Shelley Kinsella has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and employment law matters. Her bankruptcy practice often intersects with employment law and health care law issues. She is a Six Sigma Green Belt, which she uses whenever applicable to provide cost efficiencies for her clients.

Shelley represents debtors, unsecured creditors’ committees, equity committees, class action claimants, Chapter 11 and 7 trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors in complex reorganization and liquidation cases. She has prosecuted and defended hundreds of bankruptcy avoidance and fraudulent conveyance actions, as well as managed the claims objection process for various debtor estates. Shelley has represented public and privately held companies in out-of-court restructuring and traditional bankruptcy cases.

She also has experience in defending involuntary bankruptcies and representing buyers of distressed companies. She also has experience, both in and out of federal bankruptcy court, litigating noncompetition grants, ERISA and employee benefits matters. Additionally, she has represented whistleblowers and qui tam claimants before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

She has served as mediator for multiple litigations pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware as part of the court’s mediator panel, and completed the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mediation Training Program.

A speaker and author, Shelley co-authored a chapter on alternative dispute resolution in the American Bar Association’s Reorganizing Failing Businesses, and has co-authored several articles in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s ABI Journal.


Prior to joining Armstrong Teasdale, Shelley served as shareholder and managing partner of the Wilmington, Delaware, office for a regional law firm. She has more than 20 years of experience in private practice.

While earning her J.D. from Loyola Law School, she served as Senior Articles Editor for the Entertainment Law Review. She was an American Bar Association National Finalist on the school’s Moot Court team.


  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles  (J.D., 2000)
    • Entertainment Law Review (Senior Articles Editor)
    • American Bar Association National Finalist (Moot Court team)
  • University of California, Irvine  (B.A., with honors, 1994)


  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) (Fellow, 2016)

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Human Rights Campaign (Member)
  • Alternative Court for Teens (Volunteer)
  • ReadAloud Delaware (Volunteer)
  • Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate (Volunteer)
  • Wilmington Academy of the Dance (Secretary)
  • Delaware Symphony Orchestra (Board of Directors)


  • “Information Technology Deal of the Year (Under $250MM),” M&A Advisor (2018)
  • “Large Company Transaction of the Year,” Turnaround Management Association National Award (2014)
  • “Agriculture Deal of the Year,” International M&A Advisor (2014)
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