Ken Johnson, Managing Partner
Kenneth Johnson is co-founder and managing partner of Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC. Kenneth has acquired over 20 years of experience representing banks, mortgage lenders, services and creditors in both secured and unsecured transactions. His experience includes foreclosures, bankruptcy, REO closings, Immigration law, collections, document preparation and representation of fortune 500 companies in a variety of corporate business transactions. Ken is AV® Preeminent™ Peer-Review Rated 4.9 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell and licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota. Prior to coming to Illinois, he served on a statewide panel in Minnesota created to improve default litigation and increase efforts toward foreclosure prevention. Currently, Ken serves on the CEO Council for Chicago United and on the Board of Link Unlimited Scholars, LLC. As Managing Partner for Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, he is directly responsible for all day to day staff, client and firm-wide issues. Kenneth oversees the Immigration Department and all post-judgement matters including Sales, REO and Evictions. Under his leadership Johnson, Blumberg & Associates has become the go-to firm for lenders and servicers when complex questions arise. Ken has worked hard to create a culture that places value on excellence and diversity. His insistence on these principals has made Johnson, Blumberg & Associates one of the most desirable places to work in this industry. Ken graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1993 and was a member of the Law Review and received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1990.
Gunar Blumberg, Partner
Gunar J. Blumberg, a partner at Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, has extensive experience in all aspects of default services, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, real estate closings and contract negotiations. Gunar has represented the firm's clients in Wisconsin since 2003, achieving results which exceed industry standards. Since that time, Gunar has represented the firm in Wisconsin courts and has produced quality work product which exceed industry standards in Wisconsin. Gunar has developed excellent relationships with the courts in Wisconsin. He graduated with a J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark in 1964 and received a B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1959.
Robert Blumberg, Senior Attorney
Robert has more than 15 years of legal experience and ten years of direct experience in the default services field. Prior to joining the firm he worked at a Fortune 500 financial services firm. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1992 as well as of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1995, Robert Blumberg is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois since 1998 and in Iowa since 2006. At Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, Mr. Blumberg is responsible for managing all aspects of the default process in the State of Iowa, including reviewing and approving all correspondence and pleadings, conducting and responding to discovery, handling mediation hearings, appearing at judgment hearings, handling contested matters, preparing sale packets, handling the eviction process and clearing title. Mr. Blumberg also assists in reviewing complaints and deed in lieu documents for Illinois foreclosure files. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the American Legal and Financial Network.
Karla Moore-Stepter, Contested Litigation Attorney
Karla graduated from The John Marshall Law School in May 2007. Admitted to the Illinois State Bar on November 8, 2007 and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on April 27, 2010, she is also a member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Chicago United. Karla has been an Attorney at Johnson Blumberg & Associates LLC for over 5 years and currently serves as the Supervising Litigation Attorney.
Andrew Kraemer, IN Managing Attorney
Andrew Kraemer has served as the Indiana Managing Attorney for Johnson Blumberg since October of 2013. He began as a law clerk for the Honorable Harry C. Des Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, after he was admitted to the state bar in 1989. From 1994 through 1996 he worked as in-house counsel for the Thomas Group, where he dealt with compliance and corporation matters, including real estate closings. In 1996, he started at Unterberg & Associates, a large mortgage foreclosure firm based in Merrillville, Indiana, until 1999 when he left for an attorney position at Burke, Costanza & Cuppy, LLP (now Burke, Costanza & Carberry). At Burke, he provided creditor representation in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy cases while also working in civil litigation. Most recently he maintained his own solo practice, specializing in mortgage default, where he regularly represented Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, as local appearing counsel. He also has experience in eviction cases in Lake County Indiana. Andrew is a Valparaiso Law School graduate and holds both an Associate and Bachelor of Arts degree, from Highland and Augustana College respectively. He served as Chair for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Section in 2009 and 2010. Andrew has lectured on bankruptcy and foreclosure Continuing Legal Education seminars and currently serves as Master of the Bench on the Calumet American Inn of Court, a national society promoting civility amongst attorneys.
Kenneth Bach, Bankruptcy Attorney
Ken is a bankruptcy attorney at Johnson Blumberg, and has been focusing on contested cases. His prior experience includes criminal appeals and environmental administrative law. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 2008 with his Juris Doctor after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003. He is affiliated with the Chicago Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Cord Harris, WI Associate Attorney
Cord joined Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC in March 2015 as an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Wisconsin Practice. Cord graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Law Studies and he received his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School in 2014. Cord is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin.
Emilie Hunt, IL Associate Attorney
Ms. Hunt is the supervising attorney of Mediation and Loss Mitigation. In addition to specializing in loss mitigation and settlement negotiation, Emilie handles Illinois court appearances as well as Illinois complaints. She has over five years of experience in real estate law and creditor’s rights. Ms. Hunt graduated with distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was an Associate Editor for Law Journal. Prior to law school, Emilie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder, majoring in Sociology and Political Science. Emilie is licensed to practice in Illinois (admitted 2009), and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (admitted, 2009).
Erik Blumberg, Managing Partner
Erik is co-founder and managing partner of Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC. Erik combines 20 years of experience in foreclosure and bankruptcy with expertise in eviction matters, housing code litigation, title claims, mechanic's lien litigation, and real estate closings. Prior to the formation of Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, Erik operated as an attorney for Fisher & Fisher, Attorneys at Law P.C., (now Fisher & Shapiro, LLC), representing lenders in real-estate matters, including foreclosure actions, bankruptcy, title claims, contract disputes, closings, and evictions in both state and federal courts. From 1995 to 1999 he served as Associate Attorney for Knepper & Moga, P.C., representing healthcare entities in bankruptcy and probate proceedings. Erik graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1994. He is licensed to practice in Indiana (1994) and Illinois (1995).
Andrew Houha, Senior Attorney/Operations
Andrew has operated as the Firm’s senior attorney in charge of strategic operations since he came on board in 2008. He has served as the Firm’s lead Wisconsin trial attorney and manager of the Bankruptcy department and currently functions as the Data Administrator, responsible for implementing and modifying the Firm’s database. He has over twenty years of bankruptcy and foreclosure experience, beginning with his time as an Associate Attorney for the law firm of Joseph Wrobel Ltd in 1993, where he became fully versed in all aspects of real estate closing and eviction matters, both tenant and landlord side. From 1999 until 2007 he operated as a senior-level attorney for Fisher and Fisher (now Fisher and Shapiro, LLC). He built out much of Fisher’s bankruptcy case management software. An integral part of the bankruptcy practice. Andrew also acted as a lead facilitator and panelist at US Foreclosure Network (USFN) mortgage default servicing seminars, speaking on a wide range of bankruptcy topics. Andrew was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1993 and is licensed in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin federal courts.
Rebecca M.R. Weininger, Managing Attorney
Rebecca M.R. Weininger has been the Managing Attorney for Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC, since July 2013. Rebecca joined JBA in January 2013 as Managing Attorney for Commercial Litigation. She has extensive litigation and appellate experience representing creditors in federal, bankruptcy, and state courts and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar. Rebecca advises lenders, note buyers, security interest holders, and businesses in matters involving obtaining, protecting and enforcing security interests, defending against fraud and other tort actions, and prosecuting and defending contract disputes. Rebecca’s litigation background includes trials and substantive motion practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Illinois State courts, and state and federal courts in Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa. Rebecca’s appellate practice includes numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Appellate Court. Rebecca graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 2001 and with distinction from Vassar College in 1997. Rebecca clerked for the Honorable Justice Robert Eastaugh of the Alaskan Supreme Court.
Noah S. Weininger, Managing Attorney for Commercial Litigation
Noah is the Managing Attorney for Commercial Litigation at Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC. Noah has advised creditors and lenders in residential and commercial transactions for nearly a decade. Noah has extensive experience representing a wide range of clients in commercial transaction and litigation matters, in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. He represents creditors, lenders, landlords, and court-appointed receivers in foreclosure, litigation, eviction, loan workout, collection and bankruptcy matters. Noah is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He has extensive trial practice in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. Noah graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School in 2003. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2000.
Josephine Miceli, Senior Attorney
Josephine J. Miceli is currently the Senior Bankruptcy Attorney at Johnson, Blumberg & Associates. Josephine attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1994. Josephine attended Depaul Law School and earned her J.D. in 1997. Josephine has been licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois since 1997. She is also licensed in the United States Northern District and Southern District of Illinois since 1997 and 2001 respectively. Josephine recently was admitted to practice in the United States District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin in September 2013. She has 14 years experience in bankruptcy and has already made her mark at Johnson Blumberg & Associates, LLC.
James Remmes, IL Associate Attorney
James Remmes is currently licensed with the Illinois State Bar and was admitted and has been practicing since May, 2010. James attended the State University of New York at Geneseo for his undergraduate degree where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005. James then went on to attend the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he received his Juris Doctor in 2010. He has been specializing in this industry for the past two and a half years. James currently is the supervising attorney for Illinois complaints, Amended Complaints and Probate. He is also one of the supervising attorneys for the Illinois Evictions Department. James also makes frequent court appearances for foreclosure matters, mediations, and also evictions.
Thomas Olson, IL Associate Attorney
Thomas joined Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC in May 2015 as an associate attorney in the firm’s Illinois Practice. Thomas graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and he received his Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 2014. Thomas is licensed to practice law in Illinois.
Iskra Panteva, IL Associate Attorney
Iskra Panteva is the head of the Immigration Department at Johnson, Blumberg & Associates. She advises multinational companies, executives, and individuals on all aspects of employment-based immigration, investment and family immigration. She has assisted companies in best practices with issues involving nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency and corporate compliance. Furthermore, her practice expends in representing individuals in family-based and complexed removal defense cases. Before joining JBA, she was an Associate Attorney in one of the largest global law firms. Iskra is an active member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, a committee member of CVLS and AILA National Pro Bono Liaisons. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and is admitted to practice law in Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.