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Christopher John Horvay

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Chicago, IL

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With more than 36 years experience, Christopher J. Horvay has represented senior creditors and asset-based lenders in complex litigation, workout and bankruptcy matters across the country. His practice also involves the representation of asset-based lenders in the documentation of complex loan transactions and in litigation disputes as well as the representation of creditor committees and liquidation trustees in litigation relating to fraudulent conveyances. Chris has consistently been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2006, as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer for the last two years in commercial bankruptcies and workouts.

Chris's recent creditor representations include senior secured lenders in Clark Retail Enterprises and United Airlines, significant landlord interests in K-Mart Corporation, and as special counsel to plaintiffs in Price v. Phillip Morris. He also served as debtor's counsel in a number of significant business bankruptcy cases, including Ben Franklin Stores in the Northern District of Illinois. Chris has represented numerous asset purchasers, including Newport News, Inc. and Spiegel Catalog, Inc., and sellers in transactions involving troubled companies as well as assignees for the benefit of creditors in out-of-court liquidations. He recently defended former directors and officers of troubled companies in litigation brought against them by bankruptcy trustees.

Chris has undertaken a leadership role in the Turnaround Management Association's Chicago/Midwest chapter since its inception. He previously served as a TMA National Director from 1999 through 2002, as well as president of the Chicago/Midwest chapter in 1997 and 1998. In 2004, Chris was recognized by the Chicago chapter as its Educator of the Year. From 2014 through 2016, he has served as President of the Chapter's Scholarship Foundation Board. In November 2016, he received the Chapter's Legend Award for outstanding service to the Chapter and the profession.

Licensed for 46 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1976
Updated 01/06/2023

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Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 3000
Chicago, IL, 60602


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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great to Work With!
Christopher J. Horvay is one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated leaders I've worked with. He's highly professional and very responsive.


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gould & Ratner
  • 1999 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Holleb & Coff
  • 1986 - 1999


  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences
  • Board of Visitors
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1976 - Present
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • National Director
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Chicago/Midwest Chapter President
  • 1997 - 1998
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer in: Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Turnaround Legend of the Year
  • Turnaround Managment Association
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Educator of the Year
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 1986
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  • Strategic Alternatives for and Against Distressed Businesses
  • Co-author
  • 2017

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Chicago Bankruptcy and debt Lawyer Christopher John Horvay
Christopher John Horvay
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 46 years