Traditional Bankruptcy Services

Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP has a broad traditional bankruptcy practice representing secured and unsecured trade creditors, landlords and tenants, asset and debt purchasers, and defendants in preference and fraudulent transfer litigation in virtually every major chapter 11 case filed nationally in the last fifteen years.  We have also represented chapter 7, chapter 11 and liquidation trustees as well as post-confirmation plan administrators in numerous complex regional and national bankruptcy cases.  In these engagements, we have initiated thousands of complex avoidance action litigation claims, resolved countless of objections to secured, unsecured and priority claims, pursued collection of large account receivables, and liquidated assets for hundreds of millions of dollars for the benefit of creditors.


Speaking Engagements

  • 06/13/2012

    A Discussion with Professor Douglas Baird

    On June 13, 2012, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP hosted Professor Douglas Baird of the University of Chicago for the monthly luncheon meeting of the Turnaround Management Association Chicago/Midwest Chapter's Certified Turnaround Professionals.

  • 11/01/2010

    Foreclosure 201: Challenges and Opportunities

    Christopher J. Horvay served as a panelist devoted to real estate insolvencies and workouts.  Specifically, this panel addressed issues arising in pre-bankruptcy negotiations, including practical solutions required to avert a bankruptcy filing.

  • 11/01/2005

    Current Issues Raised by the Bankruptcy Abuse, Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

    Christopher J. Horvay served as a panelist during an event for the Business Valuation Assocation of Chicago where he discussed amendments and revisions to the Bankruptcy Code enacted in 2005, including the impact of the legislative changes on retail chapter 11 cases. 

  • 11/19/2004

    The Troubled Loan Workout Process: The Late Stages

    Christopher J. Horvay developed and led a case study workshop devoted to negotiation skills and understanding the strategic considerations in retail chapter 11 cases.

  • 05/24/2004

    Real Estate in Bankruptcy

    Christopher J. Horvay served as a guest commentator during a panel at John Marshall Law School entitled "Real Estate in Bankruptcy," where he delivered commentary in response to comments by Professor Douglas Baird of the University of Chicago Law School with regard to the original expectations for the new Bankruptcy Code when enacted in 1978.

  • 02/25/2004

    The Troubled Loan Workout Process: The Early Stages

    Christopher J. Horvay moderated a panel pertaining to restructuring negotiations and co-led a workshop that incorporated the lessons gleaned from the panel into practical strategies for the participants.

  • 02/05/2002

    Bankruptcy: A Creditor's Perspective in Illinois

    Christopher J. Horvay planned and led a panel of distinguished Chicago-area bankruptcy practitioners and delivered remarks pertaining to the typical chapter 11 case in Illinois. 

  • 10/01/1998

    Show Me the Money: Funding Turnarounds

    Christopher J. Horvay moderated a panel at the Tenth Annual TMA Conference held at the Westin Chicago where panelists discussed alternative funding sources for reorganization scenarios in chapter 11 cases.

  • 05/01/1998

    Recent Developments in Finance that Every Lender Needs to Know/Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law

    Christopher J. Horvay spoke to an audience comprised mainly of senior lenders with regards to recent Supreme Court cases and Seventh Circuit case law, including recent developments pertaining to letters of credit, fraudulent conveyance, single asset real estate cases and legislative changes.


Traditional Bankruptcy Services – Experience

Our collective experience includes representing creditors and other parties in interest in hundreds of chapter 11 cases, among them, the following:

  • 203 North LaSalle (Bankr. N.D. Ill; US Sup Ct.)
  • A.G.A. Flowers (Bankr. S.D. Fla.)
  • AgFeed USA, LLC et al (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Agri-Best Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Air South Airlines, Inc. (Bankr. D.S.C.)
  • Alliant Manufacturing (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Altheimer & Gray (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • AMR Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y)
  • Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. (Bankr. S.D. Fla.)
  • ATA Airlines, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Ind.)
  • Borders Group, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Builders Plumbing & Heating Supply Co. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Cafeteria Operators, LP (Bankr. N.D. Tex.)
  • Central Grocers, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Chrysler LLC (aka Old CarCo) (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Circuit City Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Va.)
  • CPC Laboratories, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • CRP-2 Holdings AA, L.P. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Davis Manufacturing (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Duke & King Acquisition, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.)
  • Favorite Brands International Holding Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Florsheim, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • FLYi, Inc. (Independence Air) (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Food Management Group LLC (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Frankfort Inc., et al (f/k/a Rohn Industries, Inc.) (Bankr. S.D. Ind.)
  • Gas City. Ltd. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • General Motors Corporation (aka Motors Liquidation Corp.) (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Giordano’s Enterprises, Inc., et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Golden Bear Oil Specialties, Inc. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
  • Hartford Computer Hardware, Inc.  (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • JS II, LLC (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Kentuckiana Medical Center LLC (Bankr. S.D. Ind.)
  • Kmart Corporation (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Knight-Celotex LLC (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Lynx Property Corp. (Lynx Associates) (Bankr. D.N.J.)
  • Lyon Workspace Products, LLC, et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.) 
  • LyondellBasell Industries, Inc. (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Mangia Mangia, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Mervyn’s Holdings, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Michael Tolomeo (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Midcom Communications, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.)
  • Natural Pork Production II, LLP (Bankr. S.D. Iowa)
  • New Creative Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. S.D. Ohio)
  • New Page Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Newton Manufacturing Co. (Bankr. S.D. Iowa)
  • Northwest Airlines Corporation (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric (Bankr. N.D. Cal.)
  • Quadrant 4 System Corporation, et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Renaissance Residential of Countryside, LLC (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Rite Way Mechanical Installations, Inc. (Bankr. D. Minn.)
  • RWJ Management Co., Inc., et al. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Sage Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • TEC Foods, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Mich.)
  • Telehub Communication Corporation (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Trainor Glass Company (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Tribune Company (nka Tribune Media Company) (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • United Airlines, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Wagstaff Minnesota Inc., et al. (Bankr. D. Minn.)
  • Washington Mutual, Inc. (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Workflow Management, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Va.)
  • World Marketing Chicago, LLC et al (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • WorldCom (Bankr. D. Del.)

Our attorneys’ significant liquidating trustee or plan administrator representations include:

  • AgFeed USA LLC et al (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Trainor Glass Company (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • World Marketing Chicago et al (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Lyon Workspace Products (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Arch Aluminum & Glass Co. (Bankr. S.D. Fla.)
  • Agri-Best Foods, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Duke & King Acquisition Co. (Bankr. D. Minn.)
  • Favorite Brands International Holding Corporation (Bankr. D. Del.)
  • Golden Bear Oil Specialties, Inc. (Bankr. C.D. Cal.)
  • Food Management Group LLC (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.)
  • Sage Enterprises, Inc. (Bankr. N.D. Ill.)
  • Workflow Management, Inc. (Bankr. E.D. Va.)