Joe Lehnert’s practice focuses primarily on negotiating and advocating on behalf of KMK clients in a wide array of business disputes, with a concentration in the areas of creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. Joe has represented secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, lenders, investors, purchasers, commercial landlords and tenants, and receivers and other court-appointed fiduciaries in state and federal trial and appellate court proceedings, including collection, eviction, foreclosure, receivership, dissolution, and bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation. Joe also advises clients in commercial loan workouts and out-of-court restructurings, including loan modifications, forbearance agreements, and loan sales. By leveraging the resources of a full service law firm, Joe is able to develop creative and pragmatic strategies to carry out the business and personal objectives of KMK clients.
Joe is significantly involved in KMK’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, including serving on the firm’s Women’s Initiative and contributing to the KMK Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter. Joe has also served on the firm’s associate liaison committee, and he regularly participates in the firm’s attorney recruitment efforts and summer associate program.
Obtained summary judgment on non-dischargeability claim in favor of judgment creditor in bankruptcy court and successfully obtained affirmance of summary judgment before the Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant commercial real estate purchaser in breach of sale contract action by seller including award of return of earnest money deposit.
Represented creditor and debtor’s designated responsible person in Chapter 11 evidentiary hearing on senior secured lender’s motions for relief from stay and to dismiss and successfully obtained denial of the motions.
Represented creditor and plan proponent in obtaining confirmation of individual Chapter 11 plan of liquidation.
Represented residential mortgage lender in Chapter 13 evidentiary hearing on valuation of real estate and successfully obtained determination that lender’s claim was fully secured by real estate.
Represented receivers in Court-approved receivership sales free and clear of all liens.
Represented loan and judgment purchasers in subsequent mortgage foreclosures and foreclosure sales.
Represented secured creditors in negotiation and drafting of forbearance agreements both pre-litigation and post-judgment.
Professional and Community Involvement
Tri-State Education and Technology Foundation (TSETF)—Drake Planetarium, Board of Trustees
Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2017 Pathfinder
Turnaround Management Association, Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Chapter Board of Directors
Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program
Cincinnati Bar Association
Oyler School, A.P. Hampton Mentoring Program
American Bankruptcy Institute
League of United Latin American Citizens
DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Rising Professionals Group
Awards & Recognition
Named to Ohio Rising Stars
Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2020
News & Resources
- KMK Law Congratulates the Participants of the Inaugural Diversity Case Competition for First Year Law Students01.28.2019
- U.S. Senate Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief Bill Would Temporarily Increase the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) Chapter 11 Debt Limit to $7,500,00003.26.2020
- Legal Alert: Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential Properties09.28.2016
- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Signs Executive Order Requesting Relief for Small Business Commercial Tenants and Commercial Real Estate BorrowersKMK Law Real Estate Blog, 04.03.2020
- Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential PropertiesKMK Law Corporate & Securities Blog, 09.28.2016
- Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential PropertiesKMK Law Real Estate Blog, 09.28.2016
- Ohio Foreclosure Reform Brings Standardization and Modernization to County Foreclosure Processes and Paves the Way for the Expedited Foreclosure of Vacant and Abandoned Residential PropertiesKMK Law Complex Litigation Blog, 09.28.2016
- Revised Ohio Receivership Statute Brings Clarity for Lenders and Prospective Foreclosure Sale PurchasersKMK Law Real Estate Blog, 03.03.2015
- Revised Ohio Receivership Statute Brings Clarity for Lenders and Prospective Foreclosure Sale PurchasersKMK Law Complex Litigation Blog, 03.03.2015
- Revised Ohio Receivership Statute Brings Clarity for Lenders and Prospective Foreclosure Sale PurchasersKMK Law Corporate & Securities Blog, 03.03.2015
- Commercial & Securities Litigation
- Creditors' Rights Litigation
- Commercial Finance & Reorganization
- Workouts & Restructuring
- Construction Litigation
- Administration of Settlement Trusts & Qualified Settlement Funds
- Mass Tort Bankruptcy
- False Claims Act & Qui Tam Litigation
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Team
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2012
B.A., Xavier University, 2009, magna cum laude, in the Philosophy, Politics and Public Honors Program