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Kevin J. McEleney

Shareholder, Hartford

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Kathleen Gauthier


Kevin J. McEleney is a Shareholder in UKS’ Hartford office, practicing in the areas of creditor’s rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Mr. McEleney couples his depth of technical knowledge in commercial law and bankruptcy with a passion for trial litigation. Combining these skillsets, Mr. McEleney endeavors to provide practical, business oriented advice to his clients in a cost effective manner.

Mr. McEleney regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in United States Bankruptcy Courts. He has litigated a wide variety of contested bankruptcy matters to judgment, including confirmation of a creditor’s plan, approval of complex § 363 sales, determination of creditors’ debts, adversary proceedings and motions for relief from stay. Mr. McEleney also represents creditors in bankruptcy appeals.

Outside of bankruptcy, Mr. McEleney assists creditors liquidating collateral using state law remedies such as foreclosure, replevin and secured party sales under the Uniform Commercial Code. Sometimes, a negotiated workout will provide a better and more efficient recovery for a client. Mr. McEleney will creatively restructure deals utilizing forbearance agreements, amendments, additional collateral, stipulated judgments, and other appropriate tools designed to maximize recovery and avoid protracted litigation.

Mr. McEleney has experience working on complex litigation involving business disputes in a variety of fields and industries. He frequently represents and advises commercial landlords on leasing issues, evictions and collections. Mr. McEleney works with shareholders and privately held companies to resolve shareholder and partnership disputes. Mr. McEleney represents businesses and individuals in United States District Courts and various state courts litigating contract claims, business torts, real estate disputes and business insurance claims. Mr. McEleney has tried numerous civil cases through verdict and appeal.

Mr. McEleney is the Treasurer of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section and is a co-chair of the Creditor’s Rights Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. He is a contributor to the pre-eminent treatise of Connecticut foreclosure law, Connecticut Foreclosures, by Denis R. Caron and Geoffrey K. Milne, Fifth and Sixth Editions, contributing to the chapter on bankruptcy law. Mr. McEleney was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Connecticut, 2011-2020.

  • J.D., high honors, University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut, 2007
    CALI Excellence Award for Performance in Business Organizations
    CALI Excellence Award for Performance in Trial Advocacy
    Notes & Comments Editor, Connecticut
    Insurance Law Journal
    Moot Court Board
    Mock Trial Society

  • B.A. Economics, Boston College, School of Arts and Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, 2004
    Golden Key Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon
    (Economics Honor Society)

  • Hartford County Bar Association

  • Connecticut Bar Association
    Secretary / Treasurer, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

  • American Bar Association
    Co-chair, Creditors’ Rights Litigation Subcommittee

  • State of Connecticut

  • State of New York

  • U. S. District Court, District of Connecticut

  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York

  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • State of California

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California