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Lea Pauley Goff

Member, Louisville

Lea chairs the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice and serves as co-chair of the Banking Litigation practice. She also serves on SKO’s Executive Committee. 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:

  • In re Armstrong Coal (2018) (represented Debtor’s largest customer concerning complex supply contract assumption and rejection in Chapter 11) (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • In re Arch Coal, Inc. (2017) (special counsel to Debtor and counsel to utility creditor in Chapter 11) (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • In re CRS Reprocessing, LLC (2017-18) (represented Chapter 11 Debtor in obtaining successful 363 sale) (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • In re Rosenbaum Feeder Cattle, LLC (2017-18) (represents Chapter 11 Debtors, with proposed plan pending) (Virginia)
  • In re CC Operations, LLC (2018) (represents equity holder in payment operation case) (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • In re The Roomstores of Phoenix (2018) (defending multinational manufacturer/distributor from bankruptcy preference claims) (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • In re hhgregg, Inc. (2018) (defended multinational manufacturer/distributor from bankruptcy preference claims (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • In re The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (2018) (represent supplier) (Delaware)
  • In re Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (2017-18) (defending national communications provider from bankruptcy preference action) (Delaware)
  • In re American Apparel, LLC (2017-18) (defending national communications provider from bankruptcy preference action) (Delaware)
  • Post Confirmation Committee of Integrity Feeds, LLC v. Lakeland Animal Nutrition (2015) (defended a multinational manufacturer against post-acquisition fraudulent conveyance claim) (Tampa, Florida)
  • In re Shreibman (2012) (represented largest secured lender in $60 million individual Chapter 11) (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • In re Prajna, Inc., Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky. (2009) (represented principal warehouse mortgage lender in mortgage fraud case) (Louisville, Kentucky)
  • In re Jockeys' Guild, Inc., Bankruptcy Court, W.D. Ky. (2007) (represented debtor-in-possession, confirmed plan of reorganization) (Louisville, Kentucky)
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School
1985, J.D.
University of Louisville
1982, B.A.
Admissions
Kentucky
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

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Benchmark Litigation,Top 250 Women in Litigation,  Bankruptcy Litigation, 2014 - 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Bankruptcy; General Commercial, 2012-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, 2014- present
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2012 - present
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Bankruptcy Law, 2012-2014, 2016
  • 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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Affiliations

  • 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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Meet Lea

Legal Practice

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.

News Publications Seminars

American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Remote Entities - Are They Really? (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)