Adam C. Ballinger

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Practice Areas:

  • Business Insolvency 25%
  • Insolvency-Related Litigation 25%
  • Distressed M&A Transactions 25%
  • Commercial Litigation 25%


Adam Ballinger is an attorney licensed in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law. Prior to joining Kelley, Wolter, and Scott, PA, he was a partner in the Minneapolis office of an Am Law 100 firm. He is also an adjunct professor of Bankruptcy Law at the University of Minnesota School of Law where he teaches Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy.

Adam is an active member of the bar, as well as professional organizations including the American Bankruptcy Institute. He writes and lectures nationally on bankruptcy-related topics including financial fraud, auditor malpractice, chapter 11 reorganization, and litigation. Adam has received numerous awards for his professional accomplishments. Adam was named as a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the American Bankruptcy Institute as one of forty professionals nationwide who are committed to the highest standards of achievement at work and in their communities. He also was named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Attorney of the Year (Petters Bankruptcy Team) by the Minnesota Lawyer, recognized as a "Best Lawyer" in both Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Bankruptcy Litigation categories, and a four-time Rising Star by Minnesota Super Lawyers - awarded to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys each year.

In addition to practicing in the areas of bankruptcy administration and litigation, Adam also has extensive experience in negotiating, structuring, and closing distressed mergers and acquisitions and other asset transactions, secured debt creation and collateral disposition including public and private sales under Article 9 of the UCC, financial fraud litigation domestically and internationally, auditor malpractice, and bank regulatory matters. Adam also has significant experience representing and opposing receivers appointed by both state and federal courts.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2008
  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
    • B.S. - 2004
    • Major: Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2008


  • 40 Under 40 - American Bankruptcy Institute
  • 40 Under 40 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Attorney of the Year (Petters Bankruptcy Team)
  • Best Lawyer - (Insolvency Law & Bankruptcy Litigation)
  • Rising Star - Minnesota Super Lawyers

Classes & Seminars

  • Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy, University of Minnesota School of Law, 01/01/2018 to Present

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Youthlink Legal Clinic, 01/2010 to 07/2020
  • Legal Aid of Minnesota, 01/2010 to 07/2020

Published Works

  • UCC Financing Statements: The Search for Certainty in Collateral Description, 30 No. 3 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. NL Art. 3, 3, 2021

Past Positions

  • Ballard Spahr, LLP, Partner, 01/2017 to 07/2020
  • Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, Partner, 09/2008 to 12/2016