James E. McGhee, III

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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 Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (70%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%),
  • Closely Held Business (10%)


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Attorney Profile

James E. McGhee, III, is a partner at Kaplan Johnson Abate and Bird LLP. Working out of the firm's office in Louisville, Kentucky, he provides representation to business and individual clients throughout the state in matters that encompass bankruptcy filings and litigation, financial workouts and related issues. Mr. McGhee has focused his practice on this area of the law since entering private practice in 2009, and his background also includes handling appeals of bankruptcy court orders before federal district courts. He is a member in good standing of the Kentucky Bar Association, which is an independent agency of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

Mr. McGhee has extensive experience in cases arising under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This section covers the reorganization of financial obligations of municipalities, counties, taxing districts and municipally owned utilities, among other entities. In one case, Mr. McGhee was able to obtain the confirmation of a plan that adjusted the debts of a county hospital taxing district, resulting in a significant discount of its debts. He has also worked on several Chapter 11 filings and plans, with his clients in this regard, including health care professionals and business owners. In addition to his representation of debtors, Mr. McGhee has assisted unsecured creditors’ committees in litigation, including a case involving prefiling fraudulent conveyances.

Mr. McGhee attended the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in philosophy and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2005. He then moved to St. Louis and pursued his legal education at Washington University School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2008. After graduation, Mr. McGhee served a clerkship with a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky before entering private practice. He is a 2014 graduate of the Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (70%): Bankruptcy Law

Business Litigation (10%)

Bankruptcy (10%): Bankruptcy Law

Closely Held Business (10%)

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law


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Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019

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About James McGhee, III

Admitted: 2008, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: https://kaplanjohnsonlaw.com/attorneys/james-mcghee/


  • Graduate of Louisville Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2014
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2015-2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisville Bankruptcy Law Institute Co-Chair, 2014-2015


  • St. Catherine Hosp. of Ind., LLC v. Ind. Family & Soc. Servs Admin., 800 F.3d 312 (7th Cir. 2015)
  • Ky. Emples. Ret. Sys. v. Seven Counties Servs. (In re Seven Counties Servs), 511 B.R. 431 (Bankr. W. D. Ky, 2014)
  • Keeley v. Grider, 590 Fed. Appx. 557 (6th Cir. 2014)

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, BA, 2005
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Office Location for James E. McGhee, III

710 West Main Street
4th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-509-6962

Fax: 502-540-8282

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Last Updated: 12/18/2018

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