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Kelley A. Cornish

Tel: +1-212-373-3493
Fax: +1-212-492-0493

Tel: +1-212-373-3493
New York

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
Fax: +1-212-492-0493

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Kelley Cornish is a partner in the Restructuring Department and a member of firm Management. Kelley represents the full range of participants in bankruptcy cases and corporate restructurings-debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, official and unofficial committees, and acquirers of distressed assets. She also has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation, including bankruptcy-related litigation involving fraudulent transfers, preferences and equitable subordination. Kelley’s recent company representations include Diamond Sports Group, Great Expressions Dental, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Ryze Renewables, Westmoreland Mining, Sears, Bumble Bee Foods, Alorica, Jack Cooper Ventures, Triangle Petroleum, The Bon-Ton Stores, Performance Sports Group, Foresight Energy, Walter Energy and AbitibiBowater (now known as Resolute Forest Products). She also represents acquirers in bankruptcy-related M&A transactions, including SPARC Group in the acquisitions of Brooks Brothers and Lucky Apparel. Kelley also has extensive creditor-side experience, including representing ad hoc groups in the restructurings of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company, Allen Systems Group and Winn Dixie, and strategic creditors to the City of Detroit and Howrey LLP.

Awards and Recognitions

Kelley holds leadership roles in a number of industry organizations. She was recently appointed Regent for the Second Circuit of the prestigious American College of Bankruptcy’s Board of Regents, where she will lead the process to elect Fellows in the Second Circuit to the ACB over her three-year term. She is also a Second Circuit Representative to the ACB’s Select Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, Kelley is the Vice Chair of the Board of Her Justice, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that provides free legal help to women living in poverty, and is a member of the Boards of Lambda Legal, an American civil rights organization that focuses on LGBTQ causes, the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and The Trinity School, a leading private school in NYC. Kelley has also been honored by CitizensNYC, a charity that provides direct cash grants for neighborhood-led projects and neighborhood businesses that improve the quality of life in New York City, at their annual fundraiser for her efforts to support the local community. Kelley is a member of the New York State and New York City Bar Associations; the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Kelley is an industry trailblazer and is consistently recognized by Chambers, The Legal 500, Lawdragon, The Best Lawyers in America, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer. For her extraordinary work, Kelley will soon be inducted into the “Turnaround, Restructuring, and Distressed Investing Industry Hall of Fame” by the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) in recognition of her achievements. Kelley has also been specifically recognized for her client work, and was named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group. Her representation of the restructuring subcommittee for the board of directors in Sears’ chapter 11 case was named IFLR’s 2020 "Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency."  Her work on the restructuring of Performance Sports Group was recognized by M&A Advisor as “Restructuring of the Year ($500M-$1B),” and by Turnaround Management Association (TMA) as its 2018 “Transaction of the Year: Large Company.” Clients in Chambers praise Kelley as “someone you want on your side when the stakes are high,” and note that “what separates her from others is her ability to manage the human side of a restructuring with equal mastery as the business side.”

Crain’s New York Business included Kelley on their 2021 “Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives” list, which recognizes LGBTQ-identifying leaders for their career achievements, mentorship of others, and involvement in community and industry organizations. Previously, Her Justice named Kelley their 2018 Woman of the Year in Restructuring. Kelley was also named the 2017 Woman of the Year in Restructuring by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the premier international networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industry.


Consumer and Retail

  • Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, a chain of double drive-thru restaurants, in a recapitalization with its lenders which reduced its long-term funded debt from approximately $300 million to $75 million. Checkers also received an additional $25 million in new debt financing commitments to fund the company's store remodeling program and other growth initiatives
  • Bumble Bee Foods, one of the world’s largest branded shelf-stable seafood providers, and its affiliates, as lead U.S. counsel in the successful going-concern sale of its businesses for $928 million through coordinated chapter 11 cases and Canadian restructuring proceedings
  • Alorica, a global leader in customer experience solutions, in a $750 million out-of-court refinancing involving the issuance of preferred equity and debt
  • The Restructuring Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors of Sears, a leading retailer in the appliance, tool, lawn and garden, fitness equipment, automotive repair and maintenance retail sectors, in the company’s chapter 11 cases, including the investigation of potential claims and causes of action in related party transactions and the court-approved $5.2 billion sale of assets
  • The Bon-Ton Stores, a national department store retailer, in its chapter 11 cases in Delaware, including the sale of substantially all of its assets under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code
  • Performance Sports Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of sports equipment and apparel with products marketed under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK and EASTON brand names, among others, as U.S. counsel in its complex U.S. and Canadian bankruptcy cases, including the going concern sale of its business to a leading Canadian private investment firm
  • The Penn Traffic Company, a leading U.S. food retailer and wholesaler, in its chapter 11 restructuring, including related asset sales
  • London Fog Industries, a manufacturer and marketer of waterproof outwear and other apparel, in its chapter 11 restructuring
  • The Warnaco Group, a manufacturer and marketer of apparel, including Speedo/Authentic Fitness and Calvin Klein, in its chapter 11 restructuring


  • Ryze Renewables, a Las Vegas-based developer of a biofuels refinery, in its chapter 11 cases in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, including a court-supervised 363 asset sale process
  • Westmoreland Mining in its restructuring, which resulted in the reduction of its aggregate outstanding funded debt by over $300 million and the separation of WestMET, its ESG-focused platform, into a standalone company, WestMET Group Holdings
  • Triangle Petroleum, an independent energy holding company, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case in Delaware
  • Foresight Energy, a U.S. thermal coal producer and marketer, and its subsidiaries in an out-of-court restructuring of approximately $2 billion of secured and unsecured debt and a follow-on refinancing of more than $1.3 billion of outstanding indebtedness
  • Walter Energy, a leading producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry, in its U.S.-Canadian cross-border restructuring, including all aspects of its chapter 11 case, resulting in the discharge of over $4 billion of secured and unsecured debt and the going concern sale of the company’s core mining operations to its senior lenders

Manufacturing and Transportation

  • Jack Cooper Ventures, a leading provider of finished vehicle logistics in North America for new and used vehicles and diversified logistical services in select non-automotive markets, and 18 of its subsidiaries and affiliates, in their chapter 11 cases in the Northern District of Georgia
  • AbitibiBowater (now Resolute Forest Products), North America’s largest forest products company, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, as lead U.S. counsel in their complex cross-border cases in the U.S. and Canada involving the restructuring of more than $8 billion of prepetition indebtedness and raising $1.5 billion in exit financing
  • Progressive Moulded Products Limited, an auto parts manufacturer, and its affiliates, as lead U.S. counsel in the company’s U.S. and Canadian cross-border bankruptcy cases
  • American Remanufacturers, an auto parts remanufacturer, in its chapter 11 case


  • Diamond Sports Group, the nation’s largest owner of regional sports networks, in its chapter 11 cases filed in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. In connection with its filing, Diamond entered into a restructuring support agreement with the company’s creditors that would eliminate over $8 billion of its outstanding debt
  • Great Expressions Dental Centers, a leading dental services organization with over 300 dental centers in 9 states, in its comprehensive out-of-court recapitalization transaction that was supported by the company’s equity sponsor and secured lenders, resulting in a deleveraging of over $115 million of secured debt and a new money capital infusion of $40 million
  • The Collegiate Churches of New York, the oldest operating church in the U.S., in connection with its investment in a major commercial real estate development project in New York City


  • Citibank, in its capacity as agent and revolving lender, in the out-of-court restructuring of Rodan & Fields
  • Barrow Street Capital in restructuring its equity investment in Gulf Coast Healthcare, a Florida healthcare and nursing home provider, pursuant to a chapter 11 plan of liquidation in the District of Delaware
  • SPARC Group, a retail operator owned by Authentic Brands Group and Simon Property Group, in its going concern acquisition of the assets of Brooks Brothers, a New York-based apparel company, in the company’s chapter 11 case
  • SPARC Group, a retail operator owned by Authentic Brands Group and Simon Property Group, in its going concern acquisition of the assets of Lucky Brand Dungarees, a California-based designer and retailer of denim and apparel, in the company’s chapter 11 case
  • An ad hoc committee of PIK loan lenders to EB Holdings II, the parent company of Eco-Bat Technologies Limited, the world’s largest producer of lead and lead alloys in the restructuring of approximately $2.5 billion in funded debt obligations through the company’s prepackaged chapter 11 case
  • UBS AG, as secured creditor, in the City of Detroit’s chapter 9 case
  • The ad hoc committee of certain first lien senior secured creditors of Texas Competitive Electric Holdings Company, an electric utility provider, in the company’s chapter 11 case involving the restructuring of approximately $32 billion of secured and unsecured debt
  • An ad hoc committee of first and second lien secured creditors of Allen Systems Group, a provider of information technology management software solutions, in its prepackaged chapter 11 case
  • An ad hoc bondholder committee in the chapter 11 reorganization of Winn Dixie, a regional grocery and supermarket chain
  • The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of NorthWestern Corporation, a utility company, in the company’s chapter 11 restructuring
  • Citibank, as secured creditor, in the chapter 11 case of Howrey LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a secured lender in Olympia & York, a real estate company, in the company’s global in-court restructuring
  • A State of New York regulatory body in the chapter 11 case of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), operator of the Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack since 1955. NYRA emerged from chapter 11 following the resolution of a dispute over ownership of the racetracks and the granting of a new 25-year franchise to continue its operations

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