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Jeremy M. Downs

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Jeremy Downs is a principal in the firm's Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group. Mr. Downs regularly represents senior secured lenders in corporate bankruptcies and workouts, and a large portion of his practice involves representing junior lenders and large unsecured creditors. Having successfully navigated several clients through complex automotive restructurings, liquidations and contract disputes, Mr. Downs has developed a particularly strong set of creditors' rights skills related to manufacturing and supply industries.

His general bankruptcy experience includes the negotiation, documentation and litigation of debtor-in-possession financing, use of cash collateral, asset sales, relief from the automatic stay, and various related procedural matters. His workout experience includes the negotiation and documentation of out-of-court restructurings and liquidations through forbearance agreements, receiverships, assignments for benefit of creditors, and UCC sales. Mr. Downs works closely with the firm's Litigation Group in connection with disputes that arise in the course of his practice, as well as with the firm's Commercial Finance Group in connection with financing matters. Highlights of his automotive background include the negotiation of access and accommodation agreements in several bankruptcy cases and workouts, advising fleet purchasers and Tier I and II suppliers with respect to their contract rights and remedies, and supporting distressed M&A transactions.

Mr. Downs is admitted to practice in Illinois and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the Eastern District of Michigan. He has been named by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the United States in Bankruptcy/Restructuring since 2010. He received his A.B. in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University in 1997 and his law degree from Northwestern University in 2000.


Chicago Office
55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

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Industry Focus


  • Northwestern University, J.D., 2000
  • Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Eastern District of Michigan

Attorneys At Law

55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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