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Amelia M. Adams

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

A commercial attorney with experience in a variety of industries, Amelia advises businesses as they navigate financial and operational concerns.  She works alongside clients to understand the intricacies of their day-to-day, ensure they have the legal tools required to guide their organizations, and develop creative options for addressing obstacles.  As Counsel to the Firm, she practices in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office with the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring and Business Litigation practice groups and contributes to several other groups.

Amelia brings a strong professional background to any engagement.  Prior to joining Stoll Keenon Ogden, Amelia engaged in private law practice with a boutique firm focused in bankruptcy, debtor/creditor relations, and civil litigation, and she served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Tracey N. Wise, Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  She was also a vice president and senior trust officer at a large regional bank, where she worked with estate and trust planning, investments, and banking administration. 

Amelia devotes significant time to serving non-profit organizations, both inside and outside the legal profession, and has years of involvement with board governance, charitable giving, and event management.  She serves on the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors and is a Past President of the Fayette County Bar Association and the Junior League of Lexington.  She also previously served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and IOLTA Fund, which is the statewide charitable arm of the Kentucky Bar Association.  Combined with her other professional endeavors and undergraduate studies in accounting, that service has equipped Amelia to provide valuable advice to both for-profit and non-profit entities.

For her many accomplishments, Amelia has earned a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished℠ Peer-Review Rating and a Kentucky SuperLawyers® Rising Star designation, and she was named Outstanding Young Lawyer by the Fayette County Bar Association, among other distinctions.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring:  Amelia offers skilled guidance in insolvency situations.  She counsels clients in reorganizations, liquidations, and out-of-court workouts, including debtors and creditors in chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13 bankruptcy cases.  Her clients have included banks, credit unions, and other lenders, physicians, marinas, hemp companies, trucking companies, manufacturers, coal operators, cattle stockyards, commercial landlords, a gas jobber and convenience store operator, a clothing retailer, and a specialty shipping company.

Business Litigation:  Amelia advises clients regarding complex civil disputes and has represented parties in bankruptcy-related adversary proceedings and state and federal court litigation.  Although she is prepared to litigate matters to conclusion where doing so is advisable, Amelia understands that each client and matter involve unique considerations that could make employing alternative dispute resolution strategies more appropriate than continuing litigation, and she uses her training as a mediator to achieve negotiated resolutions.  She works with a team of trial attorneys at SKO that have earned the Firm recognition by Benchmark Litigation as a leading litigation firm in Kentucky.

Business Services:  Utilizing her background in accounting and financial restructuring, Amelia assists business clients with addressing operational concerns.  She reviews commercial contracts and leases, analyzes opportunities for clients to strengthen their positions, and negotiates resolutions when contractual disputes arise.  She also offers insight regarding board governance and best practices, effective internal and external corporate messaging, and non-profit administration.

Education
University of Kentucky College of Law
2009, J.D.
Transylvania University
2006, B.A. in Accounting, cum laude
Admissions
Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
Pro Hac Vice: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
Pro Hac Vice: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Tennessee
Pro Hac Vice: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio
Pro Hac Vice: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
Pro Hac Vice: U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished℠ Peer Review Rating, 2013-2022
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star® Honoree, 2021-2022
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Transylvania University, 2016
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Fayette County Bar Association, 2014
  • Rising Star Award, Lexington Young Professionals Association, 2014
  • Susan R. Anderson Award for service to the Bodley-Bullock House, Junior League of Lexington, 2014
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2011-2012
  • Betty Hoopes Volunteer Service Award, Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, 2011

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Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Fifth District Bar Governor, 2020-present
  • Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention Committee, Co-Chair 2021, member 2022
  • Fayette County Bar Association, President 2019-20, member 2009-present
  • Fayette County Bar Association Pro Bono Program, Board of Directors, 2019-present
  • Fayette County Women Lawyers’ Association, President 2013, member 2009-present
  • Central Kentucky American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2017-present
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2020
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019-2021
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Liaison to ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service, 2016-2018
  • Hearing & Speech Center, Board of Directors, 2022-present
  • Shriners Children’s Lexington Hospital, Corporate Council Representative, 2022-present
  • Junior League of Lexington, President 2014, member 2007-present
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Outreach & Involvement and Backpack Buddies, 2019-present
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program, Financial Literacy Instructor, 2008-2019
  • American Cancer Society, Belles & Beaus Gala Committee, 2015
  • Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, Antiques & Garden Show and deTours Committees, 2007-2012
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Work Highlights

Creditor Representation in Business Bankruptcy

In re BHCosmetics Holdings, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Del. 2022):  Represents principal secured creditor in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of cosmetics companies, including in 11 U.S.C. § 363 sales

 

In re White Stallion Energy, LLC, et al(Bankr. D. Del. 2020):  Represents equipment lessor and secured creditor in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining companies

 

In re Murray Metallurgical Coal Holdings, LLC, et al. (Bankr S.D. Ohio 2020):  Represented mechanic’s lienholder in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining entities and related adversary proceeding

 

In re Hopedale Mining, LLC, et al. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2020):  Represents secured creditor and equipment lessor in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining companies

 

In re Exide Holdings, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Del. 2020):  Represented supplier and preference defendant in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of battery manufacturer and related adversary proceeding

 

In re OGGUSA, Inc. (f/k/a GenCanna Global USA, Inc.), et al. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2020):  Represented contract counterparty and administrative claimant in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of agriculture company primarily engaged in hemp production

 

In re Shiloh Industries, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Del. 2020):  Represented equipment lessor in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of motor vehicle component manufacturers, including in 11 U.S.C. § 363 sale and related lease assumption process

 

In re BJ Services, LLC, et al. (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2020):  Represented trade creditor and member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of hydraulic fracturing and cementing providers

 

In re Americore Holdings, LLC, et al. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2020):  Represented principal secured creditor in multi-hospital chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, including in 11 U.S.C. § 363 sale

 

In re Eastern Livestock Co., LLC, et al. (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014):  Represented multiple livestock markets as creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, as defendants in adversary proceedings alleging preferential and fraudulent transfers, and as plaintiffs in related state and federal court civil litigation against secured creditor

Mechanic’s Lien Litigation

Murray Metallurgical Holdings, LLC, et al. v. AHR Metals, Inc., et al. (Bankr S.D. Ohio 2021):  Achieved negotiated resolution for mechanic’s lienholder in adversary proceeding regarding nature, extent, and priority of lien asserted in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining entities

Business Contract Analysis

Completed comprehensive review and revision of purchase and supply agreements for large automotive parts manufacturing company client to provide increased protections and bargaining power

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News Publications Seminars

    

     Serving the Bluegrass:  Strategies for Operating a Healthy Kentucky Nonprofit Organization, Greater Lexington Paralegals
     Association, Presenter, 2021

     Bankruptcy Basics:  Spotting Common Landmines and Mitigating Preferential Payments, ALFA International, Panelist, 2021

     A Glimpse into Representing a Professional Sports Franchise, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Moderator, 
     2021

     Overcoming Perfectionism in the Legal Profession, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Moderator, 2021

     Health & Wellness for Kentucky Lawyers, Kentucky Bar Association, CLE, Presenter, 2021

     Overcoming Perfectionism in the Legal Profession, Kentucky Bar Association, Moderator, 2021 

     Anatomy of a Bankruptcy Case:  Practical Considerations for In-House Counsel, "SKO U" CLE, Presenter, 2021

     Fiduciary Duties, Financial Stewardship, & Leadership, Junior League of Lexington Board Orientation, 2020

     Women, Law & Leadership, Fayette County Women Lawyers’ Association, 2019

     But I Need To Get It In, Judge! Evidentiary Issues in Bankruptcy, 19th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute,
     UK/CLE, 2019

     Introduction to the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund, Kentucky Bar Association New Lawyers
     Program, 2016

     Introduction to the Kentucky Bar Foundation, Kentucky Law Updates, 2015

     Collection Law from Start to Finish: Pre-bankruptcy Workout Strategies, National Business Institute Seminar, 2014

     Landlords and Tenants in Bankruptcy, Sterling Education Law Seminar, 2012

     Landlord-Tenant Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Sterling Education Law Seminars, 2010 and 2011