William E. Kelleher Jr.

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1979
  • B.S. (Economics and Political Science), University of Pittsburgh, 1975

Bill chairs the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group. His practice concentrates on all aspects of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, financing transactions and commercial law, as well as litigation. He is also a member of the Firm’s Shareholders Council.

Focuses practice on:

  • Maximizing creditor recovery in Chapter 11 cases
  • Problem loan workouts, debt restructurings and turnarounds
  • Specialized collection matters
  • Foreclosures and replevin cases in both state and federal courts
  • Mechanics’ lien perfection and enforcement
  • Lender liability, fraud and other commercial litigation
  • Buying and selling troubled companies
  • Contract drafting and other preventative planning for creditors
  • Secured transactions, purchase money security interests and consignments
  • Achieved full recovery for otherwise unsecured creditor by perfecting mechanics’ lien subsequent to Chapter 11 filing by major hospital conglomerate, which initially paid unsecured creditors only a 5 percent dividend under its Chapter 11 plan
  • Obtained $10.5 million jury verdict (then largest jury award in Southern District of Indiana) for fraud and other claims against corporate borrower and its individual principal, and successfully defended and eliminated a $120 million counterclaim
  • On behalf of a large unsecured creditor, successfully pursued claim against corporate “directors and officers” insurance policy, notwithstanding Chapter 11 liquidation of insured corporation
  • Successfully defended at trial (with verdict affirmed by the Third Circuit) multimillion dollar lender liability claim against commercial finance lender that foreclosed and liquidated all of its collateral
  • Obtained substantial recovery, including cash and assignment of claims, for undersecured, subordinate creditor in Chapter 11 case of food and juice processor
  • Obtained dismissal of “bad faith” serial bankruptcy filing and an injunction against future bankruptcy filings of any type, which enabled lender client to continue mortgage foreclosure action and obtain full recovery of secured loan
  • On behalf of unsecured creditors’ committee, negotiated confirmed Chapter 11 plan that resulted in substantial recovery by unsecured creditors due to “substantive consolidation” of numerous entities and assets outside the bankruptcy estate
  • Member of Board of Directors of North Hills and North Boroughs YMCA
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Past Chair, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Past Adjunct Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Board Certified – Business Bankruptcy Law – American Board of Certification
  • Recognized by his peers as the Best Lawyers 2019 Pittsburgh Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • Co-Presenter, “Enhancing Your Credit and Collection Rights-Before and After Your Customer or Supplier Goes into Bankruptcy,” Cohen & Grigsby CLE Day, April 2018
  • Interviewed on television and in the print media regarding bankruptcy issues, including WPXI, The Wall Street Journal, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Business Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Detroit Free Press
  • Contributing author, West’s Bankruptcy Exemption Manual (Pennsylvania section)
  • “Increasing Profitability Through Better Collections”
  • Frequent author on various bankruptcy related topics, including Chapter 11, Executory Contracts, Litigating the Automatic Stay, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Perfecting the Consignment Arrangement