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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 commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. Mr. McEleney has experience working on complex litigation involving business disputes in a variety of fields and industries.

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. When this situation requires, however, he will not hesitate to litigate a case through trial and appeal.

Mr. McEleney regularly represents secured and unsecured creditors in United States Bankruptcy Courts and has litigated numerous bankruptcy matters to decision including a contested creditor’s plan, contested matters determining creditors’ debts, adversary proceedings disputing insiders’ debts and motions for relief from stay. Mr. McEleney also represents creditors in bankruptcy appeals.

Outside of bankruptcy, Mr. McEleney assists creditors negotiating workouts for matured or defaulted debts. Often, a negotiated workout will provide a better and more efficient recovery for a creditor and Mr. McEleney will creatively restructure deals utilizing forbearance agreements, new conditions, additional collateral, stipulated judgments and other appropriate tools designed to obtain a recovery and avoid protracted litigation.

Mr. McEleney frequently represents businesses and individuals in United States District Courts and Connecticut Superior Court regarding contract claims, foreclosures, business torts, partnership disputes, real estate disputes, manufacturing disputes, title insurance issues, unfair trade practices and replevins. He also represents and advises commercial landlords on leasing issues, evictions and collections. Mr. McEleney has tried multiple civil cases to verdict.

Mr. McEleney is on the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association, the Executive Committee 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, 2011-2017.

Mr. McEleney graduated from Boston College in 2004, achieving a bachelor’s degree in economics. Mr. McEleney received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, Connecticut, where he graduated with high honors in 2007. After graduation from law school, he joined UKS in 2007.

  • 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)
    Varsity Player, Water Polo

  • Hartford County Bar Association
    Board of Directors

  • Connecticut Bar Association
    Executive Committee, 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