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About George Kuney

George Kuney

Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Professor Kuney was a partner in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP where he concentrated his practice on insolvency and reorganization matters nationwide.  Before that he received his legal training with the Howard, Rice and Morrison & Foerster firms in his hometown of San Francisco, California. He holds an AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer rating for ethical standards and legal ability and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of California and Tennessee and the federal courts of Arizona, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Kuney's expertise and scholarly interests relate to business transactions and litigation with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, and reorganizations. He is the faculty editor and advisor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law and the faculty advisor for the Sports and Entertainment Society.  He consults with law firms and clients nationwide in his areas of expertise in a limited number of matters annually, generally related to business law, bankruptcy, contracts, legal drafting and writing, commercial law, chapter 11, and insolvency. He conducts transactional training seminars and clinics for law students, lawyers, and law firms across the country.


Articles by George Kuney

Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #13 – The Priority Scheme of Bankruptcy

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives We started this series (click here to start reading from the beginning) with a broad overview of business bankruptcy but our last several installments have focused on one small, albeit important, aspect- the automatic stay.  We’ve heard from a number of readers that they would like […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #12 – Stay Relief Strategy?

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Editors’ Note:  If you are a regular reader of this column, you will know that this is the third installment in a row about the automatic stay (it is a big topic and we didn’t want to lay too much on you at once).  If you’re […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #11 – Is Stay Relief Necessary?

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Our most recent installment in this series gives an overview of the automatic stay. In this installment we dive a little deeper, and we start with this question:  how do you know when a contemplated action would violate the stay and, thus, require stay relief before the […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #10 – About the Automatic Stay

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives We discussed the automatic stay from the perspective of a secured creditor in Installment #9 of this series.This time we pan the camera back and look at the automatic stay from a broader and more general perspective. It is sometimes said that the two primary objectives […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #9 – Secured Creditors & Chapter 11

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Our prior installment discussed some of the basic things a secured creditor needs to know about Chapter 11. The automatic stay was one of them.  But, since we like to keep these things short (on the presumption that others also have short attention spans) we didn’t […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #7 – Plan Confirmation

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Our last installment focused on what we called the “mundane” middle of a chapter 11 case. You can read it here. This time we discuss something a bit more exciting: confirmation. Summary Chronology Here is the basic chronology leading up to confirming a plan, for those of […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #8 – What Every Secured Creditor (And Its Lawyer) Should Know About Chapter 11

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives In our past few installments we’ve been approaching our topic in a more or less chronological manner, explaining what generally happens first, second, third, and so on. We think it useful to switch convention and spend this and the next few installments talking about things from […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #6 – The Mundane Middle of A Bankruptcy Case

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives In case you are hopping on board the bus in the middle of our tour, you may want to know that this installment looks at some of the more mundane stuff that happens after a Chapter 11 case is filed but before the end of the […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #5 – A Peek Into Some Basic Chapter 11 Concepts

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Subsequent installments in this series will cover the concepts touched upon here in more detail.  We think it prudent, if not necessary, to at least throw some basic chapter 11 concepts on the table now, however, since they are so fundamental to any Chapter 11 case- […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #4 – The Lifecycle of a Distressed Company

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Companies in chapter 11 typically consider (or at least should consider) other options before ending up there. In fact, distressed businesses tend to follow a fairly predictable pattern, or lifecycle: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance- – – No, those are the five stages of grief. […]


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