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Kay Standridge Kress

Kay Standridge Kress


Detroit, MI
Phone: 248.359.7365    Fax: 248.359.7700

A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. A Fellow in the American College of Finance Lawyers. Chair of the Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section.

Kay Standridge Kress is a corporate restructuring and bankruptcy partner in the Detroit Office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. She also is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

Ms. Kress concentrates her practice in corporate restructuring insolvency and bankruptcy matters and has more than 32 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 restructuring debt and representing secured creditors in federal receivership actions.

Ms. Kress co-authored Chapter 83 "Creditors Committees," Colliers Bankruptcy Practice Guide, co-authored "Alternatives to Bankruptcy Under Federal and State Law," chapter in Navigating in Today's Environment and authored the "Federal Receiverships" chapter in Guide to Receivership and Foreclosure. She also has authored articles for Michigan Business Law Journal, Business Bankruptcy Committee newsletter, Business Law Today and the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. She has moderated and spoken on a variety of topics, including federal and state receiverships, both locally and nationally.

Ms. Kress was the American Bar Association Business Law Section Advisor to the Uniform Law Drafting Committee for the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act. The Act was approved by the Uniform Law Commission in July, 2015 and has been enacted in seven States. Ms. Kress testified before Michigan House Committee on Judiciary prior to the enactment of the Act in Michigan.


  • 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.
  • B.A., cum laude, Bowling Green State University, 1978, Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Honorary, Upsilon Sigma Alpha American Studies Honorary

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

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
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014

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