Lee M. Kutner is a shareholder and director of KutnerBrinen, P.C. where his practice focuses on representing debtors, creditors and creditors’ committees in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases, business restructurings, and debtor and creditor rights litigation. He has considerable experience in the process of negotiating, drafting and confirming Chapter 11 plans and developing out of court workouts. He has also been involved in numerous receivership actions and debtor/creditor remedies including assignments for the benefit of creditors.
Mr. Kutner has successfully confirmed Chapter 11 plans of reorganization for a wide range of businesses and in complex cases for individuals. He successfully confirmed a plan in one of the largest Chapter 11 cases in Wyoming for a golf development and resort project. He established precedent setting law in the area of security interests in hotel room revenues in Chapter 11 cases that eventually led to amendments to the Bankruptcy Code. He has lectured on bankruptcy and business entity issues. Mr. Kutner has been involved in numerous real estate Chapter 11 cases including vacant land developments, office buildings, retail shopping centers, and resort, office, and retail projects. He has also appeared on behalf of clients in numerous bankruptcy courts including courts in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Texas, Michigan and Massachusetts.
Mr. Kutner received his law degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1980). He received his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan (1976).
Mr. Kutner was named a“Super Lawyer” for the years 2006-2016 in surveys of his Colorado peers by Law & Politics Media, Inc. and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America” publication. He holds the highest rating, "AV Preeminent", from Martindale Hubbel.
He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, American Bar Association, and Colorado Bar Association.
Selected Additional Professional Accomplishments:
Panelist- The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act of 2005 and Its Impact on Various Areas of Bankruptcy Practice (2005)
Moderator- Representing Family Owned and other Closely Held Businesses, ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference (2009)
Panelist- High IncomeIndividuals: Chapter 11 by and for the People, ABI 21st Annual Winter Leadership Conference (2009)
Panelist- Bankruptcy Practice After the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act of 2005, General Session, Chapter 11 Individual Debtor Cases (2005)
Panelist- Reorganizing a Small Business for the Mutual Benefit of Owners and Creditors: “Preventing the Process from Sinking the Ship” ABI Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference (2005)
Lecturer- Bankruptcy (IPI Seminars 2002- 2004)
Panelist- Recent Developments in Business Bankruptcy Law & Practice (1997)
American Bankruptcy Institute- Panelist- Individuals and Small Business in Chapter 11 and Associated Ethical Issues (2007)
Numerous additional speaking engagements on Chapter 11 and related topics
U.S. News and Best Lawyers– Best Law Firms
Bench-Bar Roundtable Facilitator, The Faculty of Federal Advocates
Panel Moderator, 2013, American Bankruptcy Institute, 31stAnnual Spring Meeting, The Individual Conundrum Chapter 7, 11, or 13? Alternatives For Individuals, Washington, D.C.
Panel Moderator, 2013 American Bankruptcy Institute, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Mastering The New Guidelines, Conflict and Employment Issues For Estate Professionals, Denver, Colorado
Panel Moderator, 2012 American Bankruptcy Institute, Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference, Cutting Through Current Issues in Chapter 11 Plans, Denver, Colorado
Speaker, 2015 National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Miami Beach, Florida