Irish Legal 100


ROBERT L. LeHane is a partner in the New York office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. For over 20 years he has been representing secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, asset purchasers, vendors, intellectual property licensors, creditors’ committees, lenders and trustees in all aspects of restructuring, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization.

His extensive experience includes asset sales, avoidance actions, liquidations and appeals in the retail, restaurant, real estate, telecom and energy industries. He also represents clients with private wealth, corporate formation, trust, estate and succession planning issues.

Ranked as a leading bankruptcy lawyer in Chambers USA, LeHane’s team takes a lead role protecting landlord rights, working with his clients to ensure debtor compliance with leases and the Bankruptcy Code in connection with debtor-inpossession financing, lease auctions and chapter 11 reorganization plans. He is regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

LeHane chairs Kelley Drye’s Client Service and Innovation Committee, which considers innovative solutions to address client demands and challenges.

LeHane earned a BA from University at Albany-State University of New York, and a JD from University at Buffalo School of Law.

“I grew up in a typical Irish American middle class Catholic family – we spent lots of time playing games, listening to music and in church, at CCD class and saying rosaries on our knees by the fireplace. I grew up wearing Irish sweaters made by my mother, took Irish dancing lessons, and tortured my family trying to play tin whistle and folk guitar along with Clancy Brothers records,” LeHane recalls.

“I haven’t traced all of my family tree, but I’m mostly Irish with a bit of English and even less Northern European. On my father’s side, I’m told that three of my four great grandparents were born in Ireland. My maternal grandmother was also from an Irish family. Her maiden name was Ryan and her mother’s maiden name was Knight.”





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