Mr. Keltner is a senior member and past chair of the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Department. He also has served on the Management Committee and has chaired the Recruiting and Associates’ Committees. He has handled a wide variety of business, real estate and litigation matters during more than 50 years at the firm, and has extensive experience in real estate loan, sale and purchase transactions, in other real estate activities, in bankruptcy, commercial and real estate litigation, and in creditors’ rights.
Since the mid-1980s, Mr. Keltner has concentrated his practice in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy and workout areas. He has been certified in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification since 1992. He is an appointed member of the panel of compensated mediators in Arizona bankruptcy cases. He was a member of the committee that reviewed, rewrote and consolidated the Arizona Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and General Orders; and he previously served on the committee which originally drafted and proposed those rules.
His bankruptcy and insolvency experience has included representation of (i) utilities, (ii) a hotel trustee, (iii) as special counsel, trustees and estates at the trial level and on appeal, (iv) other lawyers, (v) the Arizona Director of Insurance as receiver of an interstate insurance company, (vi) a union health, welfare and pension fund, (vii) Executive Security Plan beneficiaries, (viii) real property lenders, sellers, lessors and lessees, (ix) contract and non-contract medical service providers, (x) a participant in electrical and nuclear generating stations, (xi) a utility participant in the California Power Exchange and with the California Independent Systems Operator, (xii) gasoline and food suppliers, (xiii) aircraft and aircraft engine sellers and lessors, (xiv) the trustee of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, (xv) preference and fraudulent transfer defendants and (xvi) reclamation claimants. Mr. Keltner’s bankruptcy and workout experience and perspectives have been enhanced by his experience representing lenders, buyers and sellers in negotiating, documenting and processing multimillion-dollar transactions and by his real estate and appellate experience.
His real estate experience has included (i) representation of developers of a large master-planned community, as well as condominium, townhouse, business park and other planned area developments, (ii) negotiating and drafting leases, (iii) prosecuting and defending surety bond claims and mechanics lien foreclosures, and (iv) defending claims against title companies. He has litigated contested mortgage foreclosures and guaranty claims. He also has briefed and processed more than 40 appeals in federal, state and military courts.
Mr. Keltner received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Arizona State University College of Law and was three term president of the college’s Law Society. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America both in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law and in Real Estate Law; and in Southwest Super Lawyers he was selected as among the top 5% of lawyers in Arizona. In 2008, he received a special award from the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona for his “sustained contribution to the Arizona Bankruptcy Bar.”