Liz Thompson's practice focuses on creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and business litigation. She represents lenders with respect to real estate loans, securitized loans, and asset-based lender credit. Works with secured lenders in protecting and recovering their collateral whether through workout and forbearance, self-help remedies, state or federal court litigation, or bankruptcy proceedings. Assists secured and unsecured creditors, debtor in possession lenders, landlords, utilities and purchasers of assets in both complex commercial bankruptcies as well as large and small individual Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 cases. Represents plaintiffs and defendants in preference actions nationally, fraudulent conveyance actions, claim objections, breach of fiduciary duty investigations, and any other contested or litigation matters in bankruptcy court
She represents equipment and agricultural lenders in state court replevin and collection matters; and as secured creditors in Bankruptcy Court. Represents parties in litigation, including lender liability, mortgage litigation, landlord claims and other litigation. Represents secured creditors, sureties, suppliers, substantial claimants, contractors, landlords, purchasers of assets, creditors' committees and debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Helps asset managers and investment funds identify and purchase commercial and industrial ("C&I") and commercial real estate ("CRE") credit facilities and assists with loan acquisitions and note buying.
Ms. Thompson has extensive trial experience before state and federal judges in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She also frequently litigates evidentiary hearings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in adversary proceedings and contested matters.
Her recent engagements include representing secured creditors and sureties in mining company Chapter 11 cases nationwide, representing suppliers in the Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC and PG&E Chapter 11 Bankruptcies, and representing purchasers of assets in Chapter 11 cases including hospitals.
She joined the firm in 1995, previously served on its Management Committee, is head of its Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group.
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Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Service Group, Chair
Management Committee, Past Member
Northern Kentucky University, Board of Regents, 2010-16
Central Kentucky International Womens' Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Board
Women Leading Kentucky Advisory Board
Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2004
Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary parish, Member
Catholic Action Center, Volunteer
Liz was Shareholder and Vice President of the Lexington office of a commercial law firm. She managed that office and served as senior litigation attorney.
Liz and her husband, J.D. enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren, playing tennis, and vacationing in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Frankfort, Michigan.
Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law (2007-20)
Best Lawyers in America®, Lexington Area Lawyer of the Year for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018)
The University of Kentucky Law Alumni Association, Professional Achievement Award (2009)
Certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.
Presentation by Liz Thompson, Ian Ramsey and Sarah Spurlock.