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David E. Lemke

David E. Lemke


Tennessee, U.S.A.

tel: 615 850 8655
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Trustees, lenders, creditors' committees and other clients requiring assistance with defaulted bonds or other financial instruments rely on David Lemke to provide sophisticated, practical advice and counsel. For more than 25 years, David has designed creative solutions for clients both inside and outside of formal proceedings. Whether a workout is undertaken within the bankruptcy court setting, a receivership is necessary to enforce the remedies of a trustee or lender, or an out-of-court restructuring is needed, clients can be assured that David has the experience and judgment to craft a resolution.

David enjoys the competitive nature of his work and thrives on bringing a win to the client. He assertively and tenaciously finds leverage within a matter to achieve the client's goal.

In November 2011, Jefferson County, Alabama filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy ever filed at that time. Representing the trustee for certain sewer debt exceeding $3 billion, David and the Waller team were intimately involved in the historic proceedings. In July 2013, the City of Detroit filed its Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition, thereby eclipsing Jefferson County as the largest municipal bankruptcy ever filed. Drawing on the experience gained in Jefferson County, David and the Waller team were engaged to represent the trustee for Detroit's water and sewer bonds—totaling almost $6 billion—in this historic case.

A former managing partner and member of Waller's Board of Directors, David provides sound leadership not only to clients, but also to his peers and colleagues.

Bar Admissions



J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1985
B.S., Central Methodist College, 1982
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member, Nashville, Tennessee, Oklahoma and American Bar Associations
Member, Asset Sales and Health Care Committees, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, American Judicature Society
Former Board Member and Past President, Mid-South Commercial Law Institute
Past Chair, Nashville Bar Association's Bankruptcy Court Committee
Former Chair, CLE Subcommittee and the Local Rules Subcommittee, Bankruptcy Court Committee, Nashville Bar Association
Former Board Member, Middle Tennessee Chapter, Turnaround Management Association

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