Mark Melickian

Mark S. MelickianPartner

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Mark Melickian heads the firm’s Bankruptcy, Reorganization, and Creditor’s Rights practice group.  He works toward the economic heart of the problem for his clients in both litigation and transactional matters, with a focus on chapter 11 commercial bankruptcy cases and non-bankruptcy distressed situations. 

Mark has successfully represented financial institutions, indenture trustees, trade creditors, asset purchasers, investors, commercial real estate interests, corporate officers, and other parties in interest in chapter 11 cases throughout the country.  Mark represents commercial debtors, most recently steering an Iowa-based community hospital system through chapter 11 and the successful sale of substantially all of its assets, leading to confirmation of a liquidating plan that will generate a material return to creditors.  A significant focus of his practice is the representation of committees and other estate fiduciaries in bankruptcy cases – over the past two decades, he has counseled dozens of official and unofficial bankruptcy committees, liquidating trustees, litigation trustees, and plan administrators charged with pursuing and liquidating assets for the benefit of estate creditors. 

He also has significant experience with the management and disposition of commercial vehicles and equipment and commercial real estate properties and other assets in distressed debt and bankruptcy situations, including experience gained in-house with Navistar Financial Corporation, where he handled a wide variety of complex corporate, transactional, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation matters for the financial affiliate of commercial vehicle manufacturer Navistar, Inc.

Mark has written extensively on bankruptcy and insolvency law and other topics, having contributed materials on these subjects to American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Bankruptcy Strategist, Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update, Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy, Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, the Cornell University Legal Ethics Library, and professional conferences and seminars over the past two decades.  For several years, he wrote a monthly legal affairs column for Student Lawyer, an America Bar Association publication, for which he received the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Mark has committed significant time to pro bono matters, public interest law and not-for-profit concerns, including serving on the board of directors of Chicago's Public Interest Law Initiative and San Francisco's Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (now known as the Giffords Law Center), a national public policy organization dedicated to the reduction of gun-related violence in our communities.  He and his son are long-suffering White Sox fans, and he and his wife, Erin are dedicated if increasingly deaf followers of their daughter’s rock bands. 

Memberships

American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Turnaround Management Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

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Honors


Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in: Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial (2017)

Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, Columns/Commentary (1993) – given by
  The Chicago Headline Club (http://headlineclub.org/)

5.0/5.0 Overall Client Rating – Martindale.com

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Civic & Professional

  • Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (San Francisco, CA) – Board of Directors
  • Adoption-Link (Oak Park, IL) – Board of Directors, Secretary and Executive Committee
  • Public Interest Law Initiative (Chicago, IL) – Board of Directors
  • Near North Montessori School (Chicago, IL) – Board of Directors (2004-08), Chair of Audit and Corporate Governance Committees
  • Turnaround Management Association, Chicago/Midwest Chapter – Education Committee Co-Chair (incoming, 2013)

Mark S. Melickian's recent or notable engagements and experience includes:

  • Served as special healthcare reorganization counsel and lead transaction counsel to Central Iowa Healthcare in its chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Iowa, a hospital and clinic system serving four Iowa counties. In 2017, led a successful Section 363 sale of hospital assets to a large not for profit healthcare system, resulting in uninterrupted operations and the retention of over 95% of hospital employees. 
  • Counsel to global financial institution and special litigation counsel to Horace Fox, the chapter 7 Trustee, in the chapter 7 liquidation of Sage Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.), a $400+ million annual revenue supplier of on-board supplies to the airline industry.   Key team member and coordinator of the team that successfully prosecuted a $2.2 million contract collection dispute action against Continental Airlines, and successfully defended the lender and debtor in a multi-million dollar litigation brought by a vendor under the Perishable Commodities Agricultural Act.
  • Counsel to official bankruptcy committees of creditors or equity holders in the following cases – In re Etcher Farms, Inc. et al (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re Quadrant 4 Systems Corp. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re AgFeed USA LLC et al (Bankr. D. Del.); In re World Marketing Chicago LLC, et al (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Newton Manufacturing (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re Lyons Workspace Products  (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re: Natural Pork Production II LLC (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re Trainor Glass Company (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re JS II, LLC (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Builders Plumbing & Supply Co. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Golden Bear Oil Specialties (Bankr. C.D. Cal.); In re Telehub Communication Corporation (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Emerald Casino (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Midcom Communications, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.)
  • Counsel to chapter 11 trustees, liquidating trustees and plan administrators in various notable chapter 11 cases, including: In re AgFeed USA, LLC et al. (Bankr. D. Del.); In re Trainor Glass Company (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re World Marketing Chicago et al (Bankr. N.D. Ill.); In re Newton Manufacturing (Bankr. S.D. Iowa); In re Food Management Group LLC (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.); In re Duke & King Acquisition, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.); In re Workflow Management Corp. (Bankr. E.D. Va.); In re Favorite Brands International Holding Corp. (Bankr. D. Del.); In re Golden Bear Oil Specialties (Bankr. M.D. Cal.).
  • Counsel to one of the nation’s largest financial institutions in the chapter 11 reorganization of Kmart Corporation  (Bankr. N.D. Ill.), in which the client held mortgages on approximately 100 of Kmart’s owned or leased retail properties and distribution centers.
  • Counsel to a multi-national Fortune 500 insurance and professional services company in numerous large chapter 11 cases over the past few years including In re Patriot Coal (Bankr. E.D. Mo.) and In re AMR Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).
  • Primary counsel to the collateral trustee of a 26-aircraft leasing trust secured by commercial aircraft leased to the following entities in their chapter 11 cases - Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.), United Air Lines (Bankr. N.D. Ill.), and Northwest Airlines Corporation (Bankr. S.D. N.Y.).   
  • Primary counsel to the Liquidating Trustee for Favorite Brands International Holding Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.) throughout the liquidation and closure of its $300 million estate.    
  • In re Pacific Gas & Electric (Bankr. N.D. Cal.).  In the nation’s largest utility bankruptcy to date, SFGH attorneys represented a national financial institution as indenture trustee in connection with over $100 million in subordinated debt. 

  • In re Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).  In the bankruptcy of the world’s largest commercial airline company by fleet size, a SFGH attorney represented a national financial institution as trustee and collateral agent for an aircraft leasing trust secured by numerous commercial aircraft impacted by the Delta bankruptcy. 

  • In re Northwest Airlines Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).  In the bankruptcy of the world’s sixth largest commercial airline company prior to its merger with Delta Air Lines, one of our attorneys represented a national financial institution as trustee and collateral agent for an aircraft leasing trust secured by numerous commercial aircraft impacted by the Northwest Airlines Corporation bankruptcy. 

  • In re Favorite Brands International Holding Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.).  In the bankruptcy of this Chicago-based regional telecommunications company, SFGH attorneys represented a national financial institution as indenture trustee in connection with over $30 million in senior subordinated debt. 

  • In re FLYi, Inc. (Independence Air) (Bankr. D. Del.).  In the bankruptcy of this Washington, DC-based regional air carrier, a SFGH attorney represented a national financial institution as trustee and collateral agent for an aircraft leasing trust secured by numerous commercial aircraft impacted by the Flyi bankruptcy.