Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur Receives ABI's Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur Receives ABI's Lifetime Achievement Award

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) received ABI’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award during ABI’s luncheon at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual Conference, which took place on Oct. 8, 2021, in Indianapolis. ABI’s highest award recognizes the recipient’s sustained and deep commitment to the leadership and governance of the organization.


An ABI member since 1985 and a former ABI president and chairman, Keach is co-chair of Bernstein Shur’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, where he focuses on the representation of various parties in workouts and bankruptcy cases, including debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, lessors and third parties acquiring troubled companies and/or their assets. Keach is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a member of the College’s board of directors, and the co-chair of ABI’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. He has appeared as a panelist on national bankruptcy, lender-liability and creditors’ rights programs, and is the author of several articles on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights appearing in the ABI Law Review, Commercial Law Journal and ABI Journal, among other publications. He also is a contributing author to the Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (2011 Ed.).


Keach is recognized as a “Star Individual” in Corporate M&A/Bankruptcy in Chambers USA, in The Best Lawyers in America (Fifteen-Year Certificate) and by New England Super Lawyers (Bankruptcy and Top 100 Lawyers in New England regardless of specialty). He is also Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.


Currently, Keach serves as the estate representative in the railroad reorganization case of Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd., a cross-border restructuring case, having previously served as the chapter 11 trustee in that case. He is also the fee examiner in the Intelsat S.A. case in the Eastern District of Virginia, and has served as fee examiner in Exide Technologies, AMR Corporation (the chapter 11 cases of American Airlines and its parent and certain affiliates), and Murray Energy Holdings. In addition, he has, inter alia, represented ad hoc committees in the Homebanc Mortgage, New Century TRS Holdings and Nortel Networks cases in Delaware, as well as a public utilities commission in the FairPoint Communications case in the Southern District of New York.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes nearly 10,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit