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David Leibowitz

Bankruptcy and debt Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   15 reviews
  • State Years
    Wisconsin - WI 17 years
    Illinois - IL 49 years
    Arizona - AZ 11 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1974
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Bankruptcy and debt
    90%
    Consumer and Business Chapter 7, Consumer and Business Chapter 13, Chapter 11, Adversary Proceedings, Discharge and Dischargeability litigation, Bankuptcy-Divorce matters, Bankruptcy-Immigration matters, Real Estate Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Out of court workouts, Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors

    50 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Business
    10%
    Organization of new business, corporations, limited liability corporations, partnerships. Buy-sell agreements. Asset purchase agreements. General corporate counsel. Dissolution and winding up of businesses

    50 years, 2,000 cases

Law Offices of David P. Leibowitz, LLC focuses its practice on trustee and fiduciary matters such as assignments for the benefit of creditors. Mr. Leibowitz also serves as a  mediator and expert witness. He provides services to other bankruptcy lawyers on a consulting basis and represents a limited and highly selective set of clients.

Mr. Leibowitz has been in practice for more than 45 years and has had leadership roles in every organization in which he has served including the American Bankruptcy Insttute and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. He has been honored with numerous pro bono awards and is a Fellow of the Wisconsin Bar.

Mr. Leibowitz is admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and numerous federal courts around the country.

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Location

Lakelaw
3438 N Elaine Place - Suite 4
Chicago, IL, 60657-0801

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extensive knowledge and really cared about me a lot!
Hired David through a referral and very lucky I did. From day 1 was on top of a very difficult bankruptcy and followed through beyond the expected time while pushing and keeping me upbeat through a very tricky BK. CANT THANK ENOUGH.!!
Posted by Barbara Boykins | February 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BKY Expert
I used David to handle my debt affairs while living in Chicago. He did an amazing job dealing with my creditors and left me free of debt. Thanks David!
Posted by Marisol | July 4, 2013
Very knowledgeable and experienced PLUS genuinely Interested in helping me.
We came to David Leibowitz during a difficult time in our life when we needed to declare bankruptcy. He was very respectful and everything was explained to us very clearly and he took the time to answer all our questions. Working with David brought great relief for our difficult and stressful situation. Everything went smoothly and he and his wonderful staff were very professional, organized and meticulous. They always responded to my calls and concerns immediately and kept me updated on what was going on. Furthermore the fees are reasonable and clearly explained. Before consulting David, we had consulted with other attorneys who did not explain the process well and seemed annoyed and difficult to work with. So we know that we were very lucky to have found David Leibowitz About five years after declaring bankruptcy we tried to buy a home and there was a problem to get approved for the home loan at the very last minute! We were able to reach David about the problem and he responded right away. He was very helpful in assisting us in a very timely manner to meet our time constraints in a very short notice. His quick assistance on this issue saved us much stress and money and allowed us to keep the house we had picked out! Through our contact with David Leibowitz we have found that he is genuinely interested in assisting us and is committed to providing us with the best possible service available. We are very satisfied with his work and we highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2012
Outstanding, professional, timely and exceptionally knowledgeable service
David and his staff (Esq. Ryan) are outstanding. They deliver excellent, respnsive and reliable service in a way that allows clients dignity and respect. A rare find. David and his staff are fair and exceptionally good communicators with clients. They will lay out options and allow the client to choose what is right for them, with guidance along the way. They have been fantastic to work with. They do NOT add stress during a stressful time! Very fair with fees, and have a true concren for the client. I highly recommend this firm and applaud them for maintaining a sense of humanity along with legal procedeure.
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Posted by Matt | December 9, 2011
Super Awesome Professional and Human Being
David helped me with a super complicated Chapter 7 - well, at least I thought it was complicated! He attacked the issues with ease and got me past one of the worst times of my life, but he did so with caring and compassion. David goes the extra mile.
Posted by Candace | September 5, 2010
Cutting-edge, Caring and Responsive
Recently, my husband unexpectedly passed away, leaving me with no extra income to cover the expenses we easily handled while together. During our 36 years of marriage, he handled all our expenses and I never even did so much as balance our checkbook. So, while still reeling from shock and grief, I was thrown into the world of hospital bills, mortgages, insurance, and creditors. It was quickly evident that I would not be able to manage all of this on my salary as a special education teacher. A friend of mine recommended David Leibowitz as someone who could give me sound advice on what direction to follow. After doing a great deal of investigation and discovering he was exceptionally competent and highly regarded in the area of financial advice and bankruptcies, I made an appointment to meet him. Believing that a man of this import would be cold and matter-of-fact in his approach to my problem, I was, instead, blown away by his depth of caring and compassion to my situation. He took the time to listen to my situation and made recommendations that I am following even as I pen this letter. He is intelligent and stays “cutting-edge” with the frequently-changing bankruptcy laws. And with David, there is no such thing as a “dumb question.” As busy as he is, I have found David Leibowitz and his associates to be exceptionally responsive to all my phone calls and emails. They patiently cut through the “legalese” and explain every situation to me in lay terms. He has effectively erased my concern in this area of my life and continues to fight for me as I navigate through my Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I still have a long road ahead of me, but David Leibowitz has become my bankruptcy GPS and my personal OnStar to call upon. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2010
Most Knowledgable
After interviewing four different attorneys and studying the bankruptcy law for over one year, I knew that I had a difficult case since it involved a number of failed LLCs. I knew I needed the best attorney I could find. David was the only attorney who had full command over the intricacies of bankruptcy law, and he understood the entire situation very clearly from the onset. He clearly laid out a strategy to achieve the best possible result in a difficult situation. David himself worked tirelessly on this case, explaining every last detail to me willingly. David takes a true interest in his clients. As a Chapter 7 trustee himself, David is well respected by trustees in the bankruptcy courts. David stands by his commitments to his clients and fulfilled every request I made.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2009
Very Good Bankruptcy Attorney
Before going to David we consulted with two other attorneys regarding bankruptcy. After consulting with David we knew that he was the right attorney for our situation. David's experience and knowledge provided us with a level of comfort that the other attorneys did not. We highly recommend David to anyone considering bankruptcy.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2009
ok
He was really helpful
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2009
I was right to choose him!
I am myself an attorney. He provided invaluable advice to me which resulted in a recommendation to an attorney in another state. He could have decided to hold on to my business which would have gone against my financial interests. As he put it: "I want to be able to sleep at night". If you've ever not truseted a lawyer, here is the exception to the rule.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2008
Simply The Best
David and his associates took on my case in the middle of it and turned my whole bankruptcy experience around. From the first time I walked into the office I felt like a person instead of a number. I felt like someone cared about my situation for the first time and was willing to help me resolve it. I was never left in the dark about what was going on and always got a response to any of my questions and concerns. David and his associates are so knowledgeable about every aspect of the bankruptcy law. I do not know what I would have done if I had not found him. I ca n not thank he and his staff for all that they have done.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2007
My new best friend!
David Leibowitz is an extraordinarily vibrant person. Not only is he uniquely capable of relating to different cultural backgrounds, he is extremely dedicated to mending the financial balance in his clients’ lives. If you are searching for a bankruptcy attorney that will empower you with information, and guide you through the process, David Leibowitz is the right choice. The bottom line is David cares about people. It is evident on the faces of his clients, as they leave his office with a sense of pride and personal dignity having been restored.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2007
Great job
David did a great job under difficult circumstances. Definitely recommended.
Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2007
Good Outcome
I found Mr. Leibowitz to be an excellent and intelligent listener to my concern. He quickly recognized my dilemma, and moved into it with professional regard and consideration. He counseled me on how to address my accountant for a rather staggering amount of money I apparently owed, due to years of inappropriately filed income taxes. Further, and perhaps more importantly, he listened to my preference about how to first approach this situation, and assisted me toward the best possible outcome. While this ultimately did succeed, I also knew that he would be ready to assist further if it did not. I highly recommend Mr. Leibowitz.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2007
An Exceptional Lawyer
I had never had a good experience with a lawyer until I met David Leibowitz. He treated me with dignity and respect from the minute I walked in his door. He never made me feel embarrassed by my circumstances. He was the most informed and knowledgeable attorney. He knew every law that pertained to me and gave me many options He actually listened to me!!! He actually returned my calls to him on the same day I called! He really cared about me. He always told me what was going on, what would happen next. I trusted David Leibowitz with my life and my future and he gave both back to me. I'll never be able to thank or repay him enough. He is THE BEST!!!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-650 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Wisconsin Bar - Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Partner
  • Freeborn & Peters
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Partner
  • Schwartz Cooper
  • 1976 - 1991
  • Illinois Appellate Court (judicial clerk)
  • 1975 - 1976
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Education

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • JD (cum laude)
  • 1974
  • Northwestern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Slayton v. White
  • States' motion to dismiss denied - case settled
  • In re Image Worldwide: Leibowitz v. Parkway Bank
  • Affirmed judgment of $500,000 in favor of trustee
  • Federal TILA Rescission and Fraud Case
  • Pending
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Associations

  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2008 - Present
  • Wisconsin Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Lake County (Illinois) Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1974 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Liberty Bell Award
  • Circuit Court of Lake County Illinois
  • 2010
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • 2006
  • Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Norton's Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • 2008 Survey of Residential Mortgage Cases in Consumer Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • Withdrawals from Tax-deferred Retirement Accounts: Included in Monthly Income
  • 2008
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - 2007 Consumer Bankruptcy Course Materials
  • Claims and Exemptions
  • 2007
  • ABA Family Advocate
  • The New Bankruptcy Act
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • NABT 2009 Annual Meeting
  • Mortgage issues in Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Defense Training
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • 2009
  • Milwaukee Bar Assoication February Meeting
  • Ross-Tousey - Seventh Circuit decision
  • 2009
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Bankruptcy Section
  • Mortgage Foreclosure - Practice and Ethics
  • 2009
  • Milwaukee Bar Association - January Meeting
  • Who has standing - Servicer or Trustee?
  • 2009
  • Midwest Bankruptcy Instutue
  • Small Business Bankruptcy and Alternatives
  • 2009
  • BASIL Annual Bankruptcy Seminar
  • Residential Mortgage issues in Bankruptcy
  • 2009
  • Annual United States Trustee Seminar
  • Mortgage Servicing Abuses
  • 2009
  • Mortgage Litigation Conference
  • Working with Bankruptcy Trustees on Consumer Claims
  • 2008
  • Annual Meeting - National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Mortgage Litigation in Bankruptcy
  • 2008
  • Annual Meeting - Commercial Law League of America
  • Bankruptcy Boot Camp
  • 2008
  • Annual Convention - Wisconsin Bar Bankruptcy Insolvency Creditors Rights Section
  • Mortgage Litigaiton
  • 2008
  • Annual Convention - State Bar of Arizona
  • Mortgage Litigation in Bankruptcy
  • 2008
  • National Assocation of Bankruptcy Trustees 2007 Annual Meeting
  • Administration of Asset Cases from A to Z
  • 2007
  • lllinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Asset Protection Planning
  • Advanced Asset Protection Planning and Bankruptcy
  • 2007
  • American Bankruptcy Institute - Commercial Fraud Task Force
  • Mortgage Fraud from Trustee's Perspective
  • 2007
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees 2006 Annual Meeting
  • Finding Assets - Thinking Outside the Box
  • 2006
  • Mortgage Litigation Conference
  • Bankruptcy Trustee Perspective to Consumer Mortgage Litigation
  • 2006
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Divorce Law Annual Update
  • Bankruptcy Law Amendments Affecting Divorce
  • 2006
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Asset Protection Planning and BAPCPA
  • Asset Protection and BAPCPA
  • 2006
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - BAPCPA and Elder Law
  • Bankruptcy Law Amendments affecting Seniors
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (17)
Endorse David
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Have had the pleasure of working with David and I can say he was very helpful and I learned a lot from him. He is a great professional. I highly recommend him...."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is one of the top bankruptcy attorneys in the country, according to Time Magazine. He's also a Bankruptcy Trustee. He practices in IL, WI, and AZ. For Chapter 11 and complex bankruptcy matters, we often consult with David, or simply refer difficult cases to him. I know no better bankruptcy attorney, and highly recommend David for any complex business or personal bankruptcy matters."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Leibowitz is not just one of the best and most knowledgeable attorneys in the Chicago area but in my opinion the country. I have over 23 years of experience in bankruptcy and feel I have a lot of knowledge but when I have a question or issue I go to David Leibowitz, one of only two lawyers I mainly turn to for advice. David also seems to have the answer or game plan, is always responsive and genuine, since he cares. I also have seem him speak at conventions and other venues and there is a reason David is asked to do so by national and other organizations over and over. The reason is he simply knows what he is doing and that is an understatement!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David has a very large presence in the Chicago-area legal community, and has trained so many excellent attorneys who are my peers. Also, he is a regular contributor to this online community. I know him from the NACBA, to which we both belong. I give him my highest endorsement."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known David since 1996. David is a highly experienced Bankruptcy Attorney and I have referred clients to him over the years. As a Bankruptcy Trustee, David was aggressive but fair. His attention to detail, professionalism and candor is much appreciated by others in our legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is one of the better Bankruptcy attorney's in the Chicago suburbs. His experience and skill would be helpful to any client."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I heartily endorse this lawyer. David was a pleasure to work for. He is brilliant, tenacious and caring -- and he hates to lose!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Other
"Coming to David with a complex Bankruptcy scenario was one of the wisest decisions I made. His ability to cut through the various fact patterns and reach the heart of the issue was nothing short of amazing. I would not hesitate to consult with him again, his depth of knowledge on Bankruptcy intricacies is second to none."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are few attorneys who understand bankruptcy law like attorney Leibowitz does. He has a remarkable and considerable understanding of bankruptcy that makes him obviously one of the best in the country. I have known of his great reputation for care and attention to detail, and his excellent books on and related to bankruptcy issues, for probably more than a decade. If you have a complex bankruptcy problem - he probably knows the answers. And if his office is near you, then he is the one to see. I highly recommend him to you."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an extremely bright, very hard working bankruptcy lawyer. If you are burdened with too many debts and don't know where to turn, go see David. He will educate you and give you options, including filing for bankruptcy."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An attorney of the best caliber. He truly cares for his clients and is honest and upright. Very knowledgeable about his field and always willing to lend a helping hand."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is smart, creative, energetic and helpful. Frankly, I do not know how David is able to keep up with all of his many projects and activities. He represents consumers in bankruptcy cases, writes extensively on bankruptcy topics and acts as a trustee before the bankruptcy court."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Leibowitz is one of the premier bankruptcy practitioners in Illinois. I have referred cases to him and will continue to do so, as his clients are always satisfied with his service, communication and dedication to getting positive results."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Other
"I am an Attorney. We have a duty to every client, big or small. Mr. Leibowitz is a special kind of Attorney. He fights for his Clients on many fronts. He will do all that he can to ensure that the Client is making informed decisions. He gives his 110% on every file. He brings out the best in the professionals he works with and for that reason I would advise any and every client that I have to look to David to for advice and counsel in the complicated fields of law that his exceptional practice handles. I have had to call on David on many occasions and found him kind and generous with his knowledge and good nature. He truly inspires and brings results that I truly believe no other Attorney in his field can bring. He is humble, and the true measure of David cannot be understood until you are in a situation that no one else has an answer to. In my professional opinion he is the best in his field, not only in Illinois but nationwide."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am currently working with David on a Federal TILA Rescission and Fraud case. He has been very helpful in guiding me through the process of Federal Court and is extremely knowledgeable about an area of law that the 7th Circuit has deemed "hyper-technical"."
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