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Joseph A. Peiffer, Esq., is the owner of Ag & Business Legal Strategies in Hiawatha, Iowa. He is a 1982 graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Law.
Joe completed his undergraduate studies in agriculture at Iowa State University in 1979. Joe’s practice is focused primarily on bankruptcy and debt restructuring. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, and the Iowa State Bar Association. Joe served on the Specialization Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association from 1992 through 2002. Joe is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association. He was certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board Certification in 1994.
Joe was Debtors’ Counsel in In Re Knudsen vs. I.R.S., 581 F.3d 696 (8th Cir. 2009) the Chapter 12 case that clarified the meaning of 11 U.S.C. § 1222(a)(2)(A) and submitted an amicus curiae brief in Hall v. United States, 132 S.Ct. 1882 (2012) decided on May 14, 2012. Joe worked with Senator Grassley to enact legislation to reverse the holding of Hall v. United States regarding taxes on the sale of farm assets in Chapter 12. President Trump signed the legislation that reversed Hall on October 26, 2017.
Joe is actively working with the Commercial Law League of America to modify the bankruptcy venue laws that have allowed corporate debtors such as VeraSun to file their cases involving farmers in Delaware, a state far removed from where they have done business with the farmers. Joe has a passion for helping farmers and other business owners facing financial difficulties make tough decisions and either get back on track or move on to a new phase in their life without the financial struggles they had when they first consulted with him.