Laura Day DelCotto

Top rated Bankruptcy attorney in Lexington, Kentucky

DelCotto Law Group PLLC
Laura Day DelCotto
DelCotto Law Group PLLC

Practice Areas: Bankruptcy, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 1986

Education: University of Kentucky College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

DelCotto Law Group PLLC

200 North Upper Street
Lexington, KY 40507 Visit website


Attorney Laura Day DelCotto is the founder and owner of DelCotto Law Group, which has law offices in Lexington, Louisville and Danville, Kentucky. A nationally recognized and top-ranked lawyer, Ms. DelCotto has more than 34 years of legal experience, and she provides invaluable counsel, advocacy and support to clients across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy

·       Commercial loan restructuring and workouts

·       Debtors' rights

·       Bankruptcy and civil litigation

·       Municipal and Chapter 9 bankruptcy

Having begun her legal career as an attorney for a major financial institution, Ms. DelCotto gained a great deal of knowledge and insight into how creditors deal with bankruptcy proceedings, and she drafted numerous motions along with defending the rights and interests of her clients in court. During that time, she developed a strong sympathy for debtors, and she shifted her focus to advocating on behalf of those seeking relief from their overwhelming debt.

Honored for her remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Ms. DelCotto has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, and she received the organization's Lawyer of the Year award for bankruptcy litigation in 2021. She is also AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has a top rating from Three Best Rated. In addition, she has received many other top rankings and endorsements from her peers as well as numerous testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

A 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South, Ms. DelCotto obtained her juris doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1986, from which she graduated Order of the Coif. She also received the Colvin Rouse Best Note Award for her excellent contributions to the Kentucky Law Journal.

Ms. DelCotto is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Southern District of Indiana as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. 

A leader in her legal community, Ms. DelCotto is a fellow with the American College of Bankruptcy, and she has served on the board of directors of the Fayette County Bar Association and as chair of the Fayette County Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute as well as many other professional affiliations.

Laura Day DelCotto is a debt relief agent. She helps people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

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Practice areas

Bankruptcy: Business, Business Litigation

Focus areas

Bankruptcy Law, Credit Repair, Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secret

  • 80% Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20% Business Litigation

First Admitted: 1986, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Medical Practices and Health Care Facilities In Bankruptcy, 18th Biennial Judge Joe Lee Bankruptcy Institute, Speaker 2017
  • Colvin Rouse Kentucky Law Journal Best Note Award “Jurisdictional Uncertainties Under the Bankruptcy Code”, 1986
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Panel Presenter 2006
  • KLC, Municipal Bankruptcy, Presenter 2013
  • National Diversity Council, Women in Leadership Symposium, Panel Presenter, 2015
  • Bankruptcy for Beginners, Introduction to Forms of Bankruptcy and Choice of Form of Bankruptcy, Panel Presenter, 2015
  • Chapter 51- Kentucky, author, Strategic Alternatives for and Against Distressed Businesses, 2016 edition; detailing the receivership process in Kentucky and weighing significant pros and cons of receivership from various perspectives
  • , Best Lawyers List, Lexington Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy, The Best Lawyers in America, 23rd Edition
  • , Top 10 Attorney in Kentucky, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • , Kentucky Super Lawyers, Business Bankruptcy, 2016
  • , Lawyer of the Year, Lexington Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • , Top 50 Attorney in Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2015
  • , NAWBO, board of directors and chair, public policy committee, 2013-2014
  • , Leadership Kentucky, class of 2013
  • , Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, (Martindale Hubbell) Inaugural Edition 2011 – present
  • , Martindale Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated
  • , Leading Women of Central Kentucky, Business Lexington 2011
  • , Top 25 Female Attorney in Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2007 – present
  • , Leadership Lexington, Class of 1994-1995
  • UK College of Law Alumni Professional Achievement Award, University of Kentucky College of Law, 2013
  • , Kentucky Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2007 – present
  • , The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – present
  • , Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2006 – present KY Fellow- American Bar Foundation 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children, Board Member
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Don Jacobs Financial Literacy Program, Volunteer Presenter
  • Central Kentucky Section of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education Program, Volunteer Presenter
  • Ordained Elder, Presbyterian Church
  • Leadership America, Class of 2011
  • Mary G. Copeland Home, Board Member
  • American Heart Association, Board Member
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Founding Fellow and Founding Firm
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, Life Member
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • NAWBO, Board of Directors and Chair, Public Policy Committee, 2013-2016
  • IWIRC Central KY Chapter, Co-founder and Chair, 2013
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Chair, Bankruptcy Section, 2002-2003
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1999-2002
  • United States District Courts: Western District of Kentucky, 1991
  • Southern District of Indiana, 2002
  • United States Supreme Court, 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1988
  • United States District Courts: Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986
  • Kentucky Supreme Court, 1986
Educational Background:
  • The University of the South at Sewanee, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Honors: Order of the Gownsmen Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
Industry Groups:
  • Builders And Developers
  • Coal
  • Dealerships
  • Elder Care
  • Equine
  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil And Gas
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Student Loans
  • Telecommunications
  • Trucking

Office location for Laura Day DelCotto

200 North Upper Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone: 859-689-8635


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

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Top 25: Women Kentucky Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024 Top 10: Kentucky Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Top 50: Kentucky Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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