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William S. Hackney



St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1997

University of Illinois, B.A., 1994



New York

Clients often come to Bill in the midst of a potential financial calamity. Whether the call comes from company management or one of the dozens of financial institutions he represents, each of these financial crises comes with its own unique set of problems. Knowing that Bill will create a tailored approach to address those problems provides comfort.

Bill is a trusted restructuring counselor, as opposed to just another bankruptcy lawyer. He helps his clients analyze and resolve their financial issues, representing debtors, lenders, secured creditors, creditors' committees and trustees, among others, in all manners of chapter 11 and chapter 7 cases as well as out-of-court workouts and restructurings. He also acts as outside bankruptcy counsel to a number of corporations and provides general business counseling in distressed situations. Bill strives to find the right individualized strategy for each client, knowing that it can lead to a successful resolution.


  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2011, 2012

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Bankruptcy Institute; Northern District of Illinois Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee
  • Steering Committee Member: Turnaround Management Association
  • Board Member: Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Past Co-chair: Turnaround Management Association Future Leaders Committee (2006-2007)
  • Past Board Member: Roscoe Village Neighbors Board of Directors (June 2004 - December 2007) ; Illinois Chapter of the American Liver Foundation (April 2005 - December 2007)
  • Past President: Illinois Chapter of the American Liver Foundation Junior Board of Directors (April 2005 - December 2007)


Presentations & Events

  • National Business Institute, Webinar, May 21, 2015
  • Involuntary Bankruptcy Process
    USLAW Banking Law Seminar, May 6, 2014
  • Hidden Liens and Disappearing Assests
    Chicago Bar Association, January 16, 2014
  • Practice Advice for Mom and Pop Company Chapter 11's
    Illinois State Bar Association Seminar, October 19, 2012
  • Chicago, IL, October 19, 2012
  • Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program
    Volunteer Presenter, 2012-present
  • Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy: Common Concerns, Risks and Defenses for Dealing with Corporate Bankruptcies
    USLAW Network Fall Conference, September 2011