Jack O'Connor

Jack O'ConnorAssociate

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Jack O'Connor is an associate in SFGH’s Chicago office, advising businesses in all phases of development and operations. Jack focuses his practice in the areas of corporate restructuring and turnarounds, commercial real estate, and advisory services for businesses in the craft beverage, cannabis, and gaming sectors.

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 3 years in a row, and was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers magazine for 2017.

Business Transactions & Compliance Practice

Jack also counsels corporate clients, with a focus on working with businesses in the craft beverage and spirits sector, as well as the cannabis and gaming industries. 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.

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, homebrewer, and 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 (2015-2016)

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


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.).