Ryan Kelley

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Ryan Kelley

Pierce Atwood LLP, Portland, ME

RYAN is a partner with Pierce Atwood LLP and provides legal counsel to public and private companies regarding debt and equity financings, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters. He represents both lenders and borrowers in construction, acquisition, new markets tax credits, and term and working capital financing transactions. He also advises clients on issues arising at all stages of distressed situations, insolvency and bankruptcy, regularly representing secured creditors, trade creditors, landlords, sellers and acquirers of distressed assets and entities, and other interest-holders in workouts and restructurings, liquidations and collection actions.

Ryan is admitted to practice in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is a member of ABI and the Turnaround Management Association, co-chairs the New Lawyers Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section and is a member of the Section’s Steering Committee. He also chairs the Maine State Bar Association’s Consumer and Financial Institutions Law Section and is a member of its Bankruptcy & Reorganization Section. He is a 2016 NCBJ Next Generation Program participant and a regular Next Generation Alumni volunteer at NCBJ’s annual meetings. In addition, he has served as an NCBJ/ABI Behind the Bench Steering Committee Member and a volunteer brief-grader for ABI’s Duberstein Moot Court Competition, and he has been recognized as an “Up and Coming” bankruptcy/restructuring attorney by Chambers USA since 2022 and been included in The Best Lawyers in America for Banking and Finance Law, and Bankruptcy and Creditor/ Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law since 2021.

An American College of Bankruptcy event Ryan attended during his first year of law school first piqued his interest in the insolvency profession. He has taken pro bono cases on referral by the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project and Pine Tree Legal Assistance and as a member of the Pro Bono Mediation Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a member of his firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, and he leads an Eviction Defense Team in support of the Eviction Defense Project of Pine Tree Legal Assistance. Through his efforts, he received the firm’s Scribner Firm Impact Award, which recognizes those who keep pro bono and community service top of mind within the firm. More recently, he has volunteered with Credit Abuse Resistance Education’s (CARE’s) program in Maine, taught financial literacy classes through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program of the Boston Bar Association, and presented a variety of classes on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship through Junior Achievement of Maine. He also serves as a board member and governance chair of Maine’s Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy



“Ryan has accomplished more in his less than 40 years than most accomplish in a lifetime.”