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 the Firm’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 SKO, 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.
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
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
Completed comprehensive review and revision of purchase and supply agreements for large automotive parts manufacturing company client to provide increased protections and bargaining power
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,
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,
Introduction to the Kentucky Bar Foundation and Kentucky IOLTA Fund, Kentucky Bar Association New Lawyers
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