Shelley A. Kinsella

Shareholder/Managing Partner

Shelley A. Kinsella focuses her practice on representing clients in bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and employment law matters. Her bankruptcy practice often intersects with employment law and healthcare law issues. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt, which she uses whenever applicable to provide cost-efficiencies for her clients.

Shelley A. Kinsella

Legal Experience That Stands Out

Shelley represents debtors, unsecured creditors’ committees, equity committees, class action claimants, Chapter 11 and 7 trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors in complex reorganization and liquidation cases. She has prosecuted and defended hundreds of bankruptcy avoidance and fraudulent conveyance actions, as well as managed the claims objection process for various debtor estates. Shelley has represented public and privately held companies in out-of-court restructuring and traditional bankruptcy cases.

Shelley defends employers in employment discrimination and wrongful termination actions in both state and federal courts. She has experience representing employers before state and federal administrative proceedings. She also has experience, both in and out of federal bankruptcy court, litigating non-competition grants, ERISA, and employee benefits. Additionally, she has represented whistleblowers and qui tam claimants before the bankruptcy court.

She has served as mediator for multiple litigations pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware as part of the court’s mediator panel and completed the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mediation Training Program. She is the co-author of the chapter “Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Role of Mediators in Bankruptcy Cases” in Reorganizing Failing Businesses, American Bar Association (3rd Edition, August 2017) and has co-authored several articles in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.

While earning her J.D. from Loyola Law School, she served as Senior Articles Editor for the Entertainment Law Review. She was an American Bar Association National Finalist on the school’s Moot Court team.

Shelley is a member of the Human Rights Campaign, working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. In addition, she has volunteered for Alternative Court for Teens, ReadAloud Delaware, and Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate. She is currently serving as Secretary for the nonprofit Wilmington Academy of the Dance and is on the board of directors for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

Representative Matters

  • Special litigation counsel in the Washington Mutual bank insolvency, the largest bank insolvency in U.S. history that resulted in a $7 billion settlement with the FDIC and JPMorgan.
  • Counsel for one of the country’s first official committees of long-term disability plan participants in the Nortel Networks Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, which secured a settlement of more than $50 million for the company’s permanently disabled employees.
  • Counsel for a former employee in a whistleblower / wrongful termination action in the Point Blank Solutions Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, which resulted in a $3.5 million allowed claim against the debtor’s estate.
  • Counsel to various parties in cross-border bankruptcies, including foreign representatives in the Grant Forest and Primus Telecommunications Chapter 15 matters.
  • Counsel for the equity committee in the AgFeed Chapter 11 bankruptcy that resulted in the successful sale of U.S.-based and China-based assets, and a global settlement with the debtor, secured and unsecured creditors, class action plaintiffs, and the SEC, which resulted in recovery for shareholders.

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  • Loyola Law School, J.D., 2000
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., 1994, with honors
Bar Admissions
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
Honors and Awards
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (Membership limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2016 Fellow
  • Turnaround Management Association National Award for “Large Company Transaction of the Year,” 2014
  • International M&A Advisor “Agriculture Deal of the Year,” 2014
  • M&A Advisor “Information Technology Deal of the Year (Under $250MM),” 2018