Chad J. Kutmas (918) 430-3705 | Fax: (918) 430-3770 | ckutmas@mmmsk.com | vCard

Chad J. Kutmas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1999 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2002. While in law school, Mr. Kutmas served as Articles Research Editor for the Tulsa Law Review.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Kutmas served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. Michael, Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. After completing his federal judicial clerkship in 2004, Mr. Kutmas joined a full service law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 2004 until 2010, where he represented a broad spectrum of clients in bankruptcy and civil litigation matters. Through his diverse representations, Mr. Kutmas has experience in oil and gas matters, manufacturing, wholesale distribution operations, retail operations, healthcare, and banking.

Mr. Kutmas has been selected as a Rising Star for 2009 and 2010 by Oklahoma Super Lawyers. Thomson Reuters, the company that publishes state-specific Super Lawyers magazines throughout the country, rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers list is limited to five percent of the lawyers per jurisdiction, and the Rising Stars list is limited to 2.5 percent of the lawyers per jurisdiction. Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40 years old and younger.

Mr. Kutmas is admitted to the bar of the State of Oklahoma and is admitted in the United States district courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western districts of Oklahoma, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bankruptcy Experience

Mr. Kutmas has provided various bankruptcy-related services for companies seeking to reorganize their business affairs and maximize the value of their assets, or official committees appointed in such cases. In addition, he has provided various bankruptcy-related services for creditors seeking to protect their interests in bankruptcy. Mr. Kutmas also has experience prosecuting and defending bankruptcy appeals. The following are representative bankruptcy matters that Mr. Kutmas has been engaged:

  • representation of a telecommunications company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Oklahoma;
  • representation of a 26 store grocery chain in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a $24 million sale of the company’s assets;
  • representation of the unsecured creditors’ committee of a regional food distribution company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in the confirmation of a plan of liquidation by the unsecured creditors’ committee that ultimately paid out over $25 million to unsecured creditors;
  • representation of a large warehouse facility in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a confirmed plan of reorganization;
  • representation of a natural gas gathering company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a sale of the company’s assets;
  • representation of an Oklahoma municipality in a Chapter 9 case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, which resulting in a confirmed plan of adjustment;
  • representation of multiple oil and gas companies owed over $60 million in the aggregate in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, and Wyoming in a large oil and gas marketing company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware;
  • representation of the pre-petition service lender owed $34 million in an oil and gas producer bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a confirmed plan of reorganization;
  • representation of a DIP lender in an oil and gas producer bankruptcy case pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas;
  • representation of the pre-petition secured lender owed $25 million in a drilling company bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a confirmed plan of reorganization; and
  • representation of an over-the-road trucking company, which is pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Civil Litigation

Mr. Kutmas has represented private individuals, small businesses, and large companies in litigation over commercial matters. The following are representative civil matters that Mr. Kutmas has been engaged:

  • defended a mental health service provider against charges of discrimination by a former independent contractor in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in summary judgment in favor of the company;
  • defended a flooring manufacturing company against dangerous product allegations in Oklahoma state court, which was dismissed with prejudice;
  • defended a national rent-to-own company in a jury trial against charges of willful misconduct in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma that resulted in a favorable verdict;
  • prosecuted claims against multiple banking institutions in a check cashing scheme in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, which resulted in a favorable out-of-court settlement;
  • prosecuting claims against major oil companies and Wall Street firms on behalf of oil and gas companies with production in OK, TX, KS, NM, and WY in federal and state court in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Delaware.