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Jill Nicholson has represented a broad array of clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, including secured lenders, special servicers, creditors committees, SIPA trustees, bondholder committees, foreign representatives, unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, indenture trustees, commercial landlords, governmental agencies, and federally chartered entities. Her experience encompasses all facets of bankruptcy and insolvency, including Chapter 11 plan restructuring and related litigation, 363 sales, valuation disputes, single asset real estate, debtor-in-possession financing, tax credit bond finance deals, adversary actions, bankruptcy appeals, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and broker-dealer liquidations.


Practice areas


  1. Chapter 11: 75%
    18 years
  2. Class Action: 25%
    12 years

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  • Yvonne Marie O'Connor

    I endorse this lawyer. Jill is the consummate professional and always puts her clients' needs first. She has worked for Foley for the vast majority of her career and risen through the ranks there specifically because she is a legal superstar. Anyone facing her is up against a formidable opponent and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any business needing a bankruptcy attorney.


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Foley & Lardner, LLP

90 Park Avenue
New York, NY, 10016



NYCurrently registered 200703/13/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™Martindale-Hubbell2012
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Leading Lawyer, Finance – Corporate RestructuringLegal 5002010
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Business Bankruptcy SpecialistAmerican Board of Certification2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
National Chair, Bankruptcy & Business ReorganizationsFoley & Lardner, LLP2012 - Present
AttorneyFoley & Lardner LLP1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Network, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring ConfederationFormer Chair2004 - Present
International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring ConfederationFormer Vice Director of North American Programs2003 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/A1999 - Present
Turnaround Management AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Figueroa v. Merscorp, Inc., et al., 2012 U.S. App. Lexis 9574 (11th Cir. 2012)Win
Collins v. Wickersham, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 40098 (E.D. Mich. 2012)Win
•Cervantes, et al. v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., et al., 656 F. 3d 1034 (9th Cir. 2011)Win
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mortgage and Asset Backed Securities Litigation Handbook (West Publications)Lender and Originator Bankruptcy2012
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Business Bankruptcy PracticeInvoluntary Bankruptcy2011
Bankruptcy Law360Weighing Chapter 11 For Nonprofits In The 5th Circuit2011
The Real Estate Finance JournalKey Considerations for Commercial Landlords When Faced With a Tenant's Bankruptcy2007
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalThe Importance of Full Disclosure in Seeking Success Fees under § 328(a): How Engaging is Your Engagement Letter?2007
American Bankruptcy Institute's Cracking the CodeSeventh Circuit Addresses Chapter 7 Trustee's Ability to Serve as Class Action Representative2003
Illinois State Bar Association’s The ChallengeFraudulent Transfers Under the Bankruptcy Code2002
American Bankruptcy Institute's Cracking the CodeSeventh Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Burden of Proof Remains with Taxpayers1999
6 University of Illinois Elder Law Journal 77Promises Made, Promises Broken: Securing Defined Benefit Pension Plan Income in the Wake of Employer Bankruptcy. Should We Rethink Priority Status for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation?1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of ChicagoEnglish Language & LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pocket MBA: Finance for LawyersSolvency, Restructuring and Bankruptcy2012
Lorman Education ServicesCollection Techniques for Landlords2012
Adjunct Professor of LawAdvanced Commercial Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring2012
Pocket MBA: Finance for LawyersSolvency, Restructuring and Bankruptcy2011
Lorman Education ServicesCommercial Tenant Bankruptcies: Understanding Rights, Remedies, and Strategies2011
IWIRC Chicago NetworkThe Nuts and Bolts of Single Asset Real Estate2011
Association of Corporate Counsel Annual MeetingThe Care and Feeding of Corporate Employees as Witnesses2011
IWIRC International Fall ConferenceThe ABC's of the FDIC, SIPC & SEC: All You Wanted to Know About Non-Traditional Insolvency Proceedings2009
American Bankruptcy Institute Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy ConferenceBranding the Cattle: Executory Contracts – How to Keep the Ones You Want2009
The Subprime Lending CrisisThe Fallout from the Subprime Lending Crisis2008
Lorman Education ServicesStrategies for Surviving the Depressed Home Construction Market2008
Eleventh Annual Conference on Corporate ReorganizationsCase Studies in Financial Market Insolvency2008
American Bar Association's Environment, Energy, and Resources Law SummitThe Subprime Lending Crisis, Impending Recession, and the New Rules for Environmental Properties in Bankruptcy2008