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Lea Pauley Goff

Member, Louisville

Lea practices principally from SKO's Louisville office, focusing on insolvency matters and commercial litigation. She chairs the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice and serves as co-chair of the Banking Litigation practice. Lea focuses her practice on 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.

Lea has extensive experience in business bankruptcy and general commercial litigation including representation of creditors and debtors in industries including healthcare, construction, manufacturing, automotive, retail, mining, entertainment, restaurant, equine and others in and out of court.

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:

  • In re U.S. Cavalry, Inc. and In re Cavalry Security Group, LLC (represents principal secured lender)
  • In re 3D Resorts, LLC (represented property owners' association)
  • In re Lee and JoAnn Coleman (represented guaranty creditor)
  • In re Weikel (represents principal secured lender)
  • In re Patriot Coal (represented utility and contract creditor)
  • In re Shreibman (represented largest secured lender in $60 million individual Chapter 11)
  • In re Prajna, Inc., Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky (represented principal warehouse mortgage lender)
  • In re Jockeys' Guild, Inc., Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky (represented debtor-in-possession, confirmed plan of reorganization)
  • In re Black Diamond Mining Co., et al., Bankruptcy Court, E.D. Ky (represented secured lender on supply contract letters credit and reclamation bonding)
  • In re Chrysler, et al., Bankruptcy Court., S.D.N.Y. (represented active supplier on post-petition credit relationship issues)
  • In re Tower Automotive, et al., (Bankr. S.D.NY) (represented supplier in defense of major preference actions)
Vanderbilt University Law School
1985, J.D.
University of Louisville
1982, B.A.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, Louisville, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 2014-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation,Top 250 Women in Litigation,  Bankruptcy Litigation, 2014-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Bankruptcy; General Commercial, 2012-2017
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy Law, 2012-2014, 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Law/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, Business Litigation
  • Top 25 Women Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2012-2016
  • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2015-2016
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  • American Bar Association, member
  • Louisville Bar Association, member; Bankruptcy Section Chair, 2010
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, member
  • Kentucky Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Division
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program
  • Stage One Family Theatre, board member
  • St. John Lutheran Church, volunteer
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Work Highlights

Lender Liability Defense

Represented a Kentucky community bank in defense of a borrower’s claims related to his investment with another borrower. The bank won summary judgment on all claims.

Related Practices: Banking, Banking Litigation

Lender Liability Defense/Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Obtained summary judgment from an Indiana federal court dismissing a lender liability action against a major regional bank and obtained dismissal of the borrower’s Chapter 11.

Related Practices: Banking, Banking Litigation

Commercial Foreclosure

Represented major regional banks and community banks in foreclosures of office buildings, shopping centers, golf courses, subdivision property, multi-family residential properties, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and others.

News Publications Seminars
Bankruptcy Update, Kentucky Bankers Association Legal Issues for Financial Institutions Conference, annually
Bankruptcy Update, Louisville Bar Association Seminar, 2012
SKO Corporate Seminar, 2009