Jack O'Connor

Jack O'ConnorPartner

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Jack O'Connor represents business clients in both healthy and distressed situations. As a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, Jack concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring and insolvency; and also maintains a practice working with businesses in the heavily regulated craft beer, spirits, & cannabis industries.

Restructuring & Insolvency Practice

Jack is widely recognized for his excellent work as a restructuring attorney. Jack represents clients across the country in distressed situations and complex chapter 11 engagements, including business debtors in and out of court, unsecured creditors’ and equity committees, distressed asset purchasers, chapter 11 liquidating trusts, and alternative lenders.

Super Lawyers Magazine, Leading Lawyers Magazine, and the Turnaround Management Association are just a handful of organizations that have recognized Jack for his strategic thinking and tactical expertise as a restructuring attorney.

Corporate Practice in Beer, Spirits, & Cannabis Industries

Jack also counsels clients operating in heavily regulated industries, focusing his work on 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 levels is invaluable to clients forming and running businesses in these sectors. Together with his colleagues at SFGH, Jack provides a full range of business services for clients in these industries.

Jack is a native of the western suburbs of Chicago where he and his family now live. In addition to his work as an attorney, Jack co-hosts and produces “I Wish I’d Known That,” a professional development podcast, and is a recreational endurance triathlete and cyclist.


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

Turnaround Management Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter
Vice President Communications 2020
Premier Event Committee Co-Chair 2019
Communications Committee Co-Chair 2018
NextGen Committee Co-Chair 2017
NextGen Committee Co-Chair 2016
Communications Committee Co-Chair 2015
Communications Committee Co-Chair 2014

Turnaround Management Association Global
NextGen Global Vice Chair 2020
NextGen Global Leadership Conference Co-Chair 2019
NextGen Global Leadership Conference Co-Chair 2018

Illinois Legal Aid Online Young Professionals Board
2018 Board Liaison
2016-2017 YPB Co-Chair
2015 Strategic Planning Committee Chair
2014 Communications Chair
2013 Social Committee Co-Chair

Firm Liaison to the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild

American Bankruptcy Institute


Jack O'Connor's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:


Representative Chapter 11 Debtor Engagements

  • In re Morgan Administration Inc., et al. d/b/a Home Owners Bargain Outlet (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • In re GEM Hospitality LLC, et al. (Bankr. C.D. Ill.)
  • In re Chellino Crane, Inc., et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • In re Agri-Fine, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • In re Mangia Mangia Corp. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)

Representative Chapter 11 Official Committee Engagements

  • Creditors' Committee Counsel: In re Perfect Brow Art, Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill.)
  • Equity Committee Counsel: In re AgFeed Industries, Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Creditors' Committee Counsel: In re Lyon Workspace Products, LLC, et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Creditors' Committee Counsel: In re Natural Pork Production II, LLP (Bankr. S.D. Iowa)
  • Creditors' Committee Counsel: In re Trainor Glass Co. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)

Representative Chapter 11 Postconfirmation Trust Engagements

  • Special litigation counsel to Liquidating Trustee: In re Sheehan Pipe Line Constr. Co. (Bankr. N.D. Okla.)
  • Co-Counsel to Creditor Trustee: In re Gulf Packaging, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Counsel to Litigation Trustee in In re Buffets Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Counsel to Liquidating Trustee: In re Duke & King Acquisition, Corp., et. al (Bankr. D. Minn.)
  • Counsel to Liquidating Trustee: In re Arch Aluminum & Glass Co., et. al (Bankr. S.D. Fla.)
  • Counsel to Chapter 11 Plan Administrator: In re Workflow Management, Inc., et. al (Bankr. E.D. Va.)

Additional Engagements

  • Counsel to alternative secured lenders in transactional engagements & enforcement proceedings
  • Bankruptcy counsel to secured lender in In re Elm Heating & Cooling, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Counsel to assignees for the benefit of creditors in distress and insolvency engagements
  • Bankruptcy counsel to multi-national Fortune 500 insurance & professional services company in AMR Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)

General Corporate Engagements: Vice Industries

Jack has advised numerous clients in the alcoholic beverage & cannabis industries, including recent engagements serving as:

  • Outside compliance & corporate counsel to craft distillery in Illinois
  • Counsel to private equity fund seeking to acquire Midwest-based spirits producer
  • Compliance & corporate advisory counsel to adult-use cannabis dispensary applicants in Illinois
  • Compliance advisory counsel to Midwest-based winery applicant