Richard C. Kennedy (1944-2011)
Richard C. Kennedy received his undergraduate bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1967 and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 1974 after four (4) years service in the United States Air Force from 1969-1973.
He practiced law in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 1974 to the time of his death in 2011. He devoted substantially all of his practice to bankruptcy and related areas, including workouts, primarily representing business debtors, creditors’ committees and secured and unsecured creditors. He developed a regional client base through involvement in significant business cases in the region and has represented a national hotel chain as licensor in bankruptcy reorganization cases nationwide involving its licensee hotels.
During the time he practiced, he represented major parties-in-interest in most of the significant Chapter 11 reorganization cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee. Mr. Kennedy was a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Chattanooga Bar Foundation and was a Past-President of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute.
Mr. Kennedy lectured in bankruptcy and authored materials for seminars connected therewith. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, and Mid-South Super Lawyers.
He was Past-President of the Chattanooga Bar Association, in addition to other offices in that Association, and acted as Chairman of the Fee Arbitration, Lawyer Referral and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committees of the Association.
He was the Past-Chairman of the Commercial Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. Additionally, Mr. Kennedy was a Past-Chairman of the Metropolitan YMCA of Chattanooga, Past-President of Girls, Incorporated of Chattanooga and a Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bright School.
Dick was an incredible lawyer, a leader in the community and a great partner and friend.