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Sean P. Williams


Sean Williams is a partner in the Financial Services and Restructuring Group. He assists debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, and purchasers of assets in bankruptcy courts throughout the nation.

Sean represents purchasers and sellers in out-of-court restructurings and distressed asset sales. He also has experience in general commercial litigation matters, with substantial experience prosecuting and defending large preference and fraudulent transfer actions in bankruptcy cases. Sean has represented debtors in courts nationwide and confirmed plans in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, and Central District of California.

Sean represented creditors’ committees in over fifteen cases throughout the country. His committee experience includes: a regional seed company located near Des Moines, Iowa in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa, a manufacturer located near Peoria, Illinois in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois, a well‑known fashion retailer in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and a Chicago-based printing company in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Sean’s creditor practice also includes the regular representation of landlords, condominium associations, individuals, and other unsecured creditors in large chapter 11 bankruptcies.

Since joining LP, Sean has participated in numerous ESOP transactions, representing both trustees and sellers. Sean previously served as an extern to the Hon. Bruce W. Black (at the time, the Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois). Sean finished in the top ten percent of his law school class, where he was the Candidacy Editor of law review.

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Additional Information

Education & Admissions

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Augustana College, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois


  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chair, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Bankruptcy Committee
  • Turnaround Management Association


  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2019-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2024
  • Candidacy Editor, The John Marshall Law Review
  • Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
  • CALI Award in Antitrust Law


  • If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be?
    If I wasn’t an attorney, I would probably be a high school teacher and coach (basketball and football). While my talent didn’t take me very far in either sport, I truly enjoyed the strategic side of both games and continue to watch the NBA and NFL religiously.

  • What’s your favorite book?
    I usually read non-fiction books (primarily biographies of athletes, musicians, and politicians); however, my favorite novels are all by Mario Puzo. If I had to choose only one, The Last Don just edges out The Godfather and Omerta.

  • What’s your favorite vacation spot?
    My wife and I go to Nashville every year for my birthday and it is our favorite vacation spot. We both enjoy walking down Lower Broadway and listening to country music. We also shop for and purchase cowboy boots every time we’re in town, even though I rarely get the opportunity to wear them.

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