Jennifer McLain McLemore


804.697.4129 (p)
804.697.6129 (f)

Professional Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute 
• Southeastern Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board, 2011-present 
• 40 Under 40 Steering Committee, 2018-present
• Unsecured Trade Creditors' Committee, Chair, 2017-present; Education Director, 2016-2017; Newsletter Co-editor, 2015-2016; Listserve Moderator, 2012-2015

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
• Chair (Executive Committee), 2017-2018; Vice Chair, 2016-2017; Secretary, 2014-2016; Finance Director, 2012-2014
• Program Director (Management Committee), 2010-2012
• North American Program Director, 2008-2010
• Member, 2006-present

IWIRC-Virginia Network
• Member At Large, 2014-2018
• Ex-Officio, 2012-2014
• Co-secretary, 2010-2012
• Vice-chair, 2007-2010
• Co-chair, 2006-2007  
• Founder, 2006

Lewis F. Powell Jr. American Inn of Court
• Member, 2013-present

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
• Bankruptcy Section

Virginia Bar Association

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
• Membership Chair, 2010-2011
• Spanish Domestic Relations Booklet Coordinator, 2008-2009
• Public Service Co-chair, 2006-2008

Community Involvement

Leadership Metro Richmond
• Class of 2016

Junior League of Richmond
• Sustainer, 2015-present
• Nominating Committee, 2012-2014
• Active Member Advisor, 2010-2012
• New Member Advisor, 2008-2010
• Finance Council, Treasurer, 2006-2008

Jennifer McLain McLemore is a partner in the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, and Commercial Litigation practice groups. She advises banks and credit unions as well as commercial and business creditors in bankruptcy and litigation matters.

Mrs. McLemore serves as chair of the firm's Client Development Committee and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). 

Examples of matters recently handled by Mrs. McLemore include:

Business Creditors 
Corporate entities/contract counterparties

  • Analysis, negotiation and objections to debtor-in-possession financing arrangements
  • Asset identification and recovery
  • Assist in the purchase of assets out of a bankruptcy proceeding
  • Litigation of avoidance actions 
  • Litigation of claim objection disputes
  • Litigation of discharge/dischargeability claims
  • Mediations
  • Plan and disclosure statement analysis, negotiation and litigation
  • Prosecution of motions for relief from stay
  • Rejection, assumption and cure litigation for executory contract counterparties

Landlords (in commercial, retail and reorganizations)

  • Claim negotiation and settlement
  • Cure claim analysis and negotiation
  • Litigation of stub rent issues
  • Negotiation of auction and sale procedures
  • Negotiation of "going out of business" sale rules and requirements
  • Negotiation of lending facilities
  • Preparation of proofs of claim (general unsecured, §503(b)(9), administrative and rejection damages claims)
  • Rejection claim analysis and litigation

Banks and Other Lenders

  • Analysis of exemptions
  • Analysis of financial records (bank records, balance sheets, tax documents and accounts receivable)
  • Analysis of land records and title documents
  • Collateral sales
  • Litigation of discharge/dischargeability actions
  • Litigation of motions for relief from stay/adequate protection
  • Plan and disclosure statement analysis, negotiation and litigation
  • Prebankruptcy accounts’ receivable collections and other collection efforts

Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors

  • Case administration matters
  • Litigation of all aspects of bankruptcy matters
  • Negotiation of financing
  • Plan analysis and negotiation
  • Related motions practice

Chapter 7 Trustee

  • Asset analysis
  • Asset recovery and related litigation
  • Litigation, negotiation and settlement of claims

Chapter 11 Trustee

  •  Analysis of financial records
  •  Asset analysis
  •  Claim administration and analysis
  •  Claim distribution administration
  •  Claim litigation and negotiation
  •  Investigation


  • Consolidate and liquidate law firm assets
  • Reorganization of medical practice assets

Select Publications

  • Co-author, “Blue Bell Creameries: Addressing the ‘Otherwise Unavoidable’ Conundrum of the Plain Language in §547(c)(4)(B),” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 12 (2018)
  • Co-author, “Getting Your Priorities Straight: Administrative Expense Priority for a Pre-Petition Claim,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 11 (2017)
  • Co-author, “Stoppage Notices Have Chilling Effect on Liens of Secured Creditors,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXVI, No. 8 (2017) 
  • Chapter author, "Representing the Creditors' Committee: A Guide for Practitioners," American Bankruptcy Institute (2016)
  • Co-author, "Document Preservation Strategies for Creditors in a World with Changing Discovery Rules," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 3 (2015)

Select Presentations

  • Panelist, "Balancing the Scales," Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association and Hill-Tucker Bar Association program (2018)
  • Moderator, “D&O Fiduciary Duties for Financially Troubled Companies: What to Do and What Not to Do,” American Bankruptcy Institute Roundtable, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2017)
  • Presenter, “Essentials of Bankruptcy Law in Virginia,” Virginia CLE (2017)
  • Panelist, “Recent Developments in the Law,” 31st Annual Mid-Atlantic Institute on Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice seminar (2016)
  • Moderator, “Does It Pay to Be a Bankruptcy Lawyer Anymore: Baker Botts, L.L.P. v. ASARCO, L.L.C.,” American Bankruptcy Institute’s Unsecured Trade Creditors’ Committee webinar (2015)
  • Advocate, Preference Action Mock Hearing, American Bankruptcy Institute Spring Meeting (2015)
  • Panelist, "Issues and Strategies in Health Care/Continuing Care Retirement Community Bankruptcy Cases," Hot Topics in Business Bankruptcy Law seminar, Virginia CLE (2014)
  • Panelist, "How to Effectively Take and Defend a 2004 Exam," American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop (2013)

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Commercial Litigation


University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 2001
Associate Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
Trial Advocacy Board

Miami University, B.A., Literature and Creative Writing, 1998
Cum Laude
University Honors
Phi Beta Kappa


• Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


• Hon. Douglas O. Tice Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Court Chief Judge, Eastern District of Virginia
• Hon. F. G. Rockwell III and the Hon. William R. Shelton, Judges, Circuit Court of Chesterfield County, Virginia


The Best Lawyers in America©
• Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law, 2013-2019

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Bankruptcy, 2014-2018

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights, 2011-2017

Virginia Rising Stars
• Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2008-2009, 2011-2013

International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Melnik Award
• 2012