Joyce   A.   Kuhns


Phone: 410.209.6463
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 E. Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore ,   21202
Linkedin: Joyce Kuhns


With extensive experience at the national and regional levels, Joyce Kuhns brings her in-depth knowledge in delivering creative solutions to help transform financial challenges to successful outcomes. Whether representing businesses as debtors or creditors, creditors’ committees or equity committees, or as an advisor to trustees or regulators, Joyce’s understanding of the complexities of financial and business structures and her experience with out-of-court resolutions as well as litigation at the trial through appellate levels enables her to provide critical strategic advice from the boardroom to the courtroom to a broad spectrum of clients at every stage of the business cycle including directors and officers of companies in crisis. A pragmatic problem-solver, Joyce uses her cross-disciplinary legal skills to meet the daily business needs of her clients and to help reshape their future.

Joyce is frequently invited to lecture before national and international trade groups on restructuring and commercial law issues and has published in regional and national publications on these issues. She has testified before Congress on key legislation in the restructuring industry.


  • Represents plaintiff/buyer in complex, multimillion dollar federal fraud suit against manufacturer/seller of sophisticated automated delivery system with integrated hardware and software components
  • Led out-of-court refinancing and restructuring of one of the largest restaurant franchisees in the United States and advised on related partnership litigation
  • Advised regulatory authority on expedited recapitalization and restructuring of entity in the financial services sector that managed billions of dollars in assets
  • Represented Equity Committee in Chapter 11 case of largest mall owner and operator in the United States and spinoff of its development assets to newly created public company.  The complex restructuring and successful emergence of the company resulted in over $5.6B in recovery to equity
  • Negotiated successful resolution of fraudulent transfer actions against former officers and directors arising from complex multibillion-dollar LBO and IPO transactions
  • Negotiated successful resolution of fraudulent transfer action against a group of affiliated real estate entities in a complex real estate exchange transaction that received funds originating in a Ponzi scheme






  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor
  • Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation, 2007 to present
  • Named to The Daily Record’s list of “Top 100 Women in Maryland,” 2013
  • Selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer, 2008-2009 and 2013-2017
  • "Who’s Who in Bankruptcy," Baltimore Business Journal, 2001

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., The College of William and Mary School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Smith College, 1979
  • Maryland


  • American Bankruptcy Institute (“ABI”) and ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board, Member
  • Greater Maryland Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") Board member; Past Co-Chair
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and Chesapeake Chapter, Member
  • The College of William and Mary School of Law Foundation Board Member, 2009 to present
  • American Bar Association, Business and Business Bankruptcy Sections Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Legal Advisory Council and Bankruptcy Task Force, Member
  • Maryland Bankruptcy Bar Association Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association Member
  • Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland Chapter Board Member 2011 to present; Development Committee Chair 2012 to present
  • Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Md., Member of Board of Trustees; Development Committee Chair
  • Leadership Maryland, Class of 2007
  • Member of Offit Kurman's Diversity Commitee