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Thomas Fawkes

Thomas Fawkes practices in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and financial restructuring.
Tom represents official committees, unsecured and secured creditors, debtors, financial institutions, post-confirmation trustees, and asset purchasers in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and liquidation proceedings throughout the United States. He has represented clients in matters including plan confirmations, preference, fraudulent transfer and other bankruptcy litigation, cash collateral and debtor-in-possession financing, section 363 sale transactions, real estate and equipment leasing disputes, and claims reconciliation. Tom also assists clients in structuring their commercial transactions to mitigate the risk of future bankruptcy and insolvency issues.
Tom has been recognized on a national scale for his professional accomplishments, particularly his representation of creditors' committees in chapter 11 cases, as well as creditors and other parties in notable bankruptcies. He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys in Illinois, with sources describing him as “really tenacious, thorough and knowledgeable.” One of only 12 attorneys selected nationwide, Tom was named an "Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer" by the editors of Turnarounds & Workouts in 2013.
Tom is a native Chicagoan and, therefore, a long-suffering fan of the Chicago Bears, despite the fact that they have not won a Super Bowl since he was in grade school. He is happily married with a precocious 6-year-old son, and he enjoys world travel, cooking, playing golf poorly, and homebrewing in his spare time.