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  • Harvard University (J.D.)
  • Stanford University
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
Professional Affiliations
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Council
  • ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
  • Board of Governors, Financial Lawyers Conference of Los Angeles
  • Executive Committee, National Bankruptcy Conference
  • Founding Member and former Director, International Insolvency Institute
  • American Bar Association – International Adviser, Transnational Insolvency; Principles of Cooperation
  • American Law Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, Class 1
  • Author of the College-sponsored book "Bankruptcy and The Supreme Court (Lexis/Nexis 2008)"
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Kenneth N. Klee

Kenneth N. Klee is a founding member of KTBS and a Professor Emeritus at the UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Klee was admitted to practice in 1975 before the bars of California and District of Columbia. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1996. His preparatory education was at Stanford University where he received his A.B. in Economics, with honors and great distinction, in 1971. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa fraternity. He earned his J.D. degree from Harvard University, graduating cum laude, in 1974.

Mr. Klee served as a contributing editor to Collier on Bankruptcy from 1979 until 1996 and a consulting editor from 1980 to 1996.

From 1997-2014 as a Professor at the UCLA School of Law, Mr. Klee taught courses in bankruptcy and Chapter 11 business reorganizations, contracts, professional responsibility, and a business simulation/clinical course dedicated to the topic of creating value through the renegotiation of business agreements. During the 1995-96 academic year, Professor Klee taught courses in bankruptcy and a seminar in business reorganizations at Harvard Law School as the Robert Braucher Visiting Professor from Practice. As an Adjunct Professor, he taught the course “Chapter 11 Business Reorganizations” at the UCLA School of Law from 1979-94 and in 1997, and at the University of Southern California Law Center in 1983.

Mr. Klee has participated, since 1975, on several hundred programs for the continuing education of the bar in the area of bankruptcy and business reorganizations. He has served twice as a Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference and has served since 2011 on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society Advisory Council. Mr. Klee also serves as a member of The American Law Institute and was an Adviser on its Transnational Insolvency Project. In addition, he is a founding member and past Director of the International Insolvency Institute. Mr. Klee is also a past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Lawyers Conference of Los Angeles.  He served from 2011 to 2014 on  the American Bankruptcy Institute's Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. He has served as member of the executive committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference from 1985 to 1988, 1992 to 2000, and 2011-2014. Professor Klee served from 2011 to 2014 as Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference's Committee to Rethink Chapter 11. He also served as Chair of the National Bankruptcy Conference's legislation committee from 1992-2000. Mr. Klee was Associate Counsel, Committee on Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives 1974-1977, where he was a principal draftsman of the Bankruptcy Code. Since then, he has served periodically as a bankruptcy consultant to the House Judiciary Committee, 1977-1982,  and to the United States Department of Justice, 1983-1984.

Mr. Klee served from 1992-2000 as a member of the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules of the United States Judicial Conference. In June, 1994, he led a mission to China sponsored by the International Republican Institute to assist in the writing of the Chinese Bankruptcy Laws.

Representative clients of Mr. Klee have included: Jefferson County, Alabama, as a Chapter 9 debtor; 400 South Hope Street Associates L.P., in which he served as lead debtor's counsel; the debtors in Barney's Inc., et al., as debtors' special counsel; the debtors in Anacomp, Inc.; the debtors in Sun World; the debtors in the five administratively consolidated Standard Brands Paint Company cases; the debtor in Financial Corporation of America; the creditors' committees in the Momentive, +Adelphia, Del Taco, Iridium, Papercraft and Griffin Resorts, Inc. chapter 11 cases; the noteholders' committee in PG&E National Energy Group, and Marlene Penrod, as appellee before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in In re Penrod; the out-of-court bondholders' committees in the Charter Medical and Orion Pictures restructurings; the out-of-court Bondholders' Steering Committee in Primestar; and Pennzoil, in the Texaco Inc. chapter  11 case. Equity investors in 203 N. La Salle Street Assocs.; Boston Chicken Plan Trust as majority equity owner of Einstein/Noah Bagel Corp.; Marshall, as appellee before the Supreme Court of the United States in Stern v. Marshall, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011); First Trust and Bank of New York, trustees, as appellees before the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Chemical Bank v. First Trust (In re Southeast Banking Corp.); Maxwell Communication Corp. PLC, as appellant before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Maxwell Communication Corp. PLC v. Societe Generale, et al; counsel of record for Penrod in AmeriCredit Financial Servs. v. Penrod (In re Penrod), 611 F .3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2010), petition for rehearing en banc denied, 636 F 3d 1175 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. denied, 132 S. Ct. 108 (2011). He also has served as an expert witness in over 50 matters and as The Examiner in Tribune.

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