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Lawrence R. Ahern III

Adjunct Professor of Law
Partner, Brown & Ahern

Larry Ahern is a partner of Brown & Ahern, based in Nashville, where his national practice focuses on legal consulting with professionals and alternate dispute resolution (ADR) involving questions of commercial, real estate and bankruptcy law.

After his 1972 graduation from Vanderbilt and admission to the Tennessee bar, he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law until 2013, when he formed a partnership with retired Bankruptcy Judge William Houston Brown, with a law practice limited to legal consulting engagements by attorneys and financial professionals, mediation and other ADR, on issues involving bankruptcy, real estate and commercial law, including expert testimony, teaching and speaking.

Professor Ahern has been a member of Vanderbilt's adjunct law faculty, teaching Secured Transactions, since 1998. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He also chaired both the American Board of Certification and the Tennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization and continues to serve as Director Emeritus. Professor Ahern serves on the advisory board of the St. John's Law School Bankruptcy LL.M. program, where also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Bankruptcy Procedure, and was a visiting professor at Cumberland School of Law, teaching Secured Transactions and Banking, in 2002. He is a director of the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, and his other professional affiliations include the American Bankruptcy Institute (former director) and the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute (former director and president). A frequent speaker, he has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles on bankruptcy and commercial law.


Representative Publications

  • "Secured Transactions" (Chapter 7) and "Mortgages" (Chapter 8) in Law of Debtors and Creditors, Thomson Reuters (2014)
  • Bankruptcy Procedure Manual, Thomson Reuters 16th edition (2014) (co-author)
  • Bankruptcy Exemption Manual, Thomson Reuters 16th edition (2014) (co-author)
  • Environmental Obligations in Bankruptcy, Thomson Reuters 5th edition (2014) (co-author)
  • 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Legislation with Analysis, Thomson West (lst edition 2005, 2nd edition 2006) (co-author)
  • "Homestead and Other Exemptions Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act: Observations On 'Asset Protection' after 2005," 13 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 585 (2005)
  • "'Workouts' under Revised Article 9: A Review of Changes and Proposal for Study," 9 American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review 115 (2001)