Jack O'Connor is an associate at the firm, whose practice concentrates on representing corporate clients in complex reorganization proceedings, and counseling businesses in all phases of their development and operations.
Jack works with clients across the country in complex chapter 11 proceedings representing unsecured creditors’ and equity committees, debtors, and chapter 11 liquidation trusts. He is a skilled negotiator who helps clients reach practical goals while navigating complicated business transactions in and out of court. As an associate in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights practice group, Jack understands how to meet the needs of clients facing the legal realities of distressed business situations. Jack has been recognized for his work in the restructuring space by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star 2 years in a row, and was recently named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers magazine for 2015.
In addition to his work in the restructuring sector, Jack counsels corporate clients in all phases of their operations and development, with a focus on counseling startups in the craft beverage and spirits sector. Jack’s experience dealing with these specialized regulatory and compliance issues at the local, state, and federal level proves invaluable to clients forming and running businesses. Jack is also the firm’s liaison to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. As an advocate, Jack is committed to finding creative and practical solutions for his clients, and works to provide them with the highest level of legal service.
Jack lives in the western suburbs with his wife, son, daughter and their two dogs. He is also a recreational endurance athlete and homebrewer.
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Bar Association
Selected by peers as an Emerging Lawyer in: Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial (2016 - 2017)
Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers, as a Rising Star in Bankruptcy: Business, Business/Corporate, Business Litigation (2015-2016)
The John Marshall Law Review, Executive Lead Articles Editor 2009-2010
John Marshall Moot Court Honors Program
Conrad B. Duberstein Moot Court Competition 2010
Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition 2009 – 2nd place overall, 2nd place best brief
S. Jason Teele, Jack O'Connor and Michael Brandess publish article entitled, "The Effectiveness of Creditors’ Committees in Chapter 11 May Be Under Attack" in DailyDAC
The Delaware Bankruptcy Court has ruled that Committee professional fees are not limited to the amount of the “carve-out” approved as part of a postpetition financing order.
Jack O'Connor publishes "Using Bankruptcy to Kill the Narrative of the 'Craft Beer Bubble'" in October 2016 issue of Mash Tun
SFGH congratulates its own Jack O'Connor on the publication of "Using Bankruptcy to Kill the Narrative of the 'Craft Beer Bubble'" in Mash Tun, an independent publication focused on addressing business issues in the craft beer industry. Jack's article discusses the maturation of the craft beer industry in the U.S., and how chapter 11 bankruptcy filings can be viewed as an indicator of a mature or maturing industry.
Leading attorney rating service recognizes SFGH lawyers.
ABF Journal highlights Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP in article entitled, “Inside the Award-Winning AgFeed Industries Turnaround”
The October 2015 issue of the ABF Journal highlights Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP's role as co-counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders in In re AgFeed USA, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Del.).
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP highlighted by Law 360 for successful confirmation of plan of liquidation in AgFeed USA, LLC (Bankr. D. Del.)
On November 4, 2014, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP, as co-counsel to the Official Committee of Equity Security Holders, assisted the Debtors in confirming a plan of liquidation in AgFeed USA, LLC, et al. (Bankr. D. Del.).
M&A Advisor Awards "Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year" to Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
On January 22, 2014, the M&A Advisor announced that Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP would receive the 8th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Award for "Consumer Product of the Year" for the firm's services during the successful sale of certain assets out of the bankruptcy of Natural Pork Production II, LLP to AMVC and the Handlos family.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP Among 2014's Top Ranked Law Firms by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP has been named one of 2014's Top Ranked Law Firms across the United States by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® .
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP Named Among 2013's Top Ranked Law Firms by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP has been named one of 2013's Top Ranked Law Firms across the United States by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.
Lenders Given Cause to ReLAX: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Credit-Bidding Rights for Chapter 11 Sales in RadLAX
A discussion from Mark S. Melickian and Jack R. O'Connor in The American Bankruptcy Institute Journal on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the RadLAX bankruptcy case on credit bidding.
We are proud to announce the change in the name of our firm to Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP and the additional of five excellent attorneys to our team, expanding our current tax and real estate practices and adding bankruptcy and creditors' rights to our scope of services for our clients.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP recognized by M&A Advisor as borrowers' counsel for Refinancing Deal of the Year Award
On January 27, 2017, The M&A Advisor announced the Refinancing of Chicago American Manufacturing & its Affiliated Companies as its “Refinancing Deal of the Year (Under $250MM)” for its 11th Annual Turnaround Awards Program. As counsel to the Borrowers in the refinancing transaction, The M&A Advisor has recognized Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP for its role as counsel to CAM in its refinancing transaction.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® names Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP a 2017 “Best Law Firm”
On November 1, 2016, U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® announced that Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP had been ranked as a “Best Law Firm” for 2017.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP Selected as Counsel to Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lyon Workspace Products, LLC, et al.
On February 7, 2013, the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Lyon Workspace Products, LLC, et al. selected Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP as its legal counsel. Lyon Workspace Products, LLC and its seven affiliated debtors are the largest and leading manufacturer and supplier of top quality lockers, industrial storage and workspace products.
Aaron L. Hammer served on a panel of experts entitled, "Marketing Ethically," during an educational seminar hosted by the Turnaround Management Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter at the University Club, Chicago on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
Civic & Professional
Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professionals Board
HFS Chicago Scholars Young Professionals Board
Firm Liaison to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
Jack O'Connor's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:
- Counsel to the Official Equity Committee in In re AgFeed Industries, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Del.).
- Counsel to the Litigation Trustee in In re Buffets Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.).
- Counsel to the Official Creditors' Committee in In re Lyon Workspace Products, LLC, et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.).
- Counsel to the Official Creditors' Committee in In re Natural Pork Production II, LLP (Bankr. S.D. Iowa).
- Counsel to the Official Creditors’ Committee in In re Trainor Glass Co. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.).
- Counsel to the debtor-in-possession in In re Mangia Mangia Corp. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.).
- Counsel to the liquidating trustee in In re Duke & King Acquisition, Corp., et. al (Bankr. D. Minn.); and In re Arch Aluminum & Glass Co., et. al (Bankr. S.D. Fla.).
- Counsel to the chapter 11 plan administrator in In re Workflow Management, Inc., et. al (Bankr. E.D. Va.).
- Bankruptcy counsel to a multi-national Fortune 500 insurance and professional services company in AMR Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).