Throughout her legal career, Lynn Tavenner has focused on bankruptcy and insolvency matters in various forms. She has served as a court-appointed mediator in several large bankruptcy matters in the Eastern District of Virginia. She also has represented—

  • Chapter 11 debtors
  • Official committees of unsecured creditors
  • Stalking horse purchasers
  • Chapter 7 and liquidation trustees

Lynn has also represented entities in out-of-court reorganizations and liquidations. Lynn is a Chapter 11 trustee as well as litigation trustee in cases filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.  In addition, since 1997, she has served as a member of the Chapter 7 panel of trustee in Richmond, Virginia.  She has also served as a corporate receiver in matters pending in the Virginia circuit court system. Lynn is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and previously served two three-year terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute, where she continues to serve in various capacities, including as a member of the Regional Endowment Committee for the ABI Endowment Fund. In addition, Lynn currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Chair of Credit Abuse Resistance Education, Inc. (CARE).

Before entering private practice, Lynn served as a bankruptcy law clerk to the Honorable Douglas O. Tice Jr. in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia.

She is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars for local and state bar associations and business organizations.

An AV® Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, Lynn has been recognized in Best Lawyers for five consecutive years as the Richmond Area Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year in her fields and most recently as the 2019 Richmond Area Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy/Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law category. Lynn also has been selected as one of the Top 25 Female Attorneys by Virginia Super Lawyers.  She has been recognized in the Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights field in numerous editions of Best Lawyers in AmericaVirginia Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business Magazine.

Practice areas

  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy litigation
  • Out-of-court debt restructuring
  • Receiverships
  • Corporate dissolutions
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate


Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1989


  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education
    • Chairman of the Board
  • The Bar Association for the City of Richmond
    • Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Past Chair: Board of Governors, Bankruptcy Section
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Past Member, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees


When not practicing law, Lynn enjoys spending time on her family farm with her son and many nieces and nephews.  If there were a few more hours in every day, Lynn would spend more time on the boardwalk at the beach biking and skating and riding 4-wheelers on her farm with her family.