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A team of extremely smart attorneys who are not afraid to take a novel approach when there is no precedent. - Chambers USA

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights

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Goldberg Kohn is one of the nation's leading bankruptcy and restructuring firms in the middle-market. The Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group has a reputation for being cutting-edge in its legal positions and best practices, as well as for being creative and sophisticated deal-makers.

The group's foundation rests upon serving the firm's commercial lending clients. The firm represents many of the nation's largest banks, financial institutions, and hedge funds.  Whether or not the firm originally documented a deal, agents, lenders, and participants seek the group's result-driven and efficient approach to troubled credits. Goldberg Kohn's commercial bankruptcy lawyers are intimately familiar with the nuances of loan documents, credit policies, market trends, and the politics of syndicated situations. Inter- and intra- class lender negotiations and disputes are a particular specialty, as is litigation involving cash collateral and postpetition financing issues.

The Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Group supplements its lender representations by representing virtually all other types of parties in upper and middle-market situations, including large trade creditors, asset purchasers, committees, trustees, and  debtors in select situations. In this regard, the firm has had singular success as counsel to asset purchasers in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, secondary debt market participants, and various constituents of the automotive industry.

Goldberg Kohn has a strong team of professionals dedicated to the practice of insolvency law.  Ronald Barliant is a former bankruptcy judge and Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Randall Klein, the group chair, has over 30 years of bankruptcy experience and is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Dimitri Karcazes and Jeremy Downs have over 20 years in the Group. The Group's newest principals, Danielle Juhle, Zachary Garrett and Prisca Kim, have also spent their entire careers focused on creditor's rights and other insolvency matters. Likewise, the group's associates are highly talented and capable lawyers, with training and experience beyond their years. As a result of this concentration, Goldberg Kohn offers its clients leading insolvency counsel, unlike firms that task other types of practitioners to serve this critical need.

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During the recent distressed business cycle clients have retained Goldberg Kohn to assist them with out-of-court debt-for-equity exchanges, bankruptcy sales to entities owned by the lenders, and Chapter 11 plans where the lenders became the owners. Goldberg Kohn was on the forefront of the exercise of stock pledge remedies and as more clients have been exposed to these remedies, they have come to rely upon Goldberg Kohn's experience.

Goldberg Kohn's bankruptcy attorneys are frequent lecturers and authors on critical issues and are prominent members of various industry organizations such as the American College of Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute, Turnaround Management Association and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.


"Goldberg Kohn's insolvency practice is top-notch, with well-seasoned professionals who are very adept at balancing legal issues against the challenges of real-time business matters." - As reported in U.S. News Best Law Firms

"These practice areas are at the heart of Goldberg Kohn's expertise. Working together with their Commercial Finance Group, they provide a world-class practice in a boutique setting, allowing them to be efficient and effective across all issues." - As reported in U.S. News Best Law Firms

"Goldberg Kohn's lawyers are great at dealing with non-lawyers: they explain things in a practical manner and with an even-keeled approach." - As reported in Chambers USA

"Goldberg Kohn is a very strong firm with good depth, strong bankruptcy expertise, and a good reputation in the marketplace." - As reported in U.S. News Best Law Firms

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55 East Monroe Street
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Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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