Kiran Phansalkar has practiced commercial law for the past twenty-five (25) years focusing on complex  litigation including mortgage loan repurchase cases and cases involving enforcements of creditors’ rights in all forums.  Mr. Phansalkar also has significant experience in all types of business transactions including commercial finance transactions, leases and real estate sales and acquisitions.

In the litigation area, Mr. Phansalkar has represented institutional clients in breach of contract cases against sellers of mortgage loan portfolios resulting in multiple favorable jury verdicts.  He also represents REITs, conduit and traditional lenders in complex commercial foreclosure matters in Oklahoma, Texas and the surrounding region, as well as successfully defending lender liability claims against the same types of lenders.

In the insolvency and bankruptcy reorganization area, Mr. Phansalkar has represented all types of creditors including secured mortgage lenders, receivable financiers, significant unsecured creditors and general trade creditors in bankruptcy courts across the country.  He has developed an expertise in loan workouts and debt restructuring as a result.  Mr. Phansalkar has also been appointed by various bankruptcy courts to represent creditors’ committees and bondholder committees in commercial chapter 11 reorganization cases. 

Mr. Phansalkar has had the privilege to argue cases in front of both the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.  Mr. Phansalkar has also been involved in numerous cases in which the court's opinion was subsequently published, some of which still have precedential effect today. A sampling of these cases are as follows:

In re Millennium Multiple Employer Welfare Benefit Plan, 470 B.R. 207 (Bankr. W.D. Okla. 2012)

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. LaSalle Bank National Association, Case No. 5:08-cv-1125-C (W.D. 2011)

Rockwell Acquisitions, Inc. v. Ross Dress for Less, Inc., Case No. 09-6065 (10th Cir. 2011)

In re Elijah Thomas Dunlap, Jr., 217 F.3rd 311 (5th Cir. 2000)

In re Health Back, L.L.C., 226 B.R. 464 (Bankr. W.D. Okla. 1998)

In re BMW Group I, Ltd., 168 B.R. 731 (Bank. W.D. Okla. 1994)

In re Landmark Land Company, 136 B.R. 410 (D.S. Car. 1992)

In re Oklahoma City Broadcasting Company, d/b/a KGML-TV, 112 B.R. 425 (Bank. W.D. Okla. 1990)

Mr. Phansalkar has developed a high degree of competence in handling all types of real estate transactions including his representation of a number of commercial developers and institutional and private equity lenders who build, own, operate and finance commercial real estate projects throughout the southwest as well as representation of clients involved in sales and acquisitions of income producing properties.  Mr. Phansalkar holds both an Oklahoma and Texas license to practice law and is recognized by each of the following organizations: Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

2018 Land Use and Zoning Law Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City University College of Law Adjunct Professor (Civil Procedure)

Oklahoma Law Review Former Research Editor

Martindale Hubbel AV Rating

Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers

Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (2013-2020)

2018 Best Lawyers in America Land Use and Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Super Lawyers

Community & Professional

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Oklahoma Bar Association (Bankruptcy)

American Bankruptcy Institute


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University of Oklahoma, J.D., with distinction, 1985

Oklahoma State University, B.S., 1982


  • Oklahoma - 1985
  • Texas - 1990
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