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Whitney is a Partner in the Business Services Department, and she focuses her practice on providing legal services for regional and community banks and credit unions, including asset-based lending, commercial lending, workouts and restructuring, and creditor’s rights.  She also works with businesses on their financing needs, real estate matters, mergers and acquisitions and general business advisory matters. 

Whitney has extensive experience and expertise in secured transactions and the Uniform Commercial Code. She also specializes in out-of-court business sales and liquidations, commercial foreclosures, receiverships, bankruptcy, and adversary proceedings.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Successfully argued the Indiana Supreme Court case, Claybridge Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Deborah Walton, et al., Case No. 29S02-1504-MF-188 (2015)
  • Defended a highly contested lender liability claim brought by a developer against co-lenders in federal court related to a $50 million mortgage loan facility secured by commercial real estate
  • Advised special servicer of duties and powers under pooling and servicing agreement, filed foreclosure action in state court, obtained the appointment of a contested receiver and negotiated and documented the settlement of a $36 million loan secured by five commercial retail centers in Indiana
  • Represented both real property and entity receivers appointed over multi-family properties, commercial retail and business properties, and healthcare properties (e.g., nursing homes and assisting living facilities)
  • Represented indenture trustee in relation to a $15 million mortgage bond default for a not for profit entity that filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • Represented mortgage holders in numerous single asset chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and secured creditors and purchasers in sales under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code


  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy: Business, 2014-2019
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star,” 2015 and 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-2020, in the fields of Litigation - Bankruptcy; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Indiana Rising Stars®, 2009-2013 
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow, 2008
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Young Lawyer of the Year, 2007
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leader Series III Graduate, 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Women in Finance, Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2017-2018
  • Indiana Association of Corporate Renewal, Board Member, 2018
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair, 2016
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Law Section, Executive Committee, 2009-2015
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009-2014
  • Leonard H. Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable Seminar and Dinner, Chair, 2009 & 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, Chair, 2008
  • State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana Bankers Association, Member

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Legal Lines, Volunteer
  • Ronald McDonald House, Volunteer
  • Street Law, Volunteer, 2010
  • American Cancer Society, 2010 Coaches vs. Cancer Final Four Celebration Committee, 2009-2011
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter, Board of Directors, 2007-2009
  • Ovar’Coming Together, Board of Directors, 2006
  • Thomas Carr Howe Community High School, Volunteer Coordinator, 2004-2006


Contributions & Published Works

  • “Lenders Beware: Secured Party Held Accountable for Mistaken Release of Financing Statement Securing $1.5 Billion Loan”, Hoosier Banker, 2015
  • "W.R. Grace & Co. Finally Emerges?" 31-3 ABIJ 34, April 2012




  • “Lending Tales That Make You Go Hmmmm”, IBA Mega Conference, 2015
  • “Overview of the Report from the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11”, Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2015
  • “Commercial Guarantees: Before and After Execution”, Real Estate Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2015
  • “Jurisdiction, Venue, Intervention, and the Continuing Erosion of Bankruptcy Court Authority”, Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2014
  • “When the Firm Goes Bankrupt”, Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2013
  • “Lenders Beware – War Stories from Lenders’ Counsel”, Credit Union Seminar, 2012
  • "LLC Concepts in Bankruptcy", Leonard H. Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable, 2012
  • "Small Business Debtor in Chapter 11", Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2011
  • "Intersection of Bankruptcy and Other Areas of Law", Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2010
  • "Bankruptcy Sales and Credit Bidding" (Speaker, 2010)
  • "Chapter 11 Plan Process", Steven H. Ancel Bankruptcy Institute, 2009
  • "Ethical Considerations Related to Authority to File and Source of Payment Scenarios", 2008
  • "Acquiring a Distressed Business", Indianapolis Bar Association, Business Section, 2007



Indiana University, B.A., Psychology, with highest distinction, 1999
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002

  • Indiana, 2002
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2002
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2002
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