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Adam C. Reeves

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

Adam serves as co-chair of the Appellate practice and also is focused on Business Litigation matters, concentrating on Antitrust, Trade Regulation & Franchise, Criminal & Business Torts, and Intellectual Property.

Before joining SKO, Adam gained significant experience in federal criminal law as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, where he prosecuted cases involving corporate and white collar crime, and civil and criminal forfeiture. During his time as an Assistant US Attorney, Adam successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and also obtained guilty verdicts in two jury trials.

Previously, Adam was a litigation associate with another Kentucky-based law firm and a law clerk for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Education
William and Mary School of Law
2010, J.D.
College of William Mary
2007, B.A., magna cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

Recognition

  • Chief Justice of Moot Court, 2010
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Skills Program, 2010
  • Government Department Mellon Research Fellow, 2007-2008

Work Highlights

Successful Defense of Veil-Piercing Claim

Spradlin v. Beads and Steeds Inn, LLC (In re Howland), Case No. 16-5499 (Jan., 2017) (unpublished)

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court rulings SKO obtained in a matter involving novel Kentucky corporate law claims centered on reverse veil piercing and substantive consolidation claims under bankruptcy law. SKO successfully defended the client against efforts by a Chapter 7 trustee to avoid the transfer of a parcel of real property. In this case, the client purchased a farm from an LLC, which leased it back to continue operating its business at the location. When the individual members of the LLC later sought bankruptcy relief, the trustee filed a complaint, alleging the client was the recipient of a fraudulent transfer. SKO proved the property transfer was made to our client by the LLC, not the individual debtors. Efforts by the trustee to amend and consolidate the complaint on appeal, as well as invoke reverse veil-piercing, were unsuccessful in federal Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Related Practices: Appellate