Kay Standridge Kress


Detroit, MI
Phone: 248.359.7365    Fax: 248.359.7700


Named in The Best Lawyers in America and selected for inclusion on the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers list, Who’s Who Legal: Insolvency & Restructuring for 2014, the Top Lawyers list in DBusiness magazine, and Leading Lawyers.

Kay Standridge Kress is a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy partner in the Detroit Office of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

Ms. Kress concentrates her practice in corporate restructuring insolvency and bankruptcy matters and has 29 years of experience in representing debtors, creditors’ committee, secured creditors, trustees and individual creditors and parties in interest, both as lead counsel and as co-counsel in out-of-court workouts and in bankruptcy courts in the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan, the District of Delaware, the Southern District of New York and in other bankruptcy courts in the United States. Ms. Kress has extensive experience representing secured creditors in federal receivership actions.

Ms. Kress has co-authored Chapter 83 “Creditors Committees,” Colliers Bankruptcy Practice Guide, published in Business Law Today and a chapter “Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under Federal and State Law,” in Navigating Today’s Environment. She also has authored articles for Michigan Business Law Journal, American Bar Association Newsletter, Young Lawyers Division and the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. She has been a moderator and has spoken on a variety of topics, including federal receiverships, locally and nationally, and current developments in bankruptcy claims. 

Ms. Kress was the American Bar Association Business Law Advisor to the Uniform Law Drafting Committee for the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act.


  • B.A., cum laude, Bowling Green State University, 1978
  • J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School, 1986, Member of Order of the Coif and the recipient of the Bronze Key Certificates for Academic Achievement in 1983 and 1984.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1986

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1986

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