Jeffrey L. Gansberg

Jeffrey L. Gansberg

Special Counsel
Chicago, IL


Jeff is an experienced bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and trial attorney with an extensive background in both the transactional and litigation aspects of insolvency, reorganization and creditors’ rights representations. Jeff represents debtors, trustees, creditors and creditors’ committees from a wide range of industries, including health care, travel, transportation, manufacturing, retail, insurance, entertainment and communications. Jeff has represented constituencies in restructuring matters including workouts, forbearance agreements, and assignments for the benefit of creditors where he has represented both assignors and assignees. Jeff also represents receivers appointed by the state and federal courts. His representations include matters involving publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, as well as middle-market, privately held and family-owned businesses.

Jeff counsels clients on all aspects of complex Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters, including asset purchases, preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, privacy issues and debtor-in-possession financing. He regularly represents clients in various state and federal district courts, including appellate courts. Additionally, Jeff counsels clients on out of court restructurings and other aspects of financially disbursed transactions. Jeff also has extensive mediation experience.

Shortly after earning his law degree, Jeff served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable John D. Schwartz in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While in law school, he served as a Student Clinical Intern in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri, received the Scholar In Law Award and served on the Moot Court Board.

Jeff co-authored the “Claims” chapter of the business bankruptcy treatise published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) and routinely makes presentations on insolvency, reorganization and creditors’ rights issues. 



Washington University School of Law
J.D., 1997
University of Delaware
B.S., 1993

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


Jeff serves as secretary for the NightBlue Theater Company and is also a former member of CAN TV, an independent nonprofit cable television station that works with and produces shows for people and entities in Chicago.

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