Chapter 11 proceedings move rapidly through the courts, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances is a vital quality in a bankruptcy lawyer.  Kara Hammond Coyle responds quickly to the myriad issues and time pressures that arise from the clash of multiple interests in a typical bankruptcy case, and her clients and co-counsel rely on her to find a workable balance among those competing interests.

Kara focuses her practice on corporate bankruptcy and restructuring, with an emphasis on debtor-side, complex Chapter 11 representations.  Kara also represents secured lenders, ad hoc groups, buyers, significant creditors and parties in interest in both in-court and out-of-court deals, in a variety of industries, including energy, exploration and production, retail, agriculture, banking, telecommunications, insurance, software and technology, and manufacturing.

Kara is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)’s 40 Under 40 Class (2018), serves on ABI’s Mid-Atlantic Advisory Board, and leads Young Conaway’s Pro Bono Committee.


  • American University Washington College of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Delaware  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Business Law and Litigation Sections, Member
  • Delaware State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Section, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation