Kesha L. Tanabe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Tanabe Law
 | 120 South 6th St, Suite 1515
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-474-5950
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (60%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Creditor Debtor Rights: Consumer (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Securities & Corporate Finance (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of Tanabe Law, Kesha L. Tanabe handles a variety of sophisticated bankruptcy matters on behalf of creditors and certain types of trustees. Her firm is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and she represents clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area and across the state. Ms. Tanabe has been admitted to practice in Minnesota since 2007, and she is also admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

    In February 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 went into effect. Also known as Subchapter V, this allows certain small businesses and individuals that have debts that in the aggregate are lower than the specified maximum amount to file a streamlined petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Tanabe has been appointed by the U.S. Trustee Program to administer cases that are filed under that section. She has also served as an indenture trustee for the holders of bonds that have been issued by companies and that have gone into default, and she has additionally represented other secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Tanabe’s work has additionally encompassed post-bankruptcy matters, including asset liquidations and case administration.

    Ms. Tanabe sits on the Bankruptcy Practice Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, and she serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she teaches courses in bankruptcy. She is an editor of the Bankruptcy Bulletin, which is a publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and she frequently leads continuing legal education seminars on topics related to her practice area.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Bankruptcy: Business
    • 10%Business/Corporate
    • 10%Creditor Debtor Rights: Consumer
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Securities & Corporate Finance
    Focus Areas

    Bankruptcy Law, Business Formation and Planning, Contracts, Litigation, Securities Law


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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    About Kesha Tanabe

    Admitted: 2006, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top Women Attorneys, Super Lawyers, 2013
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Membership Chair and Special Projects Leader
    • Turnaround Management Association (Northwest chapter), Co-Chair Women's Network, 2012 - Present
    • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Public Policy Advocacy Committee, Co-Chair, 2013 - Present
    • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (New England Network), Board Member, 2013 - Present
    • New York, 2006
    • Minnesota, 2007
    • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Roadways to the Federal Bench, Minneapolis City Co-Chair with Hon. K. Sanberg (Chief Judge of Minnesota Bankruptcy Court) and Hon. C. Nail (Chief Judge of the South Dakota Bankruptcy Court).
    • North Dakota Agricultural and Bankruptcy Law Institute, Planning Committee and Faculty Member
    • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Executive Committee, Legislative Committee, Member and Annual Conference Co-Chair, 2021
    • Minnesota CLE Bankruptcy Institute Planning Committee Member and Faculty
    • MSBA, Bankruptcy Section Member and Pro Bono Committee Member, 2009 to Present  MSBA Bankruptcy Bulletin, Co-Editor in Chief and Author, 2015 to Present
    • IWIRC, Minnesota Chapter - Membership Chair 
    • Minnesota State Bar Association - Member; Bankruptcy Section; Bankruptcy Bulletin - Co-Editor in Chief

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • University of Minnesota Law School, Volunteer Moot Court Judge
    • CARE, Volunteer
    • Girls, Inc., Volunteer
    • Women Venture, Volunteer
    • Associates’ Campaign for the Legal Aid Society
    • Volunteer Lawyers Network and Volunteer Attorney Program for Northeastern Minnesota: Bankruptcy Clinic Volunteer and Pro Bono Debtor Attorney
    • CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) & Girls, Inc., Financial Literacy Volunteer
    • YWCA Circle of Women - Host Committee Member, Auction Co-Chair

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Ethics Subcommittee Newsletter, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2014
    • North Dakota Bar Association, Planning Committee, Annual Agricultural and Bankruptcy Law Seminar
    • Adjunct Professor, Bankruptcy, St. Thomas law school
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Litigation Update, 2014
    • The Business Lawyer, American Bar Association, 2012
    • "Selling Your Collateral in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Section 363's Faster, Cheaper Approach Is at Risk", Maslon Speaker Series, 2009
    • Bankruptcy Bulletin,, Co-Editor in Chief, MSBA Bankruptcy Section, 2014


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    • Bionol Clearfield, Inc.
    • Evergreen Solar, Inc.
    • Evergreen Energy, Inc.

    Educational Background:

    • Central European University, 2004, 3l Study Abroad (International Business), 2004
    • London School Of Economics, 2001-2002, Masters In Government, With Honors
    • Tecnologico De Monterrey, Fall 2000, Language Immersion Program, 2000
    • University Of St. Thomas, 1997-2001, B.A. Magna Cum Laude (Political Science)
    • London School Of Economics, 1999-2000, General Course
    • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2001

    Industry Groups

    • Business Bankruptcy
    • Corporate Trust
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    • “Has great experience in bankruptcy.”
    • “I have worked with Kesha Tanabe as co-counsel in cases and as a co-presenter for Continuing Legal Education seminars. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable and skilled. In addition, she is tenacious in representing her clients. Kesha Tanabe is teaching a bankruptcy class at St. Thomas Law School and regularly presents at CLEs. She is active in community and bar events. I also know that she is active in pro bono and community service activities. ”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Kesha L. Tanabe

    120 South 6th St
    Suite 1515
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Phone: 612-474-5950

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