Lea chairs the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice and serves as co-chair of the Banking Litigation practice. She is a member of the SKO Board of Directors. She practices principally from SKO's Louisville office, focusing on business insolvency matters and commercial litigation. Lea’s practice includes business bankruptcy and restructuring, informal liquidations, commercial foreclosures, conduit loan issues, lender liability matters, loan participation disputes, and other credit facility disputes and commercial litigation in Kentucky and around the United States. She assists creditors and debtors in industries including energy, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, automotive, retail, mining, entertainment, restaurant, equine and others.
Lea is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and ranked among the nation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation.
Recent representative engagements include:
Thirty years in the insolvency arena gives me the long view in solving client credit problems. I most enjoy preventing and working through business credit challenges. However, I am regularly in court and have cross-examined witnesses on an hour’s notice in first day motion hearings. Bankruptcy is important. Every society must have a system for dealing with financial failure -- business or personal. A system that is too lenient emboldens the reckless and the greedy. A system that is too punitive chills entrepreneurism. It is important to get it right.
Insolvency and Workout Update for Bank Counsel, UK/CLE Financial Institutions Conference, 2021
Bankruptcy and Workout Developments for Financial Institutions Counsel, UK/CLE Financial Institutions Conference, 2019
Lender Liability Claims: Preventing & Prevailing on Them, Presenter, 2019
If You Don't Get Paid, You May As Well Stay At Home, Association of Corporate Counsel, Speaker, 2019
Bankruptcy Remote Entities - Are They Really?, American Bar Association, 2018
Lender Liability Claims: Preventing & Prevailing On Them (multiple presentations)
Bankruptcy Update, Kentucky Bankers Association Legal Issues for Financial Institutions Conference, annually, through 2017
Bankruptcy Update, Louisville Bar Association Seminar, 2012
SKO Corporate Seminar, 2009