Jonathan Friedland is a partner with Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC. Although based in Chicago, he is licensed to practice in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York. He views his job very simply:  to make 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, private equity funds, hedge funds, 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 issues he regularly advises 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, and Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, each an 800 page treatise published by West. He is also the general editor of A Comparison Shopping Guide for 363 Sales, a 250 page treatise published by the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Jonathan holds the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell (AV® Preeminent™) and AVVO (10/10), has been repeatedly recognized in as an Illinois "Super Lawyer” 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 numerous 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. He has authored more than 100 published articles in professional journals.

  • Bar Admissions: Illinois, 1999
    New York, 1996
    Arizona, 1995
    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