Nationally recognized attorney John Collen has joined the law firm of SmithAmundsen in Chicago as a partner in the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights and Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He joins the firm’s rapidly expanding corporate and transactional team.
Mr. Collen, an American College of Bankruptcy Fellow, has more than 25 years of experience with Chapter 11 reorganizations, out of court work-outs, creditors’ rights litigation and transactions involving troubled business entities. His clients operate in a variety of industries including real estate, retail, manufacturing, printing and graphics, airlines, toys, telecommunications, broadcast, healthcare, music, transportation, entertainment, floor covering, and power generation. He is recognized on a national level and has significant experience working with several large, national clients including a publicly traded telecommunications company and large discount department store. John also serves as an adjunct professor of law in the St. John’s Bankruptcy LLM Program in New York.
Eric Fogel, co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group, stated: “John Collen is a first-rate, well-known debtor/creditor lawyer. John brings the sophistication, savvy, and dedication to client service that we’re looking for at SmithAmundsen. We are committed to finding like-minded attorneys to build upon our dynamic corporate and transactional practice.”
Mr. Collen joins a growing team of highly experienced lateral attorneys moving to SmithAmundsen. Of the announcement, William Hackney, a senior partner in the bankruptcy group said, “I am excited to welcome John Collen to our team. The addition of his talent and experience greatly deepens our bench and capabilities.”
John Collen will practice out of SmithAmundsen’s Chicago office, located at 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60601.