David R. Kuney

David Kuney, a nationally prominent and highly regarded attorney in commercial real estate bankruptcies, bankruptcy litigation and civil litigation. He has represented clients in numerous bankruptcy proceedings throughout the United States during the past 40 years. He has served as an expert witness and has been lead counsel in both jury and non-jury trials in complex commercial and real estate-related litigation matters, including architectural and construction cases, and recently, condominium disputes. Chambers USA 2012 described David as a “preeminent” lawyer, commended for “his ‘tremendous experience’ as one of the strongest bankruptcy experts around,” and said of David’s practice, “He maintains an exemplary reputation among observers, and his presence is particularly strong in bankruptcies and restructurings taking place in the real estate and retail sectors.” David’s practice had included counseling commercial lenders, banks, insurance companies, developers and owners of commercial real estate in connection with distressed commercial real estate, including litigation and bankruptcy. He also has represented both landlords and tenants in bankruptcy in major retail bankruptcies, as well as credit card companies involved with distressed retail businesses.

David has been described by Chambers as “an intellectual leader.” His writings are frequently cited by courts and commentators. He combines his active courtroom practice with service as an adjunct law professor, having taught at American University’s Washington College of Law, Georgetown University Law School, and New York Law School. He teaches a new course entitled the Bankruptcy Advocacy Practicum at Georgetown Law School, where he works with law students in the drafting and preparation of amicus curiae briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is the lead author of "The Single Asset Real Estate Case" published in 2012 by the American Bankruptcy Institute and "Bankruptcy Issues for Commercial Landlords, Tenants and Mortgagees," published by the American Bankruptcy Institute in 2008. He is the lead contributor to the Collier Guide to Chapter 11, (Chapter 21, “Cases Involving Real Estate Business.”).

David has been elected to the American College of Bankruptcy, an elite group of bankruptcy lawyers, judges and professionals throughout the U.S. His selection reflects his extensive experience and leadership in contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency processes. He was also elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, where he currently serves on the Board of Governors.

In addition to his inclusion in Chambers USA, David was named the 2014 Lawyer of the Year for the Washington, D.C. area in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights by Best Lawyers.

David was recently appointed to the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to serve on a committee studying the reform of bankruptcy law, focusing on bankruptcy law as it pertains to commercial landlords and intellectual property issues in bankruptcy.

David is also very active in community activities. He is a member of the Board of Governors for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He serves on the Board of the American Bankruptcy Institute as well.

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Job Types Counsel
Areas of Practice 1) Business Reorganizations and Bankruptcy, 2) Bankruptcy Litigation, 3) Real Estate Litigation, 4) Business Reorganizations and Bankruptcy and 5) Contract Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
Law School University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.,1973)
Education University of Virginia (B.A.,1967)
Bar Member / Association California State Bar Association,Maryland State Bar Association,District of Columbia State Bar Association
Most recent firm Whiteford Taylor Preston, LLP
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