Travis A. Knobbe
office 412.325.3311
Pittsburgh, PA
mobile 540.355.0389
  • Overview
  • Services
  • Distinctions
  • Admissions
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Resources

Mr. Knobbe's primary practice area is creditors' rights and bankruptcy litigation, where he has focused a majority of his time over the past decade. He also has experience in commercial litigation, having chaired several multi-day jury and bench trials. Mr. Knobbe has engaged with clients in a variety of industries including traditional and non-traditional lenders, trade vendors, ad hoc committees, trustees, and others, representing their rights before, during, and after bankruptcy. Sometimes, that experience requires his litigation knowledge. Other times, that experience requires a workout focus informed by his experience trying to correct problems created by issues with loan documents, agreements, and the like.


  • Bethany College, B.A., English Literature, 2004
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 2008


Creditors' Rights/Bankruptcy (80% of experience)

  • Obtained multiple judgments denying discharge of debtors after bench trials, see e.g., Branch Banking and Trust Company v. Evans, 538 B.R. 268 (Bankr. W.D. Va. 2015)
  • Managed active docket of hundreds of commercial creditors’ rights cases in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia resulting in cumulative collections of over $40,000,000.00 in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts
  • Developed and executed aggressive recovery strategy leading to appointment of Chapter 11 Trustee in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in highly contested dispute over $19 million loan package to coal enterprise entities, see In re Sabbatical, Inc., 2017 WL 1157120 (Bankr. S.D. W.Va. Mar. 24, 2017)
  • Successfully advocated for rights of trade creditors in multiple large Chapter 11 cases (i.e., Circuit City, Murray Energy Group, Furniture Brands, Health Diagnostics, World Imports, et. als.), including obtaining trade vendor status, pursuing 503(b)(9) recovery, and limiting preference exposure and liability
  • Successfully defended foreclosing Virginia trustee for action taken to maximize value of real property against attempts by adjacent property owner to exercise right of first refusal, see Quality Props. Asset Mgmt. Co. v. Trump Va. Acquisitions, LLC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115225 (W.D. Va. Aug. 16, 2012)
  • Represented secured and unsecured lenders in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts in all facets including pursuit of fraudulent conveyance actions, pursuit of fraud claims, pursuit of conversion and dismissal, pursuit of relief from stay, defense against injunction actions to extend the automatic stay to apply to non-debtors in bankruptcy, defense against lien avoidance litigation, defense of lender liability counterclaims, et. als.
  • Managed nationwide collection practice for medical testing equipment supplier
  • Pursued and defended dozens of avoidance actions in bankruptcy courts
  • Represented ad hoc committees and sitting members of unsecured creditors’ committees in various bankruptcy cases

Commercial Litigation (20% of experience)

  • Developed and executed aggressive litigation strategy carrying across federal courts in Virginia and Georgia to obtain judgment of over $2.7 million for commercial landlord against nursing home operator and guarantor, see Elderberry of Weber City, LLC v. Living Centers – Southeast, Inc., 971 F. Supp.2d 575 (W.D. Va. 2013)
  • First chair experience in multiple jury and bench trials in following areas:  securities fraud, residential and commercial construction disputes, easement disputes, bankruptcy fraud, franchisee liability disputes, and various commercial contract matters

Appellate Litigation Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Construction Law Litigation


  • Listed by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Virginia Super Lawyers as a Rising Star
  • Order of Barristers
  • M. E. Lugar Trial Association
  • CALI Awards in Torts, Civil Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, and Judicial Power and Restraint


  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Georgia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Editor, Spilman's bankruptcy e-newsletter
  • Presenter at multiple bankruptcy CLEs and seminars on topics ranging from enforcement of creditors' rights to technology in the bankruptcy courtroom
  • Student Note, “Brennan v. Scalia: Justice or Jurisprudence?  A Moderate Proposal,” 110 W. Va. L. Rev. 1265 (2008)
  • West Virginia Law Review
Making Sense of Incoming NIL Compensation Rules Spilman Attorneys Named to 2021 PA Super Lawyers Lists Buyer Beware: Structured and Leveraged Buyout May Breach Fiduciary Obligations All Consuming - Financial Litigation Insights: Issue 4, 2020 The Discharge in Bankruptcy - Open Avenues for Consumer Creditors Bankruptcy Chatter and COVID-19: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Insights, Issue 1 How to Identify and React to Fraud in the COVID-19 Era Subchapter V and the Single Asset Real Estate Debtor in a COVID-19 World Spilman Attorneys Named to 2020 PA Super Lawyers Lists The Use of Receiverships in Pre-Bankruptcy Litigation