Taft A. McKinstry

Taft A. McKinstry

Managing Member
Lexington, Kentucky

Taft A. McKinstry is Managing Member of the firm and chair of the firm's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Groups. With sophisticated experience
built on more than 40 years of practice, Ms. McKinstry is known for finding successful solutions to highly complicated commercial, bankruptcy and litigation matters.

She represents local and national clients in a variety of industries including insurance, heavy equipment, equine, coal, oil and gas production, retail and e-commerce. Ms.
McKinstry's appellate experience encompasses numerous published opinions, including cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. McKinstry's effective handling of difficult bankruptcy issues is built on her
years of experience including her appointment as Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky from 1972 to 1978, and service on the Chapter 7 Trustee Panel for Kentucky's Eastern District from 1978 to 1982. Ms. McKinstry was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy in 1994 and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1994.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1972
    • Law Review: Kentucky Law Journal
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1969
    • Honors: Recipient, Sullivan Medallion, Outstanding Graduating Women

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers; Bankruptcy, 2011 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1994-Present
  • Lawyer of the Year, Lexington, 2012 Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyer; Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights , 2007-2017 Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky, 2011 - 2017
  • Kentucky Monthly, Top 25 Woman Attorneys in Kentucky, 2015-2016
  • Corporate INTL - Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire Award, 2014-2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Bankruptcy, 6th Circuit Regent, 2916 - present Fellow inducted 1994 National Events Chair, 2006 - 2009 6th Circuit Administrative Counceil, 2002 - 2007, 6th Circuit Regent, 2016 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair, Bankruptcy Law Section 2009- - 2010
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1982 - 1984 Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1974 - 1975 Secretary, 1973 - 1974, 1982 - 1984
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2014 - Present