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 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.
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1994
Order of the Coif
Moot Court Board
Delta Theta Phi
Thomas More College, B.A., 1991, summa cum laude
Supreme Court of Ohio
Supreme Court of Kentucky
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 Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
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®
Turnaround Management Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
Southern Automotive Women’s Forum, Board Member
Compensation Committee, Member
Author, “How I Made Industry Team Leader: ‘Build Relationships and Trust,’ says Patricia Kirkwood Burgess of Frost Brown Todd,” Law.com, October 14, 2022
Publication: INSOL World Q2 2022 edition
Publish Date: April 1, 2022
June 15, 2015