Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, NV


Address: 50 West Liberty Street, Suite 1100
Reno , NV 89501

Phone: (775) 398-4741

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Practice Areas

Bankruptcy Law

Practice Highlights:

Lou heads the bankruptcy practice at Kaempfer Crowell in Las Vegas and Reno. He and the firm represent secured and unsecured creditors, creditor committees, trustees, purchasers and defendants in estate litigation. He routinely advises businesses, banks and government entities on how to protect themselves and maximize their return in commercial disputes.

Business bankruptcy is the touchstone for his practice, both with reorganizing and liquidating companies. He also is regularly involved in litigation, receiverships, and tax disputes. His clients include individual, private, and commercial lenders, banks and credit unions, landlords, vendors, insurance companies and investors. He often advises clients on risk assessment before and after bankruptcy, including topics such as accounts receivable, collection efforts, collateral, and guarantor obligations. Lou regularly appears in Nevada’s state and federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts. His work also has taken him to Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.


Lou is an outdoors advocate, supporting the amazing public lands in Nevada. He is on the board of directors for Friends of Nevada Wilderness, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting present and potential wilderness within the state. He has won multiple Blue Helmet awards from Friends over the years for his extensive time volunteering on service projects in wilderness around the state. He also is on the board of directors of the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition, another 501(c)(3) entity designed to advocate for the industries and policies that benefit from outdoor recreation on Nevada’s public lands. He volunteered with the coalition that successfully advocated for the presidential proclamation of the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Nevada in 2023.


  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute’s Southwest Conference, 2022 and 2023; Sponsorship Chair, 2019, 2020 and 2021; Member 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute’s Western Consumer Conference, 2013 and 2014
  • Member, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ Next Generation Committee, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Past president, Northern Nevada Bankruptcy Bar Association;  repeated co-author and presenter, Year in Review programs since 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America® for litigation-bankruptcy in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Best Lawyers in America® for litigation-environmental in 2022, 2023 and 2024
  • Super Lawyer Mountain States for bankruptcy (business and litigation) in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023
  • Legal Elite by Nevada Business Magazine for bankruptcy and commercial litigation in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021


J.D. University of Oregon, 2004
B.A.J. Indiana University, 2000
Wabash College

Bar Admission:

Nevada 2004

Court Admission:

Nevada Supreme Court, 2004
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2005
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Nevada, 2005
Ninth Circuit U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 2011
Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 2012