Keith Cunningham is Chair of the firm's Business Practice Group. Keith has provided business and legal counsel to clients in bankruptcy and creditors' rights matters, debt financings and commercial transactions since 1988. "Praised by clients for his ‘very practical and strategic advice,'" (Chambers USA 2012), Keith's representation encompasses a wide range of interests, including secured creditors, trade creditors, public utilities, government agencies, forward contract merchants, lessors, licensors, licensees, and purchasers. Keith is particularly noted for his expertise in energy industry matters. Keith has substantial experience in matters involving adequate protection, forward contracts and master netting agreements, setoff and recoupment, cash collateral, claims allowance and litigation, preference and fraudulent transfer risk management and defense, and Chapter 11 plan issues.
In addition to his bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice, Keith is also regularly called upon by clients to help structure, negotiate and document complex secured and unsecured credit facilities and commercial agreements. Keith is Chair of the firm’s legal opinion committee and represents the firm at the biannual meetings of the national Working Group on Legal Opinions.
Before joining the firm in 1996, Keith clerked for the Honorable Mark W. Vaughn of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, and chaired the Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights/Loan Workout Practice Group of a large New Hampshire firm.
Honors & Distinctions
- Recognized by Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring Law (2020)
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law since 2006
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
- Named a top-rated bankruptcy attorney by New England Super Lawyers since 2012
- Member, Maine Bar Association and American Bankruptcy Institute
- Treasurer, Board of Advisors, Salvation Army of Greater Portland, 2007-present