Mary Elisabeth Naumann

Phone: (859) 288-2819 | Fax: (859) 252-0688 | Email:
175 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Mary Elisabeth Naumann is a Member in the Lexington, Kentucky, office of Jackson Kelly PLLC. Ms. Naumann's practice is focused on business and commercial law in both state and federal courts, with primary concentration in bankruptcy law and creditor's rights, equine law, business law, and commercial transactions.

Ms. Naumann's equine law practice includes the purchase and syndication of stallions, preparing stallion service agreements of all types, protection of accounts receivables both in and out of bankruptcy, and federal and state litigation and arbitration of claims affecting stallion syndicates.

Through Ms. Naumann's background in the coal industry, she has represented creditors and debtors in large Chapter 11 cases, as well as Chapter 7 and 13 cases, including purchases and sales of assets. Her bankruptcy practice also includes the defense of preference actions and the defense of bankruptcy fiduciaries in litigation stemming from their actions in bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Naumann is also involved in general commercial transactions and prosecution and defense of cases involving commercial entities and claims. Due to her experience working in the federal appellate court system, she also enjoys prosecuting and defending all types of appeals. Ms. Naumann is licensed in the state of Kentucky and is admitted to practice before the Fourth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals and in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.

Ms. Naumann graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and received her Juris Doctor in 1999, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. At Washington and Lee, she served both as a staff writer and as an articles editor on the Law Review. In 1999, she also published an article on the community caretaker doctrine in the American Journal of Criminal Law. After graduating from Washington and Lee, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While clerking for Judge Widener in Abingdon and Richmond, Virginia, Ms. Naumann indulged her penchant for criminal and constitutional law.

Legal Experience
2000 - PresentJackson Kelly PLLC
1999 - 2000Judge H. Emory Widener, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judicial Clerk
1998 Hunton & Williams, Summer Associate
1998Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, Summer Associate
1997 Jackson & Kelly, Summer Law Clerk
1999J.D. Washington and Lee University School of Law (VA)
1995B.A.Centre College (KY) (History)
Bar Admissions
Court Admissions
2001U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
2001U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
2000U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2000U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Professional Involvement:
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing:
  • Co-presenter with Chacey R. Ford, "Rejection of Leases in Bankruptcy:  What Does It Mean?," EMLF 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, June 21-23, 2015
  • Presenter, "Staying Ahead of the 'Bankruptcy Curve':  Contractual Strategies that Protect Your Company During Counterparty Bankruptcy," 34th Mineral Law Conference, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, Oct. 2009
  • Presenter, "Purchasing Assets out of Bankruptcy Free and Clear of Environmental Claims -- How Free is it?,” 30th Mineral Law Conference, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, Oct. 2005 
  • Presenter, "The American Canoe Association and the Clean Water Act:  The Realities of Violations, Enforcement, and Citizens Groups," Professional Engineers in Mining, Lexington, Kentucky, Sept. 2001

Writings and Publications:
  • Community Caretaker Doctrine:  Yet Another 4th Amendment Exception, American Journal of Criminal Law, 1999
  • Washington and Lee University Law Review, 1997-1999; Lead Articles Editor 1998-1999

Awards and Honors:
  • Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2018
  • Named in the 2013-2014 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Stars®
  • Order of the Coif, 1999
  • Juris Doctor magna cum laude, 1999
  • Merit Scholarship, 1997-1999
  • Scholar's Paper Award, Suffolk University School of Law Academic Convocation for Law Students, 1999
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1995
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