Taft A. McKinstry

Taft A. McKinstry

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Taft A. McKinstry is Managing Member of the firm and chair of the firm’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy, Collections, and Creditors’ Rights Groups. With sophisticated experience built on more than 50 years of practice, Ms. McKinstry is known for finding successful solutions to highly complicated commercial, bankruptcy and litigation matters and effective debt collections and foreclosures.

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, and service on the Chapter 7 Trustee Panel for Kentucky’s Eastern District. 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.

In 2017, Ms. McKinstry was inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame. KBA Conference The Hall of Fame was established to acknowledge graduates and long-serving faculty of the college whose extraordinary professional success and contributions, profound positive influence on the College of Law, and high degree of character and integrity are recognized by their peers. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the UK Law Alumni Association.

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University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D. – 1972; Kentucky Law Journal

University of Kentucky, B.A. Bachelor of Arts – 1969; Recipient, Sullivan Medallion, Outstanding Graduating Women


U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Professional Associations

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow inducted 1994, Board of Governors, 2018-2022, Secretary 2018-2020, Sixth Circuit Regent, 2016-2018, National Events Chair, 2006-2009, Sixth Circuit Council, 2002-2007

Commerce Lexington, Board of Directors, 2013-2018; General Counsel, 2013-2014

Kentucky Bar Association – Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair, 2009-2010

Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1982-1984, Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1974-1975, Secretary, 1973-1794, 1982-1984


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating* Bar Register of Preeminient Woman Lawyers; Bankruptcy, 2011-Present

Best Lawyers in America, 1994-Present

Super Lawyers; Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2007- Present

Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky 2011-Present

University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Hall of Fame – Inducted 2017

Lawyer of the Year, Lexington, 2012 Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation – Bankruptcy

Kentucky Monthly, Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky, 2015-2016

Corporate INTL – Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire Award, 2014-2015

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2014 – Present

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