Welcome to Fowler Bell PLLC

Formerly, Fowler Measle & Bell PLLC

Fowler Bell’s attorneys are widely respected for their integrity, responsiveness and no-nonsense style. The firm continues to be highly sought after for our ability to handle complicated matters in an efficient, highly competent manner, since 1950. You want us on your side.

Taft A. McKinstry

Taft McKinstry

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Taft A. McKinstry, Managing Member

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 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 of the American College of Bankruptcy in 1994 and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1994.

Office Phone: 859.252.6700

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Taft A. McKinstry’s Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

Trustee Representation

Commercial Law

Commercial Litigation


Business Transactions


Taft A. McKinstry’s Full Biography

University of Kentucky College of Law

Juris Doctorate, 1972

Member, Kentucky Law Journal

University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics major, Business minor, 1969

Sullivan Medallion for Outstanding Graduating Woman


Supreme Court of the United States

Kentucky Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow, inducted 1994

National Events Chair, 2006-2009

6th Circuit Administrative Council, 2002-2007

American Bankruptcy Institute

Kentucky Bar Association

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


Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rating

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers; Bankruptcy, 2011-2013

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

Corporate INTL – Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire Award, 2014-2017

Community Involvement

University of Kentucky, College of Law Visiting Committee’s Membership Committee, 2011-2015

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)

Vice President of the Central Kentucky Network Chapter, 2014

Commerce Lexington Inc.

2013 Executive Board serving as General Counsel

National Association of Women Business Owners

Finalist for Woman Business Owner of the Year Award Lexington Kentucky Chapter, 2012

Sixth Circuit Merit Selection Panel

Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986, 2012

Kentucky Bar Association

2011 Continuing Legal Education Award

University of Kentucky, College of Law, Dean Selection Committee

Alumnae Interviewer, 2009

Kentucky Bar Association, Judicial Nominating Committee

Fayette Circuit and District Courts, 2000-2004

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Personnel

Professional Examining Board for Oral Interviewing for Corporate Counsel, II, 1993

Presentations & Publications

Mid-West Regional Bankruptcy Seminar – “CREDIT BIDDING – SECURED CREDITORS BEWARE!

Kentucky Bar Association, KY Law Update, “Some Bankruptcy Related Topics of Interest to the General Practitioner.”

American College of Bankruptcy “Asset Sales, Credit Bids and Cramdown after Philadelphia Newspapers.”

International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Bankruptcy Webinar, “Doing Business with Chapter 11 Debtors.”

University of Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education, 12th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, “Ethical Issues and Fee Applications.”

Kentucky Bar Association, Annual Convention, “Electronic Case Filings and Associated Ethical Considerations.”

University of Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education, Consumer Bankruptcy Update, “Sales out of Ordinary Course of Business, Involuntary Petitions and Creditor’s Rights of Reclamation, Set-off, and Recoupment.”

Mid-West Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, “Pre-Packaged v. Pre-Negotiated Chapter 11 Plan and Liquidating Chapter 11 Cases.”

University of Kentucky Continuing Legal Education, 9th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, “Professional Compensation and Disclosure Issues: Compensation: It can be Dangerous to your Pocketbook.”

University of Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education, 7th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Mid-West/Mid-South Bankruptcy Institute, “Professional Compensation and Ethics Issues.”

Kentucky Bar Association, Annual Convention, “Hot Topics and Emerging Issues in Commercial Bankruptcy: Scenarios in Round Table Discussion.”

University of Kentucky, Continuing Legal Education, Commercial Law Seminar, “Creditors Remedies Upon Default.”

National Business Institute, “Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy Chapter 11 Proceedings.”

Kentucky Paralegal Association, State Convention, “Filing the Chapter 7 Petition.”

Bank One, Lexington, “Security Interest in Personal Property” Outline, “Procedures for Loans Secured by Personal Property.”

Forms Published, Colliers Bankruptcy Forms

Forms Published, University of Kentucky Continuing Legal Education Bankruptcy Law Seminar.