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Brian H. Meldrum

Brian H. Meldrum

Brian H. Meldrum is based in the firm's Louisville office, and his practice focuses on creditors' rights, commercial foreclosure, corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, business and commercial litigation, and complex judgment enforcement and collection. Brian represents lenders, trade creditors, franchisors, landlords, creditors' committees, examiners and bankruptcy trustees and preference and fraudulent transfer defendants in large or complex bankruptcy matters. In addition, Mr. Meldrum represents corporate clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts around the country.

Brian founded, edits and contributes to Creditors' Sidebar, a legal blog focused on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. 

Recent Assignments

  • Representing lenders in Chapter 12 bankruptcies and distressed agricultural loan workouts
  • Representing directors and officers in fiduciary-duty litigation in coal company Chapter 11
  • Representing official committee of unsecured creditors in In re New Horizons Health Systems, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Ky.)
  • Represented largest creditor in Chapter 9 bankruptcy In re City of Hillview, Kentucky (Bankr. W.D. Ky.) and first-chaired eligibility trial on behalf of client
  • Represented successful asset purchaser in coal company bankruptcy In re Licking River Mining LLC (Bankr. E.D. Ky.), including first-chairing contested evidentiary section 363 sale hearing
  • Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in In re Integrity Feeds, LLC (Bankr. W.D. Ky.)
  • Represented senior secured creditor in workout and subsequent Chapter 11 of ice-cream manufacturer Dippin' Dots, Inc., resulting in successful 363 sale
  • Represented CMBS Special Servicer, first-chaired confirmation hearing and defeated debtor's cram-down plan of reorganization
  • Represented franchisor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of 26-store restaurant chain
  • Representing lender, first-chaired and won trial to avoid a fraudulent transfer made by a guarantor
  • Won pro bono asylum trial for Mauritanian refugee client persecuted for her political opinion and religious beliefs

What Clients Say

. . . is one of the finest bankruptcy lawyers in the country . . . gifted with superb analytical skills, writing ability and oral advocacy.
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
. . . is one of the finest lawyers to appear in my court.
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review

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Before Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining the firm, Brian practiced for seven years at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and is presently learning to play the banjo. 

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2015-18)

Best Lawyers in America®, Louisville Area Lawyer of the Year for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2017)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-18)

Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers, Bankruptcy Law (2016)