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Michael W. Kennedy is a partner at Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, LLP. He has a general practice, including but not limited to real estate, family law (divorce and adoption), business law, wills, trusts and estates, estate planning, collections, guardianships, and conservatorships and elder law. Mike is licensed to practice in Iowa.
Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwest Missouri State University in 1974. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction in 1977.
Mike is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association and the Iowa State Bar Association. He previously served as the chairperson of the Iowa City Civil Service Commission and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Iowa City Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program.
Mike is an Iowa City native. He raised three children in Iowa City with his wife Michelle. When not practicing law, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and following Iowa Hawkeye athletics.
Kirsten H. Frey, a partner at Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, LLP, has a general practice, including but not limited to business and corporate law, contract disputes, employment matters, real estate, civil litigation, family law, and wills and probate law.
Kirsten received her Bachelors of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Business Administration in 1991. She graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa Henry B. Tippie School of Management in 1995. While in law school, she was an editor for the Journal of Corporation Law and authored Reep v. Comm’r of Dept. of Employment and Training, Vol. 19, J. Corp. L. (1993).
Kirsten is a member of the Johnson County and Iowa State Bar Associations. Kirsten has served as the Chairperson of the Johnson County Bar Association Ethics and Unauthorized Practice of Law Grievance Committee and on the Law Related Education Committee and the Professionalism Committee of the Iowa State Bar Association. She has also served or is serving on the Boards of Directors for the following organizations: Zion Lutheran Church, Spring Valley Homeowner’s Association, Johnson County Housing Trust Fund, and the Montessori School of Iowa City. Kirsten has also served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
Kirsten grew up on a farm outside Spencer, Iowa. She lives in Iowa City with her husband, Leland, and three sons, Nolan, Mitchell, and Will. In her free time, she enjoys her children’s activities, spending time with her family and friends, reading, cooking, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.
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Kandie K. Gelner is a partner at Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, LLP. She has a general practice, including but not limited to probate, tax, estate planning, real estate, business entity formation, business and corporation law, conservatorships, guardianships and elder law.
Kandie is licensed to practice in Iowa and in the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa in federal court. She is also a licensed certified public accountant.
Kandie received her Bachelors of Business Administration (Accounting) degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa in 1986. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law with high distinction in 1995.
Kandie is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association, where she previously served as secretary. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA). She served as the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Hawkeye Chapter of the ISCPA. She served as a mentor-facilitator for the Constructive Solutions Program and as a speaker for the ISCPA. Kandie is a member of the Iowa Chapter of the Order of the Coif.
Kandie moved to the Iowa City area from her hometown, Mason City, Iowa, in the 1980’s. She currently lives in Solon with her husband, Jim Kringlen. She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Marcus M. Mills is an attorney with Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, LLP. He has a general practice, including but not limited to employment law, education law, immigration law, business law, and real estate.
Marc received his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Iowa State University.
Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Marc had his own solo law practice. He worked for many years at the University of Iowa before that – as an immigration specialist, an attorney in the Office of General Counsel, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Law.
He was the Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel of the UI from 2005 to 2008. Prior to returning to Iowa City, Marc worked for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) in Washington, DC, and was in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Marc is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He formerly was a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and also previously served as a member of the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission.
Marc is originally from Pella, Iowa. Marc’s wife Peggy is a Professor of Russian at the University of Iowa. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Zachary R. Davelaar is an attorney at Kennedy, Cruise, Frey & Gelner, LLP. His general practice includes, but isn't limited to, wills, trusts, probate, estate planning, tax, real estate, conservatorships and guardianships, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, elder law and Medicaid planning. Zachary is licensed to practice in the state of Iowa.
Zachary received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance from Dordt College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law.
He is a member of the Johnson County Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Association. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa.
Originally from Ireton, Iowa, Zachary currently lives with his wife, Sarah, in Iowa City. When not in the office, he is exploring Iowa City on his bike, growing vegetables in his garden, or playing numerous sports in a local league.