Jennifer Lyday

Jennifer Lyday

Business Insolvency, Commercial Bankruptcy

370 Knollwood Street, Suite 600, Winston-Salem, NC 27103

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, and trustees in business bankruptcy cases. She has also represented buyers and sellers of assets in bankruptcy. 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 is currently on the panel of Subchapter 5 Chapter 11 Trustees for the Middle District of North Carolina.

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.


  • J.D. 2009 William & Mary School of Law | Lead Articles Editor, William & Mary Law Journal, 2008-2009
  • B.A. 2006 Wake Forest University

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

Professional Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (4th Circuit Volo Author; Southeast Advisory Board)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Women’s Insolvency and Reorganization Confederation (Communications Chair of the Carolinas Network)
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Current Member and Secretary of the Bankruptcy Section Council)
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees


  • The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) “40 Under 40” Honoree (2021)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA - Bankruptcy-Restructuring / Up and Coming (2019-2020)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Star – Business Bankruptcy (2016-2020)
  • North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyer Pro Bono Award (2013)

Civic Activities

  • Board of Directors, The Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina, 2016–present
  • Local Advisory Board (Triad Region), Alexander Youth Network, 2016-2020
  • Leadership Winston-Salem – Class of 2014

Selected Publications & Presentations

  • "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
  • “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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