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Keith J. Larson
Louisville, Kentucky
phone (502) 371-3523
fax (502) 371-9223
email larson@derbycitylaw.com

Keith J. Larson is a member of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group. He represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, equity interest holders, bankruptcy trustees, and acquirers of troubled businesses in a wide variety of bankruptcy and workout matters. Keith has briefed and argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits as well as in state appellate courts, including issues of first impression. Keith has also tried numerous bench and jury trials, and has extensive experience litigating adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court.

While attending law school, Keith served as the Deputy Congressional Campaign Manager and Communications Director for John Sarbanes for Congress 2006 and later as a legal extern for United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski. Upon graduation, he worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Sean D. Wallace in Maryland.

Keith writes and lectures on issues in consumer and business bankruptcy. He is an associate editor of the ABI Journal. In 2017, Keith was recognized by Louisville Business First as 20 People to Know in the Law.

Keith is the supervising and hiring attorney for the firm’s summer associate and law clerk program.

Publications and Presentations
Thorny Issues in Consumer Cases, book chapter, Am. Bankr. Inst. (Dec. 2020)
Republican Revolutionaries and Tea Party Patriots: A Public Choice Analysis of Congressional Term Limits, 86 St. John’s L. Rev. 761 (2012) (available at https://scholarship.law.stjohns.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5561&context=lawreview )

The Senate Hold: Preliminary Evidence from the Baker Years (with Congressman Daniel Lipinski and Dr. C. Lawrence Evans, cited in WALTER J. OLESZEK, Congressional Procedures & the Policy Process (2004))

What’s the Matter with Delaware? An Analysis of the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2018, Louisville Bar Briefs (2018)

Midland Funding v. Johnson: Pitting the Bankruptcy Code against the FDCPA?, Louisville Bar Briefs (2017)

The Debtor’s Dissent: A Brief Review of Justice Scalia’s Bankruptcy Opinions, Louisville Bar Briefs (2016)

Congress: Resolve Split on Ch. 7 Substantial Contribution Claims, 35-4 ABIJ 20 (2016)

Does Credit that Diminishes the Estate Qualify as New Value?, 34-7 ABIJ 16 (2015)

The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014: Cure or Misdiagnosis?, Am. Bankr. Inst. Legis. Comm. (2014)

Bankruptcy or Bailout? Senators Seek to Replace Title II of Dodd–Frank with a New Bankruptcy Chapter 14, Am. Bankr. Inst. Legis. Comm. (2014)

Early–Intervention Contacts and the Automatic Stay: CFPB Reconciles Conflict Between RESPA Rule and the Bankruptcy Code, Am. Bankr. Inst. Legis. Comm. (2014)

The Protecting Employees & Retirees in Municipal Bankruptcies Act, Am. Bankr. Inst. Legis. Comm. (2014)

The Evolving Role of the Chapter 7 and Subchapter V Bankruptcy Trustees During COVID and Beyond, presented at and wrote materials for continuing legal education seminar hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute (Dec. 1, 2020)

Business Planning During and After the Covid-19 Crisis, presented at and wrote materials for seminar hosted by Argent Trust Company for over one hundred lawyers, accountants, and financial planners (Jun. 3, 2020)

Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of the “New” Subchapter V Small Business Chapter 11, organized panel of lawyers and judges to present at continuing legal education seminar hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute (May 7, 2020)

Advanced Bankruptcy Discharge Issues, presented at and wrote materials and slides for continuing legal education seminar hosted by Legal Aid (Sep. 13, 2019)

The Intersection of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA: the CFPB’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, presented at and wrote materials for continuing legal education seminar hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute (Jul. 30, 2019)

Bankruptcy Venue Reform: Will it happen? Should it happen?, Louisville Bar Association Bankruptcy Section (Aug. 11, 2018) (moderator and panel organizer)

Section 1111(b) and Credit Bidding Issues, presented and wrote materials for Barbara A. Everly Advanced Procedures Bankruptcy Seminar (July 2014)
Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective,presented at and wrote materials and slides for a three-hour continuing legal edcucation seminar hosted by the National Business Insitute (Dec. 2014)

Professional Services
Associate Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, 2018–present

Leadership Team, Louisville Chapter of Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), 2015-present

Special Projects Leader, American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, May 2019–present

Chair, Louisville Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, 2017–2018

Volunteer Judge, Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Qualifying Tournament Hosted by Bellarmine University (2015-present)

Volunteer Judge, University of Louisville Br /andeis School of Law Oral Advocacy Competition, 2017

Member, Kentucky Bar Association, 2015-present

Louisville Business First, 20 People to Know in the Law, 2017

Member, Leadership Louisville, 2016

National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2010

Volunteer Activities
President, Louisville Forum, member since 2016; president since Mar. 2021

Chair of the Board of Directors, Shively Area Ministries, member since 2017; president since Apr. 2021

Admissions and Courts
U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
University of Maryland School of Law, 2008
Awarded Certificate of Concentration in Health Law

The College of William and Mary, Virginia, 2003
B.A. Government with High Honors

Bankruptcy Reorganization
Financial Restructuring
Commercial Litigation and Appeals
Education Law
Municipal Law

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