Taft A. McKinstry

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Phone: 859-252-6700
Fax: 859-255-3735

Taft A. McKinstry is Managing Member of the firm and chair of the firm's Commercial Law and Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Groups. With sophisticated experience built on more than 40 years of practice, Ms. McKinstry is known for finding successful solutions to highly complicated commercial, bankruptcy and litigation matters.

She represents local and national clients in a variety of industries including insurance, heavy equipment, equine, coal, oil and gas production, retail and e-commerce. Ms. McKinstry's appellate experience encompasses numerous published opinions, including cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. McKinstry's effective handling of difficult bankruptcy issues is built on her
years of experience including her appointment as Bankruptcy Trustee for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and service on the Chapter 7 Trustee Panel for Kentucky's Eastern District. Ms. McKinstry was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy in 1994 and has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America continuously since 1994.

In 2017, Ms. McKinstry was inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame.KBA Conference The Hall of Fame was established to acknowledge graduates and long-serving faculty of the college whose extraordinary professional success and contributions, profound positive influence on the College of Law, and high degree of character and integrity are recognized by their peers. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the UK Law Alumni Association.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1972; Kentucky Law Journal
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1969;
    Recipient, Sullivan Medallion, Outstanding Graduating Women


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow inducted 1994, Sixth Circuit Regent, 2016 - present, National Events Chair, 2006 - 2009, Sixth Circuit Council, 2002 - 2007
  • Commerce Lexington, Board of Directors, 2015 - Present; General Counsel, 2013-2014
  • Kentucky Bar Association - Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair, 2009 - 2010
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1982 - 1984, Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1974 - 1975, Secretary, 1973 - 1974, 1982 - 1984
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2014 - Present


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating* Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers; Bankruptcy, 2011 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1994-Present
  • Lawyer of the Year, Lexington, 2012 Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Super Lawyers; Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2007-2017
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Kentucky, 2011 - 2017
  • Kentucky Monthly, Top 25 Woman Attorneys in Kentucky, 2015-2016
  • Corporate INTL - Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire Award, 2014-2015

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.