Jill L. Nicholson is a partner and trial lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and is the immediate past chair of the firm’s national Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations Practice where she served in that role for eight years.
She concentrates her practice in commercial bankruptcy and insolvency matters, creditors’ rights, out-of-court workouts and restructurings, and complex multidistrict financial services litigation. She is also a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice.
Jill has represented a broad array of clients in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, including secured lenders, special servicers, manufacturers, creditors’ committees, SIPA trustees, bondholder committees, foreign representatives, unsecured creditors, Chapter 11 debtors, indenture trustees, commercial landlords, governmental agencies, and federally chartered entities.
Jill has also served as a court-appointed receiver for the Securities & Exchange Commission. Her experience encompasses all facets of bankruptcy and insolvency, including Chapter 11 plan restructuring and related litigation, 363 sales, valuation disputes, single asset real estate, debtor-in-possession financing, tax credit bond finance deals, adversary actions, bankruptcy appeals, assignments for the benefit of creditors, broker-dealer liquidations, and receiverships.
Jill counsels a number of Fortune 500 companies regarding best practices with respect to bankruptcy and insolvency issues, including distressed real estate, commercial lending, special servicing, and automotive restructuring.
Jill received her juris doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she served as an editor of the University of Illinois Elder Law Journal. While in law school, she received the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal for excellence in bankruptcy and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal Prize and was named the Rickert Scholar for excellence in trial advocacy, legal writing, and legal publications.
Jill received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago, where she was selected as a Norman Maclean scholar. She also served as president of the University of Chicago Debate Team.
Jill is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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