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Attorney Jennifer Lyday

Jennifer Lyday | Partner
Business Insolvency, Commercial Bankruptcy

Office: 370 Knollwood Street, Suite 600, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone: (336) 717-1283
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Jennifer is a partner at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, she was a partner at Waldrep LLP and an associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, focusing on corporate Chapter 11 representations and related state court debtor-creditor representations. Jennifer has represented secured creditors, distressed businesses, unsecured creditors’ committees, trustees, and buyers of assets in bankruptcy sales. She is currently on the panel of Subchapter 5 Chapter 11 Trustees for the Middle District of North Carolina. Jennifer has also counseled clients in complex civil litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes officers and directors' liability, personal injury, premises liability, wrongful death, and professional negligence defense. Jennifer also has experience with managing the many legal challenges that arise in the operation of hospitals and assisted living facilities. She also has experience in various types of healthcare transactions. In addition, Jennifer has significant pro bono experience, particularly in helping domestic violence victims obtain 50-B protection orders, working with Legal Aid of North Carolina. She also regularly represents parents of children abducted and taken into the United States in Hague Convention cases. Jennifer is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars.

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  • J.D. 2009 William & Mary School of Law | Lead Articles Editor, William & Mary Law Journal, 2008-2009

  • B.A. 2006 Wake Forest University

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Bar Admissions


  • North Carolina, 2009

  • United States District Court – Middle District of North Carolina, 2009

  • United States District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina, 2009

  • United States District Court – Western District of North Carolina, 2009

  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2019

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2022

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2022

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  • 2022 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society

  • 2022 Pro Bono Award for the Bankruptcy Section of the North Carolina Bar Association

  • The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) “40 Under 40” Honoree, 2021

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Band 3, 2019-2023

  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2023-2024

  • “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy Law in North Carolina, Business North Carolina, 2024

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers® – Business Bankruptcy, 2023-2024

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Star – Business Bankruptcy, 2016-2022

  • North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award, 2013

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Professional Memberships


  • American Bankruptcy Institute (4th Circuit Volo Author; Southeast Advisory Board; 40 Under 40 Steering Committee)

  • International Women’s Insolvency and Reorganization Confederation (Vice Director of Member Services, 2024 Board of Directors; Mentor, 2023-2024 Mentoring Program; Vice Director of News, 2023 Board of Directors; Board Member and Former Communications Chair of the Carolinas Network)

  • North Carolina State Bar

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Current Member and Former Secretary of the Bankruptcy Section Council)

  • Turnaround Management Association

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

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Civic Activities


  • Member of Board of Trustees, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 2023-2026
    Board Member, Winston-Salem Symphony, 2023-2026

  • Parish Council, Holy Cross Orthodox Church, Kernersville, NC, 2019-Present

  • Board of Directors, The Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, 2016-2022

  • Local Advisory Board (Triad Region), Alexander Youth Network, 2016-2020

  • Leadership Winston-Salem, Class of 2014

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Selected Publications and Presentations


  • “LTL II and Imerys: Balloting and Solicitation in Mass Tort Cases,” Co-authored with Cassidy L. Willard, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal, February 2024

  • “Proactively Assessing Your Organization's Strategic Risk Profile,” Co-authored with Jeff Sommer, Managing Director, Stroudwater Associates and Clare Kelley, Senior Consultant, Stroudwater Associates, The Governance Institute's Rural Focus Newsletter, December 2023

  • “From Johns-Manville to LTL (and Beyond?): Do Mass-Tort Bankruptcies Have a Future - and Should They?," American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) 2023 Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL, July 21, 2023

  • “Problems in the Code: Oversight Results in Uncertainty for Small Business Owners Converting to Subchapter V.,” Co-authored with Josh Plummer, American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Journal, June 2023

  • “Fraud, Deceit and Misrepresentation Are Not Excused as Zealous Representation (Canon 7) – Fraudulent Bankruptcy Examples, Public Perceptions of Litigation, the Bar & Bankruptcy Updates,” Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminar (PALS), Las Vegas, NV, May 10, 2023

  • “Evidentiary Issues in Bankruptcy: Making Your Case,” American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Annual Winter Leadership Conference, La Quinta Resort & Club, La Quinta, CA, December 9, 2022

  • “Key Advantages of Chapter 12 Bankruptcy for Struggling Family Farmers,” Journal of Corporate Renewal (JCR), the Official Publication of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), December 2022, click here to read article

  • “Managing Privilege Issues in Bankruptcy,” 45th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC, November 12, 2022

  • “Show Me the Money: Practical Issues at the Intersection of Subchapter V Trustees and Estate Funds,” National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) 2022 Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 9, 2022

  • "What to Expect When You Are Consulting: An Exploration of How Appraisers Can Help Insolvency Attorneys Inside and Outside the Courtroom," 11th Annual ASA (American Society of Appraisers) Equipment Valuation Conference, Virtual Event, May 24, 2022

  • Expert Panelist, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation's (IWIRC) 19th Annual Spring Conference, Washington D.C., April 27-28, 2022

  • "Consumer Hot Topics," Middle District of North Carolina 42nd Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, April 22, 2022

  • "Bankruptcy and Small Business: A Practical Course for Newcomers," Wake Forest Law and Thomson Reuters, on-demand web series, August, 2020

  • “Ethics Quick Hits,” American Bankruptcy Institute Southeast Virtual Bankruptcy Workshop, July 24, 2020

  • "Bankruptcy Remote Entities: Brilliant Strategy or Wasted Effort?" 42nd Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Wilmington, NC, November 22-23, 2019

  • “Icing on the Cake or Adding Insult to Injury – The Secured Lender’s Right to Default Interest and Attorneys’ Fees,” 39th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, New Bern, NC, November 18-19, 2016

  • “Absolutely Unanswered Questions from Maharaj,” 2016 South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May 2016

  • “Taking a Second Bite at the Apple: What Debtors and Creditors’ Counsel Need to Know About Serial Chapter 11 Filings,” 37th Annual Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar, Durham, NC, April 15-16, 2016

  • “Case Update,” 38th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Pinehurst, NC, November 6-7, 2015

  • “Filing and Litigating a Hague Convention Child Abduction Case in Federal Court,” Middle District of North Carolina Federal Bar Association CLE, Greensboro, NC, October 26, 2015

  • “Spoken in Your Office, Read in the Courtroom: What Corporate Officers and Trustees Need to Know About Waiver of the Attorney Client Privilege,” 36th Annual Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar, Aberdeen, NC, April 24-25, 2015

  • “Case Update,” 37th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Asheville, NC, November 7-8, 2014

  • "Middle District of North Carolina Bankruptcy Case Summaries, The Disclosure Statement," Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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