Jonathan P. Friedland
2 North LaSalle Street Suite 1300
Chicago, Illinois 60602
- Lead author of: Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses
- Lead Author of: Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation
- Editor of: A Comparison Shopping Guide for 363 Sales
Jonathan Friedland is a partner with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC and has been based in Chicago for 15 years. He is licensed to practice (and has lived in) Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. He views his job very simply: to make his clients money whenever possible and to save them money at every turn.
Jonathan’s corporate work includes serving as outside general counsel to a number of closely held businesses and their principals, representing private equity funds and others in their M&A activities, and in advising start-ups and their investors. The wide range of corporate issues he advises clients on include: fiduciary duties; structuring issues (between shareholders, members, joint venturers, etc.); credit negotiations; general contract issues; succession planning, employee matters, and litigation. Jonathan is on the editorial board of The Corporate Counselor.
Jonathan also leads the firm’s Restructuring & Insolvency Service Practice. He has extensive experience in guiding companies and their constituents through a variety of financially challenging situations. He represents banks, debtors, official and ad hoc creditor committees, buyers, and other stakeholders in bankruptcy cases, assignments for the benefit of creditors, receiverships, and out-of-court workouts. Jonathan is lead author of Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses, an 800 page treatise and Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, a 1500 page treatise.
Jonathan holds the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™) and AVVO (10/10), has been repeatedly recognized as an Illinois “Superlawyer” in the areas of Business/Corporate Law and Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, and has received several other similar distinctions. Jonathan has been profiled, interviewed, and/or quoted in many publications, including Buyouts Magazine; Smart Business Magazine; The M&A Journal; Inside Counsel; LAW360; Business Week.com; The Bankruptcy Strategist; Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review; Bankruptcy Court Decisions; Dow Jones LBO Wire; and The Daily Deal.
Jonathan graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude, in 1991 (after three years of study) and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. He clerked for a federal judge before entering private practice. He was an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business for several years and was the 2006 Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law Visiting Professor of Business Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Jonathan was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis before joining Levenfeld Pearlstein. Jonathan is also the founder and chairman of DailyDAC, LLC.
Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1999
New York, 1996
New Jersey, 1994
Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Education: University at Albany, State University of New York, B.S., 1991, magna cum laude
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1994
Memberships: American Bankruptcy Institute- Board of Directors
The Corporate Counselor - Editorial Board
American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review - Advisory Board
Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice- Principal Contributing Editor
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal - Co-Executive Editor
Honors & Awards: AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyer - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, Illinois Super Lawyers - 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
Rated “Superb” (10 out of 10) by the attorney rating service, AVVO
Leading Lawyers Network - Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial; Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law
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