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Robert J. Keach


Current Position

Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.
100 Middle Street
P.O. Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

Tel: 207-774-1200
Fax: 207-774-1127

Class: X (1999)Circuit: First


University of Vermont, B.A. (1977)
University of Maine School of Law, J.D. (1980)
Admitted to Maine Bar (1980)
Admitted to Massachusetts Bar (1994)

Professional Career

Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A. (1995-)
Foley Hoag & Eliot, Boston, Massachusetts (1994-95)
Verrill & Dana, Portland, Maine (1980-94)


ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11, Co-Chair
American Bankruptcy Institute, Past President
American Bar Association
Maine State Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
American Board of Certification, Business Bankruptcy Law (1994)


"Chapter 11 as a Liquidation Tool: Legal, Tactical and Practical Considerations for Debtors, Lenders and Buyers," Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries, ¶ [4.01] (Alan N. Resnick and Henry J. Sommer eds.) Nov 2010; updates 2011-13
"Rule 2004 as a Pre-Litigation Tool in a Post-Twombly/Iqbal World: Part II," 29 ABI Journal 28 Nov 2010
"Rule 2004 as a Pre-Litigation Tool in a Post-Twombly/Iqbal World: Part I," 29 ABI Journal 28 Oct 2010
"Declarations and Affidavits: Using and Defending Against Written 'Nontestimonial' Evidence in Bankruptcy Court Cases and Proceedings," 28 ABI Journal 1, 20 Feb 2009
"Selecting, Qualifying an Expert in Bankruptcy Proceedings: One Type Does Not Fit All": Part I 27 ABI Journal 1 26 Feb 2008
"Selecting, Qualifying an Expert in Bankruptcy Proceedings: One Type Does Not Fit All": Part 2 27 ABI Journal 2 26 Mar 2008
"BAPCPA and WARN Act 'Back Pay': Now, Timing Isn't Everything," 24 ABI Journal 26 Dec/Jan 2006
"Dead Man Filing Redux: Is the New Individual Chapter Eleven Unconstitutional?" 13 ABI Law Review 483 Winter 2005
"Afterlife, Reincarnation or Purgatory? Post-confirmation Jurisdiction in the First Circuit," 24 ABI Journal 24 Oct 2005
"Solvent Debtors and Myths of Good Faith and Fiduciary Duty," 23 ABI Journal 36 Jan 2005
"Stalking-horse Lenders and Good Faith: The Availability of Appellate Protection Under §§ 363(m) and 364(e) For Asset Purchasers Extending DIP Financing," 23 ABI Journal 28 Jun 2004
"When the Committee is Not and When the Committee is No More," 22 ABI Journal 34 Jan 2004
"A Hole in the Glove: Why 'Negotiation' Should Trump 'Solicitation'," 22 ABI Journal 22 Jun 2003
"The Case Against KERPS," American Bankruptcy Institute 2003
"LaSalle, the 'Market Test' and Competing Plans: Still in the Fog," 21 ABI Journal 18 Jan 2003
"The Continued Unsettled State of Constructive Trusts in Bankruptcy: Of Butner, Federal Interests and the Need for Uniformity," 103 Com. L.J. 411 Winter 1998
"Free to Wander the Commercial Meadows: Controlling Debtor (and Creditor) Conduct in the Gap Period," 1997 American Bankruptcy Institute
"Partner and Partnership Bankruptcy: A Survey and Analysis of Case Law and Proposed Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code," 1996 American Bankruptcy Institute


Listed in Best Lawyers in America
Chambers USA Star Individual, Corporate/M&A Section
New England SuperLawyers Top 100 Lawyers in New England
Martindale-Hubbell, AV-rated