Brian Hugh Meldrum

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Brian H. Meldrum is based in the firm's Louisville office, and his practice focuses on creditors' rights, commercial foreclosure, corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, business and commercial litigation, and complex judgment enforcement and collection. Brian represents lenders, trade creditors, franchisors, landlords, creditors' committees, examiners and bankruptcy trustees and preference and fraudulent transfer defendants in large or complex bankruptcy matters. In addition, Mr. Meldrum represents corporate clients in civil litigation in state and federal courts around the country.

Brian founded, edits and contributes to Creditors' Sidebar, a legal blog focused on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues.

Recent Assignments

•Representing defendants in alleged Ponzi scheme fraudulent transfer actions
•Represented official committee of unsecured creditors in In re Integrity Feeds, LLC (Bankr. W.D. Ky.)
•Represented senior secured creditor in workout and subsequent Chapter 11 of ice-cream manufacturer Dippin' Dots, Inc., resulting in successful 363 sale
•Represented CMBS Special Servicer, first-chaired confirmation hearing and defeated debtor's cram-down plan of reorganization
•Obtained summary judgment defeating borrower's lender liability counterclaim against bank in complex commercial foreclosure action
•Represented senior secured lender in shopping center Chapter 11 bankruptcy
•Represented franchisor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of 26-store restaurant chain
•On behalf of creditor, obtained dismissal of individual Chapter 11 case as a bad faith filing
•Representing lender, first-chaired and won trial to avoid a fraudulent transfer made by a guarantor
•Won pro bono asylum trial for Mauritanian refugee client persecuted for her political opinion and religious beliefs

What Clients Say

. . . is one of the finest bankruptcy lawyers in the country . . . gifted with superb analytical skills, writing ability and oral advocacy.
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (2012)
. . . is one of the finest lawyers to appear in my court.
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (2012

Recent Articles and Speaking Engagements

•Fisker? I Hardly Knew Her! The End of Credit Bidding?, with Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, Issue 4, April 2014
•Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2011,Bar Briefs, March 1, 2012
•Bankruptcy Claims Trading: Mechanics, Strategies, and Ethics, with Brian M. Bennett, W. Robert Meyer, presentation to Louisville Bar Association, Louisville Bar Center, Louisville, Ky., June 24, 2011
•Buttermilk Towne Center: Increased Lender Leverage in Single Asset Chapter 11, with W. Robert Meyer, Stites & Harbison, PLLC, Client Alert, April 20, 2011
•Commercial Real Estate: Defaults, Workouts & Foreclosures,Writer and speaker, University of Kentucky College of Law 11th Real Estate Law & Practice Institute, November 2010
•Case Law Update and Counsel Retention,Writer and speaker on Bankruptcy Special Counsel, Louisville Bar Association, June 2010
•Bankruptcy Case Law Updates,Writer and speaker on Chapter 11 developments, Louisville Bar Association, October 2009
•The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts,Writer and speaker on executory contracts in bankruptcy, Lorman Educational Services, July 2006

Before Stites & Harbison

Prior to joining the firm, Brian practiced for seven years at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.

Besides Stites & Harbison

Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, running, and homebrewing.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated

Kentucky Super Lawyers (2013-14)


Super Lawyers honors Stites & Harbison's Kentucky attorneys for 2013-14

Stites & Harbison names five new members

Areas of Practice (15)

  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Out-of-Court Workouts & Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Finance
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Telecommunications
  • Banking/Financial Services
  • Financing
  • Real Estate/Real Estate Development
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Facilities
  • Energy
  • Insurance Carriers/Brokers/Agents
  • Hotels/Hospitality Facilities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
502-709-7027  Phone
502-416-1630  Phone
502-540-8282  Fax
University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.A., with highest distinction, 1997
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1999
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; 2007, Kentucky; 2000, Illinois


American Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Kentucky Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association, Bankruptcy section, chair (2012)

Birth Information:
Mt. Clemens, Michigan, December 22, 1974

Peer Reviews

Louisville, Kentucky

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