Angela M. Allen is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on restructuring and bankruptcy litigation. She has represented a broad range of clients, including Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, Chapter 11 debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, and equity holders in bankruptcies and bankruptcy-related litigation. In addition, Ms. Allen has experience prosecuting and defending numerous fraudulent transfer and preference actions. Ms. Allen was awarded Law360’s “Rising Star” Bankruptcy (2017), M&A Advisor’s Emerging Leaders Award (2017), and Turnaround Management Association’s Emerging Leader Award (2015). She received her B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a research assistant for Professor James J. White.
Sumner A. Bourne is a Partner at Rafool & Bourne, P.C., in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in bankruptcy. He is a Subchapter V bankruptcy trustee, a Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s section council on bankruptcy, and a member of and frequent lecturer for the American Bankruptcy Institute. Mr. Bourne received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Law.
Rebecca S. Brown is a career law clerk with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law.
A. Stewart Chapman is a Staff Attorney with the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Marilyn O. Marshall. She concentrates her practice in Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Ms. Chapman has contributed chapters to IICLE®’s RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE handbook and has also participated in bankruptcy seminars for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Chicago Bar Association. Ms. Chapman earned her B.A. from Beloit College and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Laura K. Grandy is Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group to the Administrative Offices of the U.S. Courts and a Bankruptcy Judge Representative to the Judicial Conference of the Seventh Circuit. Judge Grandy received her B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and her J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law.
David P. Leibowitz is the Founder and Managing Member of Lakelaw in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on bankruptcy. He is a former director of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the originator and Past Chair of the Consumer Practice Extravaganza, and he is a former director of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, where he also served as editor of NABTalk. Mr. Leibowitz earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Ronald R. Peterson is Of Counsel to Jenner & Block LLP, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, insolvency, and bankruptcy law. A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he focuses primarily on representing debtors, trustees, creditors, committees, landlords, and secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases. In addition to his insolvency litigation practice, Mr. Peterson counsels clients on a variety of transactional issues, including corporate restructurings. Mr. Peterson has received numerous awards and recognitions. Among these are the Best Lawyers in America (1995 – 2022); Chambers USA (Illinois, 2003 – 2020); the Commercial Law League of America’s Lawrence P. King Award for Excellence in the Field of Bankruptcy (2014); Illinois Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights (2005 –2016), Bankruptcy: Business (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), and Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020); Lawdragon Magazine’s 3000 Leading Lawyers in America (2010) and 500 “Leading Dealmakers” (2007); and Leading Lawyers Network’s Top 100 Leading Business Lawyers in Illinois (2006) and Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial (2004 – 2019). He is a highly regarded speaker and author. Mr. Peterson is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Commercial Law League of America, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Peterson earned his A.B. cum laude from Ripon College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Melissa M. Root is a Managing Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on restructuring and bankruptcy litigation. She is a board member of the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and a Past Cochair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Bankruptcy & Insolvency Committee. Ms. Root received her B.A.magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Catherine L. Steege is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and restructuring and bankruptcy litigation. She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, and a member of the Colliers Board of Editors. Ms. Steege received her B.S. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and her J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.
Justin R. Storer is a Partner at the Law Office of William J. Factor, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice on bankruptcy. He was Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committee from 2018 to 2019, and he has been recognized as a Rising Star (2013 – 2022) and Super Lawyer (2023) by Illinois Super Lawyers. He earned his B.S. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.