). The United States Trustee Program is a component of the Department of Justice and is responsible for oversight of certain bankruptcy administrative activity. He served in that position until May of 2003. In 2002 Mr. Pelofsky was elected to the Board of the Kansas City Missouri School District and served through 2010. 

     Mr. Pelofsky published 81 opinions during his years on the bench. He often remarked that the bankruptcy bench was the best judicial position as it combined legal and business judgments and was continually involved in the solving of problems of petitioners, creditors and the bar. That experience was enhanced by the quality and collegiality of the bankruptcy bar and bench. 

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Berman, DeLeve, Kuchan & Chapman, LLC

1100 Main, Suite 2850, Kansas City, MO 64105, US

(816) 471-5900


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