Connie A. Lahn

  • 225 South Sixth Street
    Suite 2800
    Minneapolis, MN 55402-4662

Connie A. Lahn is the managing partner of the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg. She is a member of the Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring Department and co-chairs the Asset Revitalization Practice Group. Ms. Lahn is also the co-chair of the firm’s Special Servicer Team. She also serves on the firm's diversity and inclusion committee. Ms. Lahn focuses her practice on bankruptcy law, workouts, equipment leasing issues, foreclosures, real estate remedies, commercial mortgage-backed securities defaults, and related commercial litigation. Additionally, she advises on UAV matters. Ms. Lahn has a national practice representing Fortune 500 clients across the country. She has appeared in cases such as Hostess Brands, Inc.; Petters Company, Inc.; Polaroid Corporation; Delta Air Lines, Inc.; Lyman Lumber Company; and Northwest Airlines.

She represents financial institutions, creditors, and equipment lessors in major restructuring cases. Ms. Lahn considers her relationship with clients on workouts and defaults as that of a trusted business partner who understands the business objectives and the sensitivities of such matters. She has represented a number of national clients with workouts and foreclosures of their major loan portfolios.

Ms. Lahn also represents unsecured creditors’ committees and liquidatory trusts. She represented the creditors committee in one of the largest Ponzi scheme cases in the nation. In addition, she represents the creditors committee in one of the nation’s oldest and largest lumber cases. Ms. Lahn also has bankruptcy appellate experience having participated in numerous bankruptcy appeals on behalf of clients, including preparing numerous amicus briefs.

Ms. Lahn has been active in every major aviation bankruptcy. This has given her an intimate understanding of the aviation industry and led her to form the firm's UAV Practice Group. She is a frequent presenter on UAV issues and regularly advises clients on UAV issues, privacy and procedural issues.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Lahn was a shareholder and chair of the Bankruptcy & Insolvency Group at Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A., in Minneapolis. In addition, she previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dennis D. O’Brien, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota.

Ms. Lahn has been recognized on the Minnesota Super Lawyers list every year since 2007 and was named on the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the 2013-2016 editions. Similarly, she was named one of Minnesota's Top 100 Women Attorneys in both 2008 and 2009 by Super Lawyers. In the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Ms. Lahn was recognized for her work in bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency reorganization law.

In addition, she received the CorporateINTL Legal Award for Insolvency Law in 2012 and 2013. She also has earned an AV Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell®, and was selected for the 2004-2005 Leadership Twin Cities program through the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Lahn is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel's "Nation's Top Attorneys (Top One Percent)."

She often speaks on bankruptcy topics, including casino bankruptcies, chapter 11 issues and restructuring issues.

Ms. Lahn received her J.D., magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law and her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from St. Cloud State University.

She is admitted to practice law in the state of Minnesota and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the Minnesota state courts.