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Dean A. Langdon


Navigating financial distress involves a host of variables, and every individual and business reacts to those variables differently. Knowing this interplay is unique for every client allows Dean Langdon to help clients focus and accomplish their goals. Helping clients articulate and refine their goals often changes the landscape and creates new options. Dean uses his past experiences working with consumers, business owners, businesses and a variety of creditors to assess the big picture – not just the dollars and cents aspect. Dean has operated his own practice and was a partner at a creditor's rights firm with offices in four states. That background pays dividends for his clients. Dean also has a strong mediation background, which adds to his ability to come up with creative solutions for problems with multiple layers and many different players.

Dean has been recognized as a Best Lawyer and a Super Lawyer in the Lexington, Kentucky market. Dean speaks on bankruptcy and mediation topics regularly, and is co-author of the Bankruptcy Law chapter of Consumer Law in Kentucky, 2d Ed. and the Domestic Relations Issues in Bankruptcy chapter of Consumer Bankruptcy Practice in Kentucky: Chapter 7 Practice, both published by the University of Kentucky College of Law. Dean gives back to the community by serving as a judge at the Lexington Concours d’Elegance – an auto show which benefits the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital; and as a board member (and past president) of the Lexington Art League – an organization dedicated to exposing the Lexington area to contemporary art.

Dean believes that staying in good physical shape helps him stay sharp mentally. In addition to running and cycling for pleasure, Dean competes in regional running events, group bicycle rides and duathlons. Just like some events require endurance while others favor speed, clients’ legal needs require prompt action and long-term involvement.

Dean's Accomplishments

Education
  • University of Kentucky, J.D., 1984; M.S.L.S., 1992

  • Centre College of Kentucky, B.A., 1980

Admissions & Certifications
  • Kentucky and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1984

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1988

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1995

  • Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification *

  • * Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.

Memberships & Activities
  • Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute

  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

  • 1996–1999, served on the Board of Directors of the Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc. (Chair, 1999)

  • 1997-2008, 2011-present, Lexington Art League Board of Directors, Past President

  • 1984–present, volunteer arbitrator and mediator with the Central Kentucky Better Business Bureau

  • 1992–2008, volunteer mediator with the Mediation Center of Kentucky, Inc.

  • Speaks frequently at bankruptcy seminars, including the Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conferences presented by the University of Kentucky

  • Member, Versailles Midway Woodford County Human Rights Commission (2005-2008)

  • 2008-2013, member of the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival Committee

  • Founding Fellow, Fayette County Bar Foundation

  • President, Kentucky Bar Association Bankruptcy Section 2013-2014

Honors & Awards
  • 2016, Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Bankruptcy

  • 2015, Best Lawyers, "Lawyer of the Year," Lexington in Litigation – Bankruptcy

  • 2014, Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year," Lexington in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • 2013, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyer - Bankruptcy/Debtor-Creditor Rights

  • 2012, Kentucky Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Award

  • 2010, 2012 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights

  • 1995, Mediation Award for outstanding Mediation Services, Mediation Center of Kentucky

  • 1990, Named Arbitrator of the Year by the Central Kentucky Better Business Bureau

Publications & Presentations
  • White v. Rainbo Baking Co., Ky.App., 765 S.W.2d 26 (1988)

  • In re Knowles, 253 B.R. 412 (Bankr. E.D. Ky. 2000)

  • In re Smith Mining & Materials, LLC, 399 B.R. 199 (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 2008)

  • In re Smith Mining & Materials, LLC, 405 B.R. 589, (Bankr. W.D. Ky. 2009)

  • In re Micek, 473 B.R. 185

  • Authored, Domestic Relations Issues in Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy Practice in Kentucky: Chapter 7 Practice, 2012

  • Authored, Bankruptcy Law, Consumer Law in Kentucky, 2d Ed., 2011

  • Panelist, KBA Convention; Familty Court v. Bankruptcy Court, June 2014

  • Authored, Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcies: Powerful Tools and a Few Pitfalls, Kentucky Bench & Bar, 201

  • Panelist, KBA Annual Convention-Bankruptcy Hot Topics, 2013

  • Speaker, FCBA CLE Bankruptcy Issues for the Same-sex Married Couples, December 2013

  • Speaker, Applying Mediation Principles in Practice, Women's Law Association Luncheon, 2013

  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Issues for the Family Law Practitioner, Lunchtime CLE Series. 2013

  • Speaker, Chapter 11 for Individual Debtors, 11th Biennial UK Consumer Bankruptcy Law Conference, 2012

  • Speaker, Means Test/Chapter 13 Workshop, Chapter 7 and 13 Bankruptcy: Line-by-Line Workshop, 2011

  • Speaker, Negotiating Loan Documents/Ethics in Lending, Negotiating Real Estate Loan Terms and Workout Options, 2010

  • Speaker, Speaker, Bankruptcy Means Test, Means Test 101 Teleconference, 2010

  • Speaker, Practitioner's Problems with the BAPCPA, Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, 2009

  • Speaker, Issues in Bankruptcy for the Family Law Practitioner, Family Law Institute, 2009


Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year- Dean Langdon