• Railway Age Magazine
    W. Graham Claytor Award For Distinguished Service to Passenger Rail Transportation,   2011
  • Best Lawyers in America - 1995-2022
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
    Catholic Lawyer of the Year Award, 2007
  • Chambers USA
    Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Illinois), 2009-2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights – 2005-2016
    Bankruptcy: Business - 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Leading Lawyers Network
    Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial - 2004-2019
    Secured Transactions - 2004-2019
  • Legal 500
    Finance: Corporate Restructuring, 2010, 2013, 2016

Community Involvement

  • Big Shoulders Fund of the Archdiocese of Chicago
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago
    President, 2016-2017
    First Vice President, 2015-2016
    Second Vice President, 2014-2015
    Member, Board of Governors, 2010-present
  • Catholic Theological Union
    Life Member, Board of Trustees
  • Chicago Missouri and Western Railway
  • Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Center
    Member, National Board of Advisors
  • University of Chicago Divinity School
    Member, Visiting Committee


  • University of Notre Dame Law School
    Adjunct Professor, 1996-present

Service To The Bar

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
    Section of Business Law
         Committee on Business Bankruptcy
         Committee on Commercial Financial Services
         Committee on Cyberspace Law
         Member, Subcommittee on Electronic Commerce
         Uniform Commercial Code Committee        
    Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities
    Section on Law Practice Management
    Section of Litigation
  • American College of Bankruptcy
  • American College of Bankruptcy Foundation
    Secretary, 2015-2019
    Member, Board of Directors, 2012-2019
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, Member
    Board of Regents, 1999-2002
  • American Law Institute, Life Member
  • Association of Transportation Practitioners
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association