Jack O'Connor

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Jack O'Connor is an attorney in the firm’s Chicago office, focusing his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring and turnarounds, as well as serving business clients in the craft beer, spirits, & cannabis industries. 


Bankruptcy, Reorganization, & Creditors' Rights Practice

Jack works across the country representing clients in distressed situations and complex chapter 11 cases, including corporate debtors in and out of court, unsecured creditors’ and equity committees, and chapter 11 liquidating trusts. Jack has been recognized for his work in the restructuring space by SuperLawyers magazine as a Rising Star 4 years in a row, and was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers magazine for 2017, & received the 2018 Emerging Leader Award from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of TMA. 

Business Counseling & Compliance Practice - Beer, Spirits, Cannabis

Jack also counsels corporate clients operating in heavily regulated industries, with a focus on working with businesses in the craft beer, spirits, and cannabis sectors. Jack’s experience dealing with specialized regulatory and compliance issues at the local, state, and federal level proves invaluable to clients forming and running businesses. Together with his colleagues at SFGH, Jack provides a full range of business services for our business clients in these industries.

As an advocate and counselor, Jack is committed to finding creative and practical solutions for 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 triathlete, podcast co-host and producer.


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 (2015-2019)

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


Speaking Engagements


Civic & Professional

Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professionals Board 
  Social Chair

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.).