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Mackenzie L. Shea

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Ms. Shea, a partner in K&L Gates’ Boston office, concentrates her practice on matters of bankruptcy and insolvency. She has experience representing debtors, equity investors, creditor committees, secured lenders, trustees, and buyers in connection with out-of-court restructurings, chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and other insolvency proceedings.

Professional Background

Ms. Shea served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel B. Rosenthal (ret.) of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts. Ms. Shea joined K&L Gates in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate in the Boston office of a Northeast regional law firm, practicing in bankruptcy and insolvency.


In 2012, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges selected Ms. Shea as one of 40 up-and-coming bankruptcy practitioners from across the country for Class Year 2 of its Next Generation Program.

In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, Ms. Shea was named a “Rising Star” in the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights category of the New England Super Lawyers publication.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Past Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, 2012-2014
  • Past Co-chair, Boston Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, Young Lawyers Committee, 2009-2011

Speaking Engagements

  • “Business Panel: Asset Sales in Chapter 11,” Presented at the MCLE, 16th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference (November 2014).
  • “Update on Stern v. Marshall,” Presented at the Boston Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference (May 2013).
  • “Current Controversies in Bankruptcy Sales,” Presented at the American Bankruptcy Institute 17th Annual Northeast Conference (July 2010).
  • “Asset Sales in Chapter 11,” MCLE, 16th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference, November 2014.
  • “Realigning the Core After Stern v. Marshall: An Update on Bankruptcy Court Authority, Conundrums and Fixes,” Boston Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference, May 2013.
  • “Equity Sponsors Beware: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Issues a WARNing,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Part 1, Vol. XXX, No. 9, November 2011 and Part 2, Vol. XXX, No. 10, December/January 2012
  • “The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: General Growth’s Good Corporate Governance & Ugly Financial Situation Overcomes Dismissal of its Subsidiaries’ Bankruptcy Filings on Bad Faith Grounds” MCLE, 11th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference, 2009.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to Brookstone Holdings Corp. and its affiliates in their successful Chapter 11 reorganization in Delaware.
  • Court-appointed Examiner of UFood Restaurant Group, Inc. in its Chapter 11 case in Massachusetts.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to Landauer Healthcare Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates, a durable medical equipment supplier, in its Chapter 11 case in Delaware.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to Tri-Valley Corporation and its affiliates, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, in its Chapter 11 case in Delaware
  • U.S. counsel to mortgage loan servicer in connection with nationwide proof of claim redaction project.
  • Restructuring counsel to contract pharmaceutical services provider.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to The Rugged Bear, a retail chain of children’s clothes, in its Chapter 11 case in Massachusetts.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to Oscient Pharmaceuticals Corporation and its subsidiary Guardian II Acquisition Corporation, in connection with the successful sale of the company through Chapter 11 in Massachusetts.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to official committees in bankruptcy cases involving the following companies: Harvard Clinical Technology, Inc., Right-Way Dealer Warehouse, and GPX International Tire Corporation.
  • U.S. counsel to Joint Liquidators of Bermuda based hedge fund, Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund, Ltd.
  • Restructuring counsel to a Midwestern producer of liquid eggs and related products. Worked closely with senior lender group to provide the client with additional liquidity and time to restructure its operations and balance sheet.
  • Bankruptcy counsel for a major US lender and post-confirmation Plan Trust in connection with the collapse of The Education Resources Institute, a guarantor of more than $20 billion of private student loans.
  • Bankruptcy counsel to numerous fund sponsors, fund managers, and registered investment advisors in connection with the Securities Investor Protection Act liquidation of Lehman Brothers, Inc. and related Chapter 11 proceedings for Lehman Brothers Holdings.
  • Counsel to bidders and purchasers of numerous distressed businesses both in and out of court.