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Partner - Kathleen M. LaManna

Kathleen M. LaManna

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Katie LaManna is chair of the firm's Corporate Trust and Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice groups. She regularly represents her clients in commercial litigation, defaults, workouts, contract disputes, and other creditors' rights matters. She has extensive experience representing banks in their role as trustee, as fiduciaries for public and private debt, in connection with defaulted secured and unsecured financings and with leveraged leases. She has been actively involved in some of the largest Chapter 11 cases filed in the United States and represents creditors in bankruptcy reorganizations, liquidations and workouts in Connecticut, New York, Delaware and throughout the country. Katie has represented clients in major telecommunications, retail, health care, energy, and airline bankruptcies, including American Airlines, Inc., the Mesa Air Group, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc. and FLYi, Inc./Independence Air, Inc. 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.

Katie also represents clients in more general state and federal civil litigation matters relating to contract disputes, business litigation and commercial defaults, as well as in preference and avoidance actions in bankruptcy courts.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer®: Business Litigation (2014); Creditor Debtor Rights (2015-2017)
  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011)
  • 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)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2015)

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

  • Leadership Greater Hartford: Quest Class (2005)
  • The Cove Center for Grieving Children: Board of Directors (2004-2009); Advisory Board (2010-present)
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter, Board Member
  • Glastonbury Hartwell Girls Soccer Coach
  • Glastonbury Basketball Association Girls Youth Coach

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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