Hon. Brian F. Kenney, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Brian F. Kenney was sworn in on September 1, 2011. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell.
Judge Kenney was a principal in the Tysons Corner office of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., a 200-plus attorney firm with offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He represented creditors, debtors, and bankruptcy trustees in the Eastern District of Virginia, and elsewhere, since becoming a member of the Virginia State Bar in 1983. Judge Kenney also was certified as a business bankruptcy specialist by the American Board of Certification. He has served two terms as President of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, and served on its Board of Directors. Further, Judge Kenney had served two terms on the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar. Judge Kenney had served as an Alexandria Division representative on the Standing Committee on Local Bankruptcy Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Until his appointment, Judge Kenney served as a representative on the Eastern District of Virginia’s Alexandria Division Bankruptcy Bar Liaison Committee.
Judge Kenney is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He graduated in 1980 from Virginia Commonwealth University, magna cum laude, with a degree in political science. Judge Kenney graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1983.
A frequent lecturer on bankruptcy matters, Judge Kenney has been a presenter on continuing legal education panels for the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Virginia State Bar, and the Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization. He has published articles in the ABI Bankruptcy Journal, as well as in the Law News for the Virginia State Bar Bankruptcy Section.
Judge Kenney has been named as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine from 2006, through and including 2010.
Hon. Robert G. Mayer, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia / Alexandria
Hon. Robert G. Mayer graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1975. He clerked for the Virginia Supreme Court before returning to Northern Virginia where he practiced law until he was appointed to the bench. He represented debtors in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases, and was a member of the panel of Chapter 7 Trustees. Judge Mayer was appointed a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia on October 15, 1999.
Judge Mayer is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars.
Robert H. Chappell, III, Spotts Fain / Richmond
Robert's practice is focused in the areas of commercial bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights insolvency and business. He represents lenders in all facets of commercial credit transactions from origination to work-out and recovery. Recently he has assisted in the resolution of major credit issues involving real estate developments, condominium developments, title litigation, hotels and golf courses. He also provides counsel to local businesses.
Robert is a Director of Froehling & Robertson, Incorporated and a director of the Shirley Plantation Foundation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Bar Association and is a past Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association. He volunteers his time for various local charities, including the Hospital Hospitality House.
He has been chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights category and Virginia Business magazine's Legal Elite. He has also been named for several years in Virginia Super Lawyers.
From 1990 to 1991, Robert served as a law clerk to the Honorable Hal J. Bonney, Jr., a United States Bankruptcy Court Judge in Norfolk, Virginia. He earned a B.A. in English and History from the University of Virginia in 1987 and his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1990.
Sheila deLa Cruz, Hirschler Fleischer / Richmond
Sheila deLa Cruz received her Bachelor in Journalism from the University of Texas in 2000, and her J.D. from Syracuse University in 2003. During law school, Sheila worked as a television reporter for CBS 5 News in Syracuse, New York. Upon graduation in 2003, she practiced as a general commercial litigator in the Northern Virginia area. By 2006, Sheila began focusing her practice on issues relating to bankruptcy law and creditors' and debtors' rights. Sheila is now a partner at Hirschler Fleischer, P.C. and represents debtors and creditors in chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases, as well as in a variety of related liquidation, insolvency, reorganization, and litigation matters. She has been consistently recognized as a Rising Star among Virginia lawyers in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Sheila is admitted to practice in the U.S. District and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts and state courts for Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. She is also a member of various state and local bar associations in those states.
John T. Farnum, Wiley Rein / McLean
John T. Farnum is an attorney in Wiley Rein LLP’s Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Practice. He regularly represents all parties in bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency related matters. Mr. Farnum’s experience includes representation of debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees and financial institutions in bankruptcy proceedings, business restructurings, distressed asset sales and acquisitions and out-of-court workouts. Mr. Farnum also regularly represents parties in bankruptcy litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, claims litigation and disputes involving issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code.
Christopher A. Jones, Whiteford Taylor & Preston / Falls Church
Mr. Jones is a partner with Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP based in the Falls Church office. He specializes in all aspects of chapter 11 bankruptcy. He regularly represents businesses in their restructuring efforts and throughout their liquidation, serves as counsel to official committees in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and as represents bankruptcy trustees and liquidating agents in litigation matters. He serves on the Board of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association and is a past-President of the Association. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Bankruptcy Law Section for the Virginia State Bar and is on the VBA’s Bankruptcy Law Section Council. He is a 1992 graduate of Duke University and a 1996 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law.
Robert M. Marino, Redmon Peyton & Braswell / Alexandria
Robert M. Marino is a partner with the Alexandria law firm of Redmon Peyton & Braswell, LLP. Prior to 2007 he was counsel with Reed Smith, LLP. He received his J.D. in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in political science in 1983 from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. He is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Marino has had over twenty-seven years of experience representing debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, examiners and other parties in interest in a variety of corporate and individual bankruptcy cases. He also has substantial litigation experience in matters arising in the bankruptcy court. His experience also encompasses matters outside of bankruptcy, handling financial workouts and a variety of general creditors’ rights issues.
Mr. Marino is a current and long-standing Board Member and past-President of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is a Master in the Walter E. Chandler American Inn of Court. He has been annually selected by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the Legal Elite in the area of bankruptcy law since 2008.
Mr. Marino is an avid comic book collector, pop culture enthusiast and diehard baseball fan. He looks forward with great anticipation to watching his son pitch in college.
Jennifer M. McLemore, Christian & Barton / Richmond
Jennifer McLain McLemore is a partner at Christian & Barton, L.L.P., in Richmond, Virginia. She focuses her legal practice on advising banks, credit unions and a variety of business creditors in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters, and she represents bankruptcy trustees. Jennifer is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southeastern Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board, serves as the finance director for the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), and is a founder of the IWIRC-Virginia Network. In addition, she is chair of her firm's Client Development Committee, a member of the Junior League of Richmond, and mom to two young boys. Jennifer received her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
Christopher M. Mills, Wiley Rein / McLean
Christopher M. Mills is Of Counsel in Wiley Rein LLP’s Government Contracts and Litigation practices. He regularly represents government contractors and other clients in state and federal court, and before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) and the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). Mr. Mills also counsels and assists government contractors on transactional matters, including subcontracts, teaming agreements, and related transactions, and further assists government contractors with claims and equitable adjustments, intellectual property and data rights, compliance, and investigations.
Kenneth M. Misken, Miles & Stockbridge / Tysons Corner
Kenneth M. Misken has a wide range of experience in all aspects of bankruptcy matters and extensive experience in litigation in bankruptcy courts, representing corporate debtors and creditors’ committees in reorganization proceedings under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, and representing other creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings.
Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge, Ken served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. More recently, Ken was a lawyer in the Tysons Corner office of McGuireWoods LLP. Ken was named a Virginia Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2009 to 2011. He has published extensively in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and he has been a frequent speaker at bankruptcy-related seminars. Ken sits on the Executive Board of the Walter Chandler Inn of Court, which focuses on the practice of bankruptcy law. The Inn represents a broad spectrum of members of the bench, the bar and local law school students sharing an interest in creditor's and debtor's rights.
Ken received his J.D. from the William H. Bowen School of Law of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He has an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and he holds a B.S. degree from Georgia Southern University. Ken was a medic while serving in the United States Army from 1992-1997. He currently represents veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on a pro bono basis.
Christopher L. Rogan, RoganMillerZimmerman / Leesburg
Chris Rogan has been practicing bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights and commercial law for almost 25 years, since receiving his J.D., with distinction, from George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, in 1989. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Barrington College in Rhode Island and studied architecture at Maryland University, prior to attending law school. Chris is a member of the Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia bars and practices in all three jurisdictions.
Chris’ practice focuses on all aspects of individual and business bankruptcy law as well as commercial transactions and litigation. He holds AV and Preeminent ratings from Martindale Hubbell and has been named as one of America’s Best Lawyers, in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, for the last 9 years.
Chris practiced with a Tysons Corner firm for many years, before moving his practice to Loudoun County in 2006. He has also served as in-house counsel to a Northern Virginia technology company, overseeing all aspects of the company’s legal affairs and strategy, including software development, licensing and sales, alliance and joint venture agreements, employment matters, corporate formation and governance, investor relations, and collections and debt restructuring.
Chris resides in Waterford, Virginia together with his wife and their five children.
Robert S. Westermann, Hirschler Fleischer / Richmond
Robert S. (Robbie) Westermann is Co-Chair of Hirschler Fleischer’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring, and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, and practices out of the firm’s offices in Richmond, Virginia. His practice focuses on bankruptcy law, creditors’ and debtors’ rights, and related general commercial litigation. He has represented debtors and trustees in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases across a broad spectrum of industries, and has represented creditors committees and all variety of creditors and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 cases throughout the United States, including lenders and other secured creditors, landlords, vendors, purchasers of assets, and officers and directors. A frequent author and speaker, Robbie currently serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Virginia State Bar. Robbie is a former Chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Richmond Bar Association, and is active in the American Bankruptcy Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1992 and his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1998. Following law school, Robbie clerked for the Honorable Blackwell N. Shelley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and practiced with the Bankruptcy Team at Hunton & Williams before joining Hirschler Fleischer in February of 2009.