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John Collen

Partner

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1980

Dartmouth College, A.B., 1977, summa cum laude

Admissions

Illinois

John Collen has more than 30 years of experience handling Chapter 11 reorganizations, out of court work-outs, creditors’ rights litigation and transactions involving troubled business entities. He handles these matters on behalf of debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, shareholders, receivers, trustees, landlords and asset buyers. John’s clients operate across all industries, including real estate, retail, manufacturing, printing and graphics, airlines, toys, telecommunications, broadcast, health care, music, transportation, entertainment, floor covering and power generation.

John’s nationwide experience has included such reorganization matters as Rock Island Railroad, JarTran, Federated Stores, Handy Andy Home Improvement Centers, Flooring America, Grossman’s Hardware, K-Mart, United Airlines, and the Arena Football League. In October 2012, John was asked to testify before the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11; a testament to his recognition in the field nationally.

John has filed numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court, most recently an amicus brief in support of the prevailing side (9-0) in Bank of America v. Caulkett, in which the court opinion, in part, followed arguments put forth in that brief. Outside the firm, John serves as an adjunct law professor in the Bankruptcy LLM program at St. John’s Law School in New York.

Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Selected by the Leading Lawyers Network as a "Leading Lawyer" in bankruptcy and workout law

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Chicago Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Emeritus: American Bankruptcy Institute, Real Estate Bankruptcy Committee
  • Member: Chicago Loop Synagogue

Publications

  • Buying and Selling Real Estate in Bankruptcy
    West Group, (single volume treatise), 1997
  • Understanding the Section 1111(b) Election
    19 Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice 227, (lead article), 2010
  • Defalcation after The Supreme Court's Ruling in Bullock
    CLE Materials for American College of Bankruptcy Seventh Circuit Regional Education Program, September 20, 2013

Presentations & Events