Gai Lynn McCarthy brings more than a decade of experience representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy as debtors and creditors. She specializes in Chapter 7 and 11 for debtors to protect assets, discharge debts and defend objections to discharge. Her practice also includes bankruptcy litigation related to objections to discharge, reclamation, and defense of preferential transfer claims.
Gai Lynn’s Chapter 7 clients include individuals affected detrimentally by economic conditions which result in the loss of employment or closely held businesses. In a notable action, Gai Lynn won a case filed by the U.S. Trustee objecting to the client’s discharge. The decision was upheld on appeal
Her Chapter 11 clients include single-asset real-estate bankruptcies, with a focus on assisting hotels in Georgia reorganize the operation of their properties in Chapter 11 and protect their assets. She also represents creditors in the defense of preferential transfer cases filed by trustees seeking to recover assets transferred by debtors prior to their bankruptcy filing. Her work with creditors includes recovering assets from bankrupt debtors and purchasing assets in bankruptcy.
A New Jersey native, Gai Lynn began her legal career in 1987 as a law clerk for the Assignment Judge of the Gloucester, Salem, and Cumberland County Courts. She was an associate for Freeman, Mintz, Hagner & Deiches before moving to Atlanta to represent creditors in recovering assets with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy. Her next position was with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where she represented the FDIC in bankruptcy cases for banks taken over across the Southeast. Her experience representing creditors in bankruptcy matters brings insight into the debtor side to reach a desirable outcome for her clients. She joined KPPB as Of Counsel in 2009 and collaborates with for bankruptcy litigations; with and for hotel workouts; and to defend her clients in preferential transfer matters and recovering assets in bankruptcy.
In 2019, Gai Lynn McCarthy, was selected by her peers to be included among Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite for bankruptcy law in Georgia. She is a bankruptcy law speaker who explains the risks and processes related to individual or business bankruptcy filings. She also mentors law students with Chapter 7 cases and also volunteers with the Cherokee Family Violence Center to provide its community with pro bono bankruptcy filings and insights into bankruptcy protection options. Gai Lynn earned her law degree from Rutgers School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Long Island University. She is based in Atlanta.
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