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Leibowitz Law Center/Lakelaw provides high quality legal services in financial matters to people and businesses. Our principal focus is on bankrutpcy, insolvency and mortgage foreclosure defense.  We have received national recognition in these fields and are considered by Avvo to be among the best in the nation.


We serve your legal needs from Chicago to Milwaukee, with offices in Waukegan, Kenosha and Chicago. We treat our clients with care, kindness, courtesy, respect, professionalism and dedicated commitment. You will receive downtown expertise from our firm without the downtown hassle. We are honored to receive many referrals from clients and lawyers alike.


In addition to my work as an attorney, I have been very involved in civic affairs, having served on two school boards and my local library board as well. 

For many years, I was a youth soccer referee, having officiated in hundreds of matches from U-6 to U-18, both under AYSO and USSF competitions.

I enjoy bicycling, travel, photography and poker.

One of my most interesting experiences was serving as a consultant to the World Bank in putting into place a bankruptcy system for the Republic of Mongolia in 1998-1999.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 60%
    42 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Foreclosure: 30%
    13 years, 200 cases
  3. Business: 10%
    42 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-600/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


53 W. Jackson Boulevard Suite 1610
Chicago, IL, 60604-3747


420 Clayton Avenue
Waukegan, IL, 60085-4216


6905 Green Bay Road
Suite 101
Kenosha, WI, 53142-1459



WIGood Standing200603/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197405/11/2016
AZInactive 201207/02/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Liberty Bell AwardCircuit Court of Lake County Illinois2010
Pro Bono Service AwardLake County Bar Association2007
Excellence in Pro Bono Service AwardNorthern District of Illinois2006
Excellence in Pro Bono Service AwardN/A2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AWisconsin Bar - Admitted to Practice2006 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorJohn Marshall Law School1996 - 2001
PartnerFreeborn & Peters1992 - 1999
PartnerSchwartz Cooper1976 - 1991
N/AIllinois Appellate Court (judicial clerk)1975 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the District of MarylandAdmitted to Practice2008 - Present
Wisconsin BarMember2006 - Present
National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMember2002 - Present
Lake County (Illinois) Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember1992 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisAdmitted to Practice1974 - Present
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2008 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Federal TILA Rescission and Fraud CasePending
Leibowitz v. Great American GroupJudgment for Great American Group
In re Image Worldwide: Leibowitz v. Parkway BankAffirmed judgment of $500,000 in favor of trustee
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy InstituteAmerican Bankruptcy Institute Fraud Manual2010
Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law2008 Survey of Residential Mortgage Cases in Consumer Bankruptcy2009
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Best Practices for Filing Chapter 132009
American Bankruptcy Institute JournalVehicle Ownership Expense Deduction:2008
American Bankruptcy Institute JournalWithdrawals from Tax-deferred Retirement Accounts: Included in Monthly Income2008
NABTalkMexican Real Estate in Chapter 7 Cases2008
Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy LawResidential Mortgage Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases2008
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Course MaterialsClaims and Exemptions2007
NABTalkTILA is your Friend2007
ABA Family AdvocateThe New Bankruptcy Act2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawN/AJD (cum laude)1974
Northwestern UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Spring MeetingResponding to Fraud in Bankruptcy2010
Annual MeetingBankruptcy Trustees and the Constitution2010
2010 Annual MeetingDefending Trustee Issues2010
NACBA 2009 Members-Only WorkshopObjecting to Mortgage Proofs of Claims2009
NABT 2009 Annual MeetingMortgage issues in Bankruptcy2009
Mortgage Foreclosure Defense TrainingForeclosure Defense2009
Milwaukee Bar Assoication February MeetingRoss-Tousey - Seventh Circuit decision2009
Milwaukee Bar Association Bankruptcy SectionMortgage Foreclosure - Practice and Ethics2009
Milwaukee Bar Association - January MeetingWho has standing - Servicer or Trustee?2009
Midwest Bankruptcy InstutueSmall Business Bankruptcy and Alternatives2009
Chicago Consumer Bankruptcy ConferenceIndividual Chapter 11 cases2009
BASIL Annual Bankruptcy SeminarResidential Mortgage issues in Bankruptcy2009
Annual United States Trustee SeminarMortgage Servicing Abuses2009
Mortgage Litigation ConferenceWorking with Bankruptcy Trustees on Consumer Claims2008
Annual Meeting - National Association of Bankruptcy TrusteesMortgage Litigation in Bankruptcy2008
Annual Meeting - Commercial Law League of AmericaBankruptcy Boot Camp2008
Annual Convention - Wisconsin Bar Bankruptcy Insolvency Creditors Rights SectionMortgage Litigaiton2008
Annual Convention - State Bar of ArizonaMortgage Litigation in Bankruptcy2008
National Assocation of Bankruptcy Trustees 2007 Annual MeetingAdministration of Asset Cases from A to Z2007
lllinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Asset Protection PlanningAdvanced Asset Protection Planning and Bankruptcy2007
American Bankruptcy Institute - Commercial Fraud Task ForceMortgage Fraud from Trustee's Perspective2007
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 2006 Annual MeetingFinding Assets - Thinking Outside the Box2006
Mortgage Litigation ConferenceBankruptcy Trustee Perspective to Consumer Mortgage Litigation2006
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Divorce Law Annual UpdateBankruptcy Law Amendments Affecting Divorce2006
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Asset Protection Planning and BAPCPAAsset Protection and BAPCPA2006
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - BAPCPA and Elder LawBankruptcy Law Amendments affecting Seniors2006