Barry A. Chatz
Mr. Chatz is a partner in the Chicago office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP and is the chair of the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and Restructuring Practice Group. He represents lenders, unsecured creditors, corporate debtors and trustees in numerous matters around the country.
Professional Activities and Achievements
Mr. Chatz is an active member of the Illinois, California, and American Bar Associations, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He serves as a panel bankruptcy trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Chatz served with the Office of the United States Trustee for the Central District of California from 1987-1990 through the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Chatz has authored and contributed to numerous trade publications on bankruptcy-related topics. He recently participated in a “virtual roundtable” regarding US bankruptcy issues. The full report from the roundtable was published in Financier Worlwide Magazine, October 2012 issue. Mr. Chatz also wrote the Introduction of Financier Worldwide’s “Compendium 2012 – Bankruptcy & Restructuring.” In conjunction, he participated in the Compendium’s “Roundtable: Bankruptcy,” which focused on industry trends.
Mr. Chatz has a number of articles published in Thomson Reuters News & Insight Bankruptcy Law including “BAPCPA and the middle class conundrum,” “Stern v. Marshall: A narrow ruling creating broad problems in the bankruptcy process,” “After RadLAX: A practitioner’s guide,” “Beware of your fruits and vegetables: The nondischargeability of PACA related debts in bankruptcy,” and his most recent article, “A step inside consumer bankruptcy.”
Furthermore, Mr. Chatz authored the October 2011 article, “Midwest word from the street: times still are disconcerting,” which appeared in Financier Worldwide’s Global Reference Guide: Americas Restructuring 2011. Likewise, he was a featured panelist in Financier Worldwide Magazine‘s “2011 U.S. Bankruptcy Roundtable Report.” In 2013, he was again a featured panelist in the magazine’s “Roundtable: Bankruptcy in the Americas” article.
Mr. Chatz is an instructor at the John Marshall Law School. He teaches the real estate law class, “Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws Affecting Real Estate.” He has spoken before many legal organizations including the Commercial Law League of America and Committees of the American Bar Association as well as private businesses. Mr. Chatz also appeared on the judicial panel at the National Business Institute’s “Bankruptcy Judicial and Trustee Forum.”
DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1987)
University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1984)
State of Illinois
State of California