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Biography

Sara is a co-leader of the firm’s Utilities Team. She joined the firm in 2000, concentrating her practice in bankruptcy law and financial restructuring, with special emphasis in creditor rights, preferential transfer and fraudulent conveyance law, reclamation rights and deepening insolvency; commercial transactions; utility law; banking law; and electronic stored-value card law. She has represented secured and unsecured creditors in large and complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, and has developed a national bankruptcy practice. She has also handled large preference and fraudulent conveyance actions in numerous jurisdictions throughout the United States, representing creditors in many of today’s largest Chapter 11 cases; including, Party City, Windstream Holdings, J.C. Penney, Dean Foods Company, Exide, Chrysler, Enron, Tower Automotive, Federal Mogul, Collins and Aikman, Delphi, Dana, Calpine, Smurfit Stone, Lyondell Chemical Company, Circuit City, Flying J, Nortel, RadioShack, Toys R Us, hhGregg, Macaroni Grill, Westinghouse, Sports Authority, Eastern Airlines, American Airlines, Ryan International Airlines and Aloha Airlines. Sara has also served as a mediator in preference claim actions.

Sara has represented utility companies, logistics and transportation companies, chemical companies, health care clients, manufacturers, suppliers, banks, and electronic gift card issuers.

Sara leads the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Mentorship program for all of Frost Brown Todd’s offices in participating cities, and assists with the firm’s internship program for Central High School’s Law Magnet program. Sara is also heavily involved in the firm’s training and development of new associates. Sara is a recipient of the Frost Brown Todd Diversity and Inclusion Award (2014), and a two-time recipient of the Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year Award (2004 and 2008). She is also a past member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the past editor-in-chief of the Financial Restructuring Group Newsletter.

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Education

Law School

University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 1990, magna cum laude, Valedictorian

In law school, she was the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Samuel L. Greenebaum Writing Award, and was elected to the Brandeis Society. Sara was also the 1985 and 1986 recipient of the Jean & Eleanor O’Sullivan Award, awarded by the University of Louisville Political Science Department.

Undergraduate School

University of Louisville, B.A. in Political Science, 1986, summa cum laude

Bar Memberships

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

Kentucky

Courts

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

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, 2022

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1990

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1990

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2024

Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Frost Brown Todd Diversity and Inclusion Award, 2014

Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year Award, 2004 and 2008

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bankruptcy Institute’s Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, Member Relations Director and Educational Director

International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Consortium

  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Belonging Committee
  • Scholarship Sub0Commitee
  • Signature Event Sub-Committee

American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association, 1990

American Bankruptcy Institute Member

Brandeis Society, Member

Woodcock Society, Member

Pre-Law Mentorship Program, Member

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Norton Cancer Institute’s Patient and Family Advisory Council

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Louisville City Lead

Hope Scarves, Organization of Fundraising and Breast Cancer Awareness Events hosted by FBT

Central High School Internship Program for Law Magnet Students

Seneca High School Pre-Law Program, Participating Attorney

CentreStage Theatre Board, Former Member

DuPont Manual, Youth Performing Arts School, Producer’s Club, Former Member

St. Francis School Diversity Task Force, Former Member

Firm Committees

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

Training and Development Committee, Former Member

Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Former Member

Presentations

Sara was invited to speak at the following events:

“Deepening Insolvency,” American Bar Association’s Business Litigation Committee, Annual Conference, 2007

“Bankruptcy 101,” Frequent Presenter, Client Bankruptcy Training

Women Trailblazers in the Legal Profession,” Speaker, The Speed Museum Cinema, Presentation in connection with RBG Film, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2018

Preferences in Bankruptcy,” Co-Presenter, Charles R. Keeton and Sara L. Abner, seminar outline and client advisory

Major Publications

Sara is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“Is Electricity a Good or a Service Under 503(b)(9)? The Divide Among Bankruptcy Courts Continues to Deepen in 2023,” Author, Unsecured Trade Creditors Quarterly Publication, American Bar Institute, Fall 2023

Electricity as ‘Good’ or a ‘Service’ under Section 503(b)(q),” Author, Bloomberg Law, March 2023

Section 523(a) Extension to Subchapter V Business Debtors,” Author, Bloomberg Law, December 2022

Subchapter V Trustee Role in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy,” Author, Bloomberg Law, October 2022

What Latest Ruling In FERC, Bankruptcy Court Turf War Means,” Author, Law360, July 2022

How Bankruptcy Courts Address Goods, Services In 503(b)(9),” Author, Law360, June 2022

The Toolbox for Managing Your Financially Troubled Customer,” Co-Author, Kentucky Trucker, Official Publication of Kentucky Trucking Association, July 2018

“Financial Restructuring Group Newsletter,” Editor-in-Chief, October 2001-present

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