Thomas Fawkes focuses his practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and financial restructuring matters, representing official committees, unsecured and secured creditors, debtors, financial institutions, post-confirmation trustees and asset purchasers in chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and liquidation proceedings throughout the United States.
Thomas has represented clients on a wide array of matters, including plan confirmations, preference, fraudulent transfer and other bankruptcy litigation, cash collateral and debtor-in-possession financing, Section 363 sale transactions, real estate and equipment leasing disputes and claims reconciliation. Thomas also assists his clients in structuring commercial transactions with a view towards mitigating risk of future bankruptcy and insolvency losses.
Thomas has been selected by the editors of Turnarounds & Workouts as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer, an honor given to only 12 attorneys across the United States each year. He was recognized particularly for his representation of creditors’ committees in multiple chapter 11 cases, as well as his representation of creditors and other parties in notable bankruptcies such as Eastman Kodak Company, American Airlines and Residential Capital.
When not counseling clients, Thomas is an active participant in the turnaround and restructuring community, with long-standing memberships in multiple professional associations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Credit Management.
Thomas also frequently writes, lectures and comments on bankruptcy and restructuring topics, and his publications have been featured in Financier Worldwide, The Bankruptcy Strategist, American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business, among others.
Prior to joining Goldstein & McClintock, Thomas was a partner in the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group at Freeborn & Peters LLP, a prominent mid-sized law firm in Chicago. Thomas started his career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &Flom LLP, a global law firm of over 2,000 attorneys, in its Corporate Restructuring Practice Group.
- J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, Order of the Coif
- B.S., Loyola University, summa cum laude
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