Brian J. Koenig


Koley Jessen P.C.
1125 South 103 Street
Suite 800
Omaha, NE 68124

Tel: 402.343.3883


Brian Koenig helps clients win high-stakes disputes. Brian has vast experience in complex commercial bankruptcy, litigation, and trust matters and leads the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice at Koley Jessen, where he is a shareholder and Vice Chair of the Litigation Department. A strategic thinker and pragmatic problem solver with a significant record of success, he is the trusted bankruptcy and litigation counsel in proceedings throughout the country for multiple publicly-traded companies, private equity firms, privately-held businesses, and prominent individuals.

In his commercial bankruptcy and financially-distressed transactions practice, Brian counsels a variety of clients including creditors, debtors, bankruptcy trustees, creditor committees, and post-bankruptcy investors, to help them evaluate risks, minimize their exposure, maximize their recoveries, structure transactions, and cost-effectively resolve issues. A previous 40 under 40 honoree by the American Bankruptcy Institute, Brian has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters and in The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation and litigation – bankruptcy and by Chambers and Partners for his Bankruptcy/Restructuring work.

Brian’s experience includes:

  • Identifying, negotiating, and implementing strategies for distressed companies and individuals both in and out of bankruptcy;
  • Litigating contested matters in state and federal courts, including actions under guaranties, replevin actions, avoidance actions, objections to discharge, dischargeability actions, preference claims, subordination claims, equitable recharacterization claims, plan confirmation objections, relief from stay motions, 503(b)(9) administrative expense claims, proof of claim allowance, fraudulent transfer claims, and other disputes under the Bankruptcy Code;
  • Formulating strategies to assist banks and companies dealing with financially-distressed and bankrupt customers to maximize their recoveries; and
  • Negotiating out-of-court workout and forbearance agreements.

Brian is a frequent author and lecturer on bankruptcy and litigation topics, having presented nationally through Strafford and the TMA and locally at the Omaha Commercial Real Estate Summit. Brian also has written numerous articles that have been published in The Nebraska Lawyer, among other publications.

Our Omaha-based bankruptcy attorneys understand the complexities of business bankruptcy and have experience in courts all across the country representing stakeholders inside and outside of bankruptcy. We represent financially distressed businesses, their boards, management, owners, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, creditor committees, lenders, bankruptcy trustees, investors, and potential acquirers, handling restructurings in and out of court, business reorganizations, acquisitions, liquidations, and litigation. We have helped hundreds of businesses successfully navigate difficult financial circumstances outside of bankruptcy by developing and implementing creative solutions for their financial needs and realities.

Our lawyers also have experience advocating for clients in bankruptcy-related litigation matters, including avoidance actions, objections to discharge, dischargeability actions, preference claims, subordination claims, equitable recharacterization claims, plan confirmation objections, relief from stay motions, Section 503(b)(9) administrative expense claims, and other disputes under the Bankruptcy Code. In addition, we regularly represent clients in breach of contract cases, actions under guaranties, replevin actions, and fraudulent transfer claims.

Koley Jessen is a strategically growing law firm serving the needs of businesses and their owners, executives, and professionals in Nebraska and around the country. As a multi-discipline firm, we serve a wide variety of legal needs.

Our team encompasses over 100 attorneys. With extensive and diverse expertise, we work as a team, utilizing each other’s knowledge and skills to provide well-rounded legal advice to help our clients achieve personal and business success.

Since our inception in 1988, we have had the privilege of representing a diverse clientele throughout the Midwest, the United States, and the world in a variety of legal matters. Our clients include individuals in need of basic estate plans, high net worth individuals needing complex succession strategies, public and private companies, private equity funds, family offices, start-ups, closely held businesses, and health care organizations.