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Patricia is a results-oriented, trusted legal advisor to her clients. For more than 25 years, she has helped individuals and businesses navigate financial difficulties and legal disputes to reach innovative, cost-effective and efficient solutions. She places great emphasis on thoroughly understanding all aspects of her clients’ businesses so she can focus not only on their legal issues, but also on the practical implications those issues have on their businesses and lives.

Patricia's Relevant Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Patricia currently chairs FBT’s Automotive Industry Team and leads FBT’s representation relating to troubled automotive suppliers, including large supplier and automotive bankruptcies, and supply chain risk management matters (Takata Corporation, Dana Corporation, Delphi Corporation, Johnson Rubber Company, Excello Engineered Systems, Intermet Corporation, Lear Corporation, Metavation, General Motors, Chrysler, Dura Automotive and Pace Industries). She has guided individual and corporate debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as well as workout negotiations outside of court across a spectrum of industries, including logistics companies, franchises and franchisors, real estate investors, restaurant owners, manufacturers, communication companies and automotive suppliers.

Counsels businesses of varying sizes engaged in complex commercial disputes such as breach of contract, negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference, successor liability, business ownership, control and governance issues, mineral trespass and energy-related disputes, franchise disputes and violations of various state and federal statutes.

Works with secured lenders in protecting and recovering their collateral whether through workout and forbearance, self-help remedies, state or federal court litigation, or bankruptcy proceedings.

Assists secured and unsecured creditors, debtor in possession lenders, landlords, utilities and purchasers of assets in both complex commercial bankruptcies as well as large and small individual Chapter 11 cases.

Represents plaintiffs and defendants in preference actions nationally, fraudulent conveyance actions, claim objections, breach of fiduciary duty investigations, and any other contested or litigation matters in bankruptcy court.

Assists individuals involved in all levels of litigation disputes, such as will contests and estate litigation, challenging and defending enforceability of contracts, fraud and negligence.

Represents financial institutions (from local to national) in defending lender liability claims and violations of state and federal statutes, as well as pursuing commercial foreclosure and collection actions.

Manages filing, enforcing and defending mechanic’s liens and litigation in Kentucky.

Mediates complex commercial disputes.

Other Info About Patricia


Law School

University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1994
Order of the Coif
Moot Court Board
Delta Theta Phi

Undergraduate School

Thomas More College, B.A., 1991, summa cum laude

Bar Memberships

Patricia is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 1994

Kentucky, 1995

Tennessee, 2022


Patricia is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Supreme Court of Ohio

Supreme Court of Kentucky

Supreme Court of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio


Local & National Recognition

The Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2020

Leadership Northern Kentucky (LNK) Class of 2016

Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Top Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Turnaround Management Association

American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Ohio Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Board Member, Tennessee Representative

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Woman’s Initiative

Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, Treasurer

Women Presidents Organization

Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, Board Member

Firm Committees

Patricia serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Mobility Industry Team, Chair

Compensation Committee, Member


Patricia was invited to speak at the following events:

Co-host, ABI TechBytes Podcast Examines Cryptocurrency and the Law – Ep. 257, November 2023

Co-host, ABI TechBytes Podcast Examines Cryptocurrency Basics – Ep. 255, October 2023

Supply Chain Panel, International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation 2021 Fall Conference, October 2021

Supply Chain Disruption Panel, ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December 2022

Major Publications

Patricia is an author or contributor to the following publications:

Author, “How I Made Industry Team Leader: ‘Build Relationships and Trust,’ says Patricia Kirkwood Burgess of Frost Brown Todd,”, October 14, 2022

Co-Author, “Have Automotive Suppliers Traded in for a New Model? Alternatives To Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the Post-COVID Era,” INSOL International, April 1, 2022

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