Both litigator and dealmaker, Lauren Friend McKelvey is equally comfortable in the courtroom—litigating bankruptcy matters and other business disputes—and the boardroom—negotiating restructuring deals, acquisition agreements, and technology contracts.
With experience in both United States bankruptcy law and international insolvency issues, Lauren represents clients in all aspects of bankruptcy litigation and transactions, including bankruptcy asset sales, bankruptcy-related contract and licensing issues, Chapter 15 cross-border cases, and preference and fraudulent transfer litigation.
Lauren advises distressed businesses, assisting them in negotiating loan agreements, refinancing, workout and forbearance agreements, mergers and acquisitions, or Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations.
She also represents financially strong companies and banks that have dealings with distressed companies, see opportunities in acquiring distressed assets, or find themselves involved in bankruptcy litigation. Lauren has particular experience advising clients on the acquisition, protection, and licensing of software, patented inventions, and other technology assets. Her clients have included insurance companies, private equity funds, banks, Fortune 500 companies, and local businesses.
Lauren focuses her practice in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and has extensive experience operating in the Eastern District of Virginia’s (EDVA) “Rocket Docket” in both the Bankruptcy and District Courts. She has represented clients in over 180 cases in the EDVA Bankruptcy Court alone. Lauren has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Virginia and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).