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Charity S. Bird

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Louisville, KY

Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP
710 West Main Street, 4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-509-6962
Fax: 502-540-8282
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014
Licensed in Kentucky Since: 2008
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business (50%), Business Litigation (30%), General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Charity S. Bird is a partner at Louisville-based Kaplan Johnson Abate and Bird LLP. Focusing her practice primarily on commercial litigation and bankruptcy, she provides assistance to business and individual clients throughout Kentucky in a variety of matters. Ms. Bird's background includes the representation of businesses and their owners in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and she has also represented debtors, creditors, creditors' committees and trustees in filings as well as litigation under other chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. Her practice has also encompassed financial workouts, collections, foreclosures, lien enforcement, and other commercial matters.

Ms. Bird was the chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Louisville Bar Association when it received the Section of the Year award from the LBA in 2013. She has also received a Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Admitted to practice in both Kentucky and Georgia, Ms. Bird is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Her successful track record has included obtaining pension liability relief for a nonprofit organization through the Chapter 11 process as well as the defense of several individual debtors against objections to discharge brought by creditors.

Ms. Bird majored in criminal justice at Georgia State University and received a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude in 2001. Remaining in Atlanta, she pursued her legal education at Georgia State University College of Law, and she clerked for the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia before being awarded her Juris Doctor with honors in 2005. Ms. Bird's professional affiliations include having served as the chair of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Kentucky Bar Association from June 2016 to June 2017.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 20%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Litigation


8 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014

Articles about Charity S. Bird appearing in Super Lawyers

About Charity S. Bird

First Admitted: 2005, Georgia

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Founder, Bankruptcy Law Institute, 2013-Present
  • Committee Member, Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE), 2013-present
  • Chair Bankruptcy Section, Louisville Bar Association, 2013
  • Secretary, Board of Trustees for the Eastwood Fire Protection District, 2014-2020
  • Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, New Albany Division, Southern District of Indiana
  • Chair-Elect, Kentucky Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, 2015
  • Program Chair, Bankruptcy Law Institute, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Vice Chair, Bankruptcy Section, Kentucky Bar Association, 2014
  • Chair - Bankruptcy Section, Kentucky Bar Association, 2016


  • Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2013 -2014
  • Graduate, Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2012
  • Section of the Year Award, Bankruptcy Section, Louisville Bar Association, 2013
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer, 2015-2018

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University College of Law, BS, Criminal Justice, 2001
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Office Location for Charity S. Bird

710 West Main Street
4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-509-6962

Fax: 502-540-8282

Last Updated: 7/27/2021

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