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I am a Managing Attorney at Lakelaw and focus on bankruptcy, litigation, and transactional matters. I represent small and middle-market debtors, creditors and trustees in a variety of insolvency matters. I have experience representing clients in the construction, pharmaceutical, equipment leasing, and real estate industries. I regularly represent creditors in the defense of preferences, fraudulent transfers and other adversarial actions.  I also represent companies in the wind down of their affairs, including assingments for the benefit of creditors. 


I strive for excellence and efficiency in my practice. Whether working with a team of professionals or advocating the best position for my client, I am focused on producing results.


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Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: 50%
    10 years
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
    10 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    11 years
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 15%
    10 years



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


53 W. Jackson Street
Chicago, IL, 60604-3747


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200811/12/2015
FLMember in Good Standing200409/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Board Certified in Business BankruptcyAmerican Board of Certification2012
University of Florida's Most Prestigous HonoraryFlorida Blue Key2000
National Leadership HonoraryOmicron Delta Kappa1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLakelaw2009 - Present
Law ClerkUnited States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois2008 - 2009
AssociateBerger Singerman2006 - 2008
Law Clerk to the Honorable John S. DalisLaw Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Georgia2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, Bankruptcy Court Northern District of IllinoisChair2013 - Present
Bankruptcy Court Liason Committee for the Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of IllinoisMember2011 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationTechnology and Social Media Committee Member2010 - 2012
The Lawyers ClubMember2009 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Reorganization CommitteeMember2008 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2004 - Present
University of Florida Levin College of Law Journal of Technology Law and PolicyEditor-in-Chief2002 - 2003
University of Florida Student Honor CourtVice Chancellor2002 - 2003
University of Florida Levin College of Law Journal of Law and Public PolicyMember (selected by written competition)2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Ty Miles IncorporatedConfirmed Plan of Reorganization.
In re Global Estates, LLC (and related subsidiaries)Strategic victory for client. Voluntary dismissal of case.
In re Raymond PoeSuccessful 363 sale of membership interest in a Limited Liability Company.
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalStoppage in Transit: Viable Protection for Sellers of Goods in Post-BAPCPA Era2012
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Real Estate NewsletterThe Merger Doctrine and Statutory Interest on a Judgment Do Not Replace the Nondefault Contract Rate under § 362(d)(3)(B)(ii) in SARE Cases2012
American Bankruptcy Institue Journal"Doing Good" in Chapter 11 Liquidating Plans2007
Journal of the Florida Bar Business SectionCorporate & Securities Law 2006 Update2007
South Florida Business ReviewThanks to Chapter 15, South Florida Should See Wave of Transnational Insolvencies2007
South Florida Daily Business ReviewDesign in Dispute: Architectural Plans Increasingly are Foundation of Copyright Infingement Lawsuits2007
Amiercan Bankruptcy Institute JournalLast in Line: Representing Small-Business Concerns on Creditors Committees2006
Seminar on the SavannahFamily Law and Bankruptcy: New Challenges Under the B.A.P.C.P.A.2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/Alaw2003
University of FloridaHistory, Minor in Business AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TMA Global WebinarReal or Imagined? Do Recent Rulings Impact Credit Bidding & Claims Trading2014
Chicago Bar Association, Bankruptcy and Reorganization CommitteeHypotheticals & Case Studies: Analyzing Recent Commercial Bankruptcy Topics2013
Central States Bankruptcy WorkshopBurning Down the House: Mortgage Issues in Chapter 72012
Chicago Bar AssociationNuts & Bolts of Section 363 Sale Process: An overview of the disposition of assets in bankruptcy cases2011
Internal PresentationBilling, Fee Applications and the Art of Getting Paid in the Bankruptcy Court2010