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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, serving as the Chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditor’s rights group. 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 the 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 devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing commercial landlords and real estate developers regarding leasing issues, evictions and collections and real estate disputes. Mr. McEleney frequently represents businesses and individuals in United States District Courts and Connecticut Superior Court in a wide variety of contract claims, foreclosures, business torts, partnership disputes, manufacturing disputes, title insurance issues, unfair trade practices and replevins.

Mr. McEleney is the immediate Past President of the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association, and the Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. 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.

  • 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
    Past President 2022-2023

  • Connecticut Bar Association
    Chair, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

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

  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York
  • State of California
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U. S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit