Connie A. Lahn Partner
Connie has represented financial institutions, creditors and equipment lessors in major restructurings, such as Hostess Brands, Petters Company, Polaroid Corporation, Delta Air Lines, Lyman Lumber Company and Northwest Airlines. She has represented a number of national clients with workouts and foreclosures of their major loan portfolios. Connie considers her relationships with clients on workouts and defaults as that of a trusted business partner who understands not only their commercial objectives, but also the sensitivities of the challenges they face.
Connie also represents unsecured creditors’ committees and liquidation trusts. She served as lead counsel for the creditors’ committee in one of the largest, multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme cases in the nation. In addition, she represents the creditors’ committee in one of the nation’s oldest and largest lumber cases.
Having been active in practically every major aviation bankruptcy, Connie delivers an intimate understanding of the highly specialized aviation industry. As a result, she is a frequent educator and speaker on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) matters and regularly advises clients on UAV, privacy and procedural issues.
Appreciated for her absolute responsiveness and immediate ability to understand what her clients need within the context of the industry in which they operate, Connie’s ability to listen makes her an outstanding communicator. Her candid and approachable style of service is supported by her practical stance to problem-solving and personal commitment to achieving the right result for those she serves.
Connie often speaks on bankruptcy topics, including casino bankruptcies, Chapter 11 issues and restructuring issues. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Connie was a shareholder and chair of the bankruptcy and insolvency group at a commercial law firm in Minneapolis.
Professional and Community Involvement
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel's Nation's Top Attorneys
Participant, 2004-2005 Leadership Twin Cities, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2007-2018
Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2013-2016
Minnesota Super Lawyers Top 100 Women Lawyers, 2008-2009
The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019
CorporateINTL Legal Award for Insolvency Law, 2012 and 2013
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2019
Women in Business, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, 2016
Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Transaction of the Year, 2018