Kirk is the supervising partner of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice group. The Bankruptcy and Restructuring group handles national cases and acts as an efficient, one-stop shop for our clients’ bankruptcy and restructuring needs. Kirk is experienced in representing secured and unsecured creditors in bankruptcy, financial restructuring and workout situations, including the representation of numerous unsecured creditors’ committees, equipment lessors, financial institutions and commercial landlords.
Kirk has also represented owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes and regularly advises developers and lenders on large real estate transactions. Additionally, Kirk has developed unique experience in many facets of shareholder litigation in different industries.
Kirk is certified in Business Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Law from the American Board of Certification. He frequently appears before the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania state courts. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.
Kirk has quickly been defined as a well-respected lawyer in his field, as is evidenced by being named a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” from 2005 to 2012 and a “Super Lawyer” in 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine. He has lectured for the National Association of Credit Management (NACM), American Bankruptcy Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a regular panelist for NBI and Lorman Educational Services on various legal topics.
In 2013, Bernstein-Burkley, P.C. was ranked by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers as a “Metropolitan First Tier Law Firm” in the areas of:
- Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
- Litigation – Bankruptcy
Kirk is the secretary of the City of Pittsburgh Planning Commission, a nine member panel appointed by the Mayor, which helps determine how land around the city will be utilized. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council about zoning ordinances, development proposals and assists in the preparation of redevelopment plans. He is also a member of the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustments. The three-member panel, appointed by the Mayor, hears appeals to consider granting variances or special exceptions to the City’s Zoning Ordinance.