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Joseph D. Zizzo

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Joe Zizzo is a Principal in the firm's Commercial Finance Group. He represents financial institutions in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing lending transactions. He is experienced in handling syndicated and single lender asset-based and cash-flow senior secured loan transactions for acquisition financing, working capital financing, refinancings and recapitalizations, split collateral secured loan transactions, unitranche financing transactions, second lien loan transactions, debtor-in-possession financings, and workouts and restructuring. Mr. Zizzo's international lending experience includes transactions involving the laws of Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

In 2021 Mr. Zizzo was chosen as a "40 Under 40" award recipient by The Secured Finance Network, which recognizes "the best and brightest rising stars in secured finance." In addition, he has been recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Banking & Financial Institutions Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers.

Mr. Zizzo co-authored, "Delaware Limited Liability Company Act Amendments - The Lenders' Perspective," in August 2018 after the Act was amended to permit the division of a Delaware LLC. In May 2014, he served as an instructor for the Secured Finance Network's three-day Loan Documentation Workshop.

Mr. Zizzo joined Goldberg Kohn in June 2007 and is chair of the firm's Technology Committee.

Mr. Zizzo earned his law degree from Stanford Law School in 2007, where he was named Nathan Abbott Scholar for graduating with the highest grade point average in his law school class. He also received the Urban A. Sontheimer First-Year Honor for having the highest grade point average in his class after the first year. In addition, he was an editor on the Stanford Law Review for two years, including one year as an articles selection editor. He was also an editor on the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance for two years, including one year as a lead article editor.

Mr. Zizzo received his B.A. and B.S. degrees, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2004, where he was a member of the University of Notre Dame Honors Program.

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

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  • Stanford Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, highest GPA in law school class, 2007
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., B.S., summa cum laude, 2004

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  • Illinois

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


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