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I focus on business bankruptcy and on other ways of helping businesses in financial distress.  Restructuring and workout tools include chapter 11 business bankruptcy and assignments for the benefit of creditors.  I represent debtors (borrowers) as well as creditors and purchasers of distressed assets, both in and out of bankruptcy. ---

I spend much of my free time writing about bankruptcy, other restructuring topics, and other legal topics.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Mergers & Acquisitions: 25%
    21 years, 25 cases
  2. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 25%
    21 years, 100 cases
  3. Venture Capital: 10%
  4. Debt & Lending Agreements: 10%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    William Ridings Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
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    Jon is one of the most knowledgable Chapter 11 practitioners in the field. He has excellent analytical insight and ability to understand client issues from a business person's persepective. He adds gret value to his cases.


    Robert Scheinbaum Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC

2 North LaSalle
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL, 60602-3709


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199911/12/2015
NYCurrently registered 199603/13/2015
AZInactive 199506/01/2015
NJAdministrative - Not authorized to practice199409/10/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerN/A2007
A/V RatedN/A2007
Super LawyerN/A2005
Retired MemberHorace Rumpole Inn of Court1998
Principal Contributing EditorNorton Bankruptcy Law and PracticeN/A
Advisory BoardAmerican Bankruptcy Institute Law ReviewN/A
Editorial BoardThe Corporate CounselorN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchiff Hardin2007 - Present
PartnerKirkland & Ellis LLP2000 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Turnaround Management AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Association for Corporate GrowthN/A2007 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteBoard of Directors1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Musicland Holdings, Inc.Successful sale of all assets.
In re Hydraulic Technologies, Inc.Successful sale consumated in less than 60 days.
In re HomeLife CorporationSuccessful sale and confirmation of chapter 11 pla
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Publication nameTitleDate
Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businessesprincipal author and editor in chief of entire treatise2008
The Corprorate CounselorPaddling Down Esopus Creek: Using Bankruptcy as a Corporate Governance Tool2007
Norton Bankruptcy Law AdviserCharacterizing the Current State of Recharacterization: Radnor is Not All You Need to Know2007
Daily Bankruptcy ReviewThe Non-Uniform Reality of "Uniform" Bankruptcy Laws2007
Journal of Bankruptcy Law & PracticePostconfirmation Liquidation Vehicles: An Overview2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolN/AN/A1994
State University of AlbanyBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Turnaround Management Association Toronto Annual SymposiumFiduciary Duties in the Zone of Insolvency2007
American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring MeetingCorporate Governanance for Troubled Companies2007
Annual Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute IIChapter 112006
State Bar of Arizona Annual MeetingBankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act2005
Nuts & Bolts of BankruptcyChapter 11 Bankruptcy2004
INSOL International Annual ConferenceAsset Protection Trusts as a Wealth Preservation Strategy2003