Norman Newman

Norman B. NewmanCounsel

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A creditors' rights, insolvency and bankruptcy attorney for 40 of his 44 years in practice, Norm has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees and bankruptcy trustees in all phases of proceedings under the Bankruptcy Code.


Norm has extensive experience handling reorganizations, in-court and out-of-court loan workouts, creditor compositions, liquidations, assignments for the benefit of creditors and various other matters involving financial distress. He has served as bankruptcy trustee in a number of significant cases and is a member of the Private Panel of Trustees for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Norm is a charter member and has served as President of the TMA/Chicago Midwest Memorial Scholarship Foundation from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2012. Norm is a past chair of the board of directors of the Buffalo Grove Unit of the American Cancer Society and a volunteer with the Northwest Suburban Jewish Community Center.

Norm is the author of several articles and is a frequent speaker on insolvency, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights topics for a variety of business and professional groups.


American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
     Former Chair of the Bankruptcies and Reorganization Committee
U.S. Trustee Advisory Council
     Former Chair
Turnaround Management Association
     Past President of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter
American Bankruptcy Institute
Commercial Law League of America
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees



Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2005) 

Leading Lawyers Network, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial and Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law (2005-2019) 

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent®


  • 08/07/2019

    Norman B. Newman Joins Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP

    Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP announced today that leading bankruptcy attorney Norman B. Newman has joined its Chicago office as Senior Counsel in its Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency & Special Situations Group. Norm joins the Firm from Much Shelist, P.C., where he served as Practice Group Leader of its Creditor Rights, Insolvency & Business Bankruptcy Group for many years.   

Norman B. Newman's recent or notable engagements and experience includes: