Jennifer Larkin Kneeland is the Chair of Watt Tieder’s Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice. She focuses her practice on business restructuring, workouts, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. She has handled complex chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts involving a variety of industries, including real estate, education, telecommunications, retail, hospitality and not-for-profit companies. In addition, Jennifer frequently represents creditors who must protect their rights in connection with construction and other types of real estate related loans and other types of obligations that are either in default or at risk of default.
Jennifer currently serves as the President of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland. The Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association is the premier bar association for attorneys who practice bankruptcy law in the State of Maryland. Prior to serving as President, over a period of eleven years, Jennifer was elected to various offices such as President Elect, Secretary; Treasurer; Greenbelt, Maryland Chapter Chair; and an At-large member of the Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association’s Board of Directors.
Jennifer is frequently recognized by her peers and in various publications for her skill related to bankruptcy law. The Washingtonian Magazine identified Jennifer as one of the Washington area’s best lawyers in the areas of reorganization and creditors’ rights in their December 2013, December 2015 and December 2017 issues. Super Lawyers magazine designated Jennifer as a “Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and as a “Rising Star” every year from 2011 through 2013 for excellence in the field of bankruptcy law. Jennifer was also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year from 2013 through 2017 based on her bankruptcy law expertise.
In 2011, The Daily Record selected Jennifer as one of the State of Maryland’s “Leading Women.” The Daily Record recognizes professional accomplishes and places particular importance on community involvement and commitment to inspiring change.
Jennifer currently serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, Inc. in Olney, Maryland. Olney Theatre is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to theatre and the performing arts. It is the oldest theatre in the State of Maryland. Jennifer restructured Olney Theatre’s financial affairs on a pro bono basis, saving it from bankruptcy. As part of her turn-around efforts, Jennifer served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Theatre for four years and as the President of the Board of Directors for five years. During this period, Jennifer and her team raised millions of dollars for the theatre. As part of her development efforts, Jennifer testified on Olney Theatre’s behalf for public grants before the Montgomery County, Maryland Council and the Maryland Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee and the Maryland House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee.
- General Information
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- University of Virginia, B.A.
- District of Columbia
- 2017 Washingtonian Top Lawyer for 2017-2018
- Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Bankruptcy Law – 2014, 2015, 2016
- The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy Law – 2013 – 2016
- U.S. District Court, Maryland
- U.S District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Maryland
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Columbia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
- Panelist: Is Bankruptcy Bankruptcy A Viable Alternative for High Income or Asset Rich Individuals?, Advanced Bankruptcy Institute presented by the Maryland State Bar Association, December 2016.
- Author: Attorney Malpractice Claim Stemming From Services Provided in a Bankruptcy Case “Arises In” a Case Under Title 11 of the U.S. Code, and Therefore, U.S. District Court Has Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over the Claim, American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 4 (November 2016).
- Author: Can This Possibly Be Ethical or Permissible?, American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 3 (August 2016).
- Panelist: The Automatic Stay and Intellectual Property Litigation Issues, presented by Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, March 2016.
- Panelist: Changes to the Official Bankruptcy Forms, Attorney Seminar sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association’s consumer Bankruptcy Section, the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland, November 2015.
- Panelist: Chapter 11 Governance: Advising the Closely-Held Business, Advanced Bankruptcy Institute presented by the Maryland State Bar Association, March 2015.
- Speaker: Lender Liability, Real Estate Foreclosure: A Step-by-Step Workshop, presented by the National Business Institute, February 2013.
- Author: Seeking a Substantial Contribution Claim? Know the Applicable Standard and Introduce Evidence, American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 1 (January 2013).
- Speaker: Selected Ethics and Legal Issues in Dealing with Pro Se Parties in Bankruptcy Courts, presented by Walter Chandler American Inn of Court, Panelist, February 2012.
- Author: Does Civility Temper Zealous Legal Advocacy? To Better Serve Clients and the Profession, Concepts Can (and Should) Co-Exist, American Bankruptcy Institute Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 3 (August 2011).