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Partner - Kathleen M. LaManna

Kathleen M. LaManna

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Katie LaManna has over twenty years of experience protecting and enforcing the rights of her creditor clients in defaults and commercial litigation matters.  She serves as long-standing Chair of the firm's Corporate Trust Practice Group and Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group. She is primarily focused on commercial defaults, including extensive experience in bankruptcy courts across the country, as well as in state, federal and appellate courts. 

Katie has wide-ranging experience representing banks in their role as corporate trustee, for public and private debt, in connection with defaulted secured and unsecured financings and with leveraged leases. She has been actively involved on behalf of her clients in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of all sizes, both reorganizations and liquidations, including cases in New York, Texas, Delaware, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and many other states, as well as in Canadian restructuring proceedings. Katie has represented clients in bankruptcies involving an array of industries, including major telecommunications, bank holding company, retail, health care, energy, entertainment and airline bankruptcies. She has represented her clients on numerous creditors' committees and has been actively involved in all stages of the Chapter 11 process, including the successful enforcement of claims and negotiation of plans of reorganization and liquidation through confirmation, as well as Debtor in Possession financing, exit financing and asset sales pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Katie also represents clients in more general state and federal civil litigation matters relating to contract disputes, business litigation and commercial defaults.  Her bankruptcy experience also includes the representation of clients in the defense of preference and other avoidance actions, as well as the assumption and rejection of executory contracts and commercial leases.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business Litigation (2014); Creditor Debtor Rights (2015-2020)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as one of the "500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers" (Lawdragon) (2020)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2015 - Present))
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 
  • 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal (2009)
  • Commissioner, Connecticut Superior Court Small Claims Division (1998-2003)
  • Associate Editor, University of Connecticut Insurance Law Review (1994-1995)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Litigation Section; Business Litigation Section; Commercial Litigation Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Hartford Association of Women Attorneys
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Turnaround Management Association

Community Involvement

  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter: Board Member and former President
  • The Cove Center for Grieving Children: Board of Directors (2004-2009); Advisory Board (2010-present)
  • Leadership Greater Hartford: Quest Class

Major Airline Bankruptcies

In several major U.S. airline Chapter 11 cases, represented national bank as trustee in connection with the financing of a significant number of debtors’ aircraft. Scope of representation included, among other things, representation of client as a member of unsecured creditors’ committees, prosecution and liquidation of billions of dollars of secured and unsecured claims to maximize recovery to bondholders, negotiation of critical legal issues and documentation concerning the restructuring of aircraft leases, loans and securitizations, and the management, foreclosure and sale of several aircraft.

Aviation Component Manufacturer Section 363 Sale

A team of business and bankruptcy lawyers successfully completed and closed a Section 363 Sale in a Chapter 11 case recently filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut for our client, AGC Incorporated, an aviation component manufacturer.  The Section 363 Sale, which was approved by the Bankruptcy Court in just 34 days, included the preparation and filing of the Chapter 11 case; a Motion to Approve Bidding Procedures; a Motion to Sell all of the assets of the Debtors’ companies to a Stalking Horse Bidder; the negotiating, preparation and obtaining of Bankruptcy Court approval of the Asset Purchase Agreement and related documents with the Stalking Horse Bidder; the negotiating and closing of the sale to a third party who bid more for all of the Debtors’ assets at an Auction; and extensive negotiations with secured and unsecured creditors regarding the distribution of the proceeds from the sale of the assets.

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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Boston College, B.A., 1992, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of NY
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of NY
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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