Bankruptcy & Insolvency


Keesal, Young & Logan bankruptcy and insolvency attorneys have decades of experience in bankruptcy courts across the United States.

Our practice generally focuses on creditors’ rights, and we represent clients in contested matters and adversary proceedings arising under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code, and under state laws permitting assignments for the benefit of creditors. Members of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Practice Group represent firm clients throughout all industries we service including banking and financial services, engineering and construction, shipping and logistics, and consumer goods. Regardless of the industry, our substantive legal experience and depth of understanding of our clients’ businesses create a natural synergy and seamless ability to effectively represent them in bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

Our bankruptcy and insolvency services include:

  • Advising clients with respect to protective actions that can be taken in advance of debtors filing for bankruptcy.
  • Advising clients with respect to safely structuring ongoing business relationships with customers or vendors who are in or near bankruptcy.
  • Filing and obtaining payment on proofs of claim (including requests for administrative priority claims), and opposing objections to claims.
  • Filing motions for and obtaining relief from the automatic stay to allow pursuit of collection and foreclosure actions.
  • Negotiating with debtors to obtain “critical vendor” designations for clients.
  • Filing and prosecuting complaints for non-dischargeability and/or to deny a debtor’s discharge entirely to allow the collection of debts following bankruptcy.
  • Filing and prosecuting objections to claims by debtors that certain property is “exempt” from collection efforts.
  • Defending “turnover” and “fraudulent conveyance” actions to recover alleged property of the bankruptcy estate transferred prior to the bankruptcy.
  • Defending attempts by debtors to extinguish liens on real or personal property.
  • Defending state and federal claims for damages and/or injunctive relief brought by debtors and trustees through adversary proceedings.
  • Filing for dismissal of bad faith bankruptcy petitions, or conversion of reorganization proceedings to liquidation proceedings.

In addition to appearing in the United States Bankruptcy Court, we represent clients in connection with bankruptcy appeals before United States District Courts, Bankruptcy Appellate Panels and at the Circuit Court level. The firm has an impressive record in bankruptcy related appeals and we are proud to have served as counsel of record with respect to several favorable published opinions.

For additional information, please contact:

Peter R. Boutin
(415) 398-6000
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Stacey Myers Garrett
(562) 436-2000
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David D. Piper
(562) 436-2000
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Our experience includes:

  • Filing and obtaining payment on proofs of claim (including requests for administrative priority claims), and opposing objections to claims
  • Filing motions for and obtaining relief from the automatic stay to allow pursuit of collection and foreclosure actions
    Filing and prosecuting complaints for non-dischargeability and/or to deny a debtor’s discharge entirely to allow the collection of debts following bankruptcy
  • Filing and prosecuting objections to claims by debtors that certain property is “exempt” from collection efforts
  • Defending “turnover” and “fraudulent conveyance” actions to recover alleged property of the bankruptcy estate transferred prior to the bankruptcy

More Experience:

  • Defending attempts by debtors to extinguish liens of the firm’s clients on real or personal property
  • Advising clients with respect to safely structuring ongoing business relationships with customers or vendors who are in or near bankruptcy
  • Advising clients regarding effect of recent amendments to the Bankruptcy Code, including those made as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002) and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

In addition to appearing in the United States Bankruptcy Court, we represent clients in connection with bankruptcy appeals before United States District Courts, Bankruptcy Appellate Panels, and at the Circuit Court level. KYL has an impressive record in bankruptcy-related appeals and we are proud to have served as counsel of record with respect to several favorable published opinions.

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