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Amelia M. Adams

Direct Phone: 859.231.3022

Amelia M. Adams

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.

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

Related Practices: Business Services

Business Contract and Tort Litigation

OGGUSA, Inc. (f/k/a GenCanna Global USA, Inc.), et al. v. Southern Tier Hemp, LLC (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2021):  Part of SKO team that achieved negotiated resolution for corporate defendant in multi-million-dollar business tort and contract action involving complex questions about jurisdictional limits

Corporate Communication Development

Crafted internal messaging for large manufacturing client, including emails, presentations, and documentation, and revised internal policies and procedures to incorporate related changes to employee benefits program

Related Practices: Business Services

Debtor Representation in Business Bankruptcy

In re Nurses’ Registry & Home Health Corp. and Nurses’ Registry & Home Health Corp. v. Burwell (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2015): Represented debtor-in-possession home health provider in chapter 11 bankruptcy case and related adversary proceeding concerning use of cash collateral

 

In re Licking River Mining, LLC, et al. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2015):  Represented debtors in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining companies

 

In re “Marina” (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2014):  Represented debtors in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of marina, restaurant, and lodging operator 

 

In re “Real Estate Company I” (Bankr. M.D. Tenn. 2013) and In re “Real Estate Company II” (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 2013):  Represented debtors in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of commercial real estate entities, including during contested evidentiary confirmation hearings

 

In re “Trucking Company” (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2013):  Represented debtor in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy case of trucking company

 

In re Lykins Enterprises, Inc., et al. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2011):  Represented debtors in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of fuel jobber and convenience store operator, including as plaintiffs in adversary proceeding concerning leases under 11 U.S.C. § 365

 

In re Treasure Isles, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2012):  Represented debtors in possession in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of restaurant operators

Preferential and Fraudulent Transfer Litigation

In re Exide Holdings, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Del. 2021):  Represented supplier and preference defendant in adversary proceeding related to chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of battery manufacturer

 

In re Eastern Livestock Co., LLC, et al. (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014):  Represented multiple livestock markets as defendants in adversary proceedings involving preferential and fraudulent transfer claims

 

In re Appalachian Fuels, LLC, et al. (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2011):  Represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of coal mining entities and as plaintiff in multiple adversary proceedings involving preferential and fraudulent transfer claims

Summary Judgment in Avoidance Action Litigation

Higgason v. Porter (In re New) (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2013):  Obtained summary judgment that chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee could not avoid an unrecorded land sale contract between non-debtor sellers and debtor purchasers

Summary Judgment in Debt Dischargeability Litigation

Dickinson v. Fister (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2010):  Obtained summary judgment on behalf of creditor that debtor’s debt to creditor was not dischargeable under the United States Bankruptcy Code

Representation of Potential Purchaser in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Represented potential purchaser in proposing competing plan of reorganization in chapter 11 bankruptcy case of hospitals in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana