Jonathan P. Friedland

Jonathan P. Friedland

Chicago, IL


Jonathan is a corporate and corporate restructuring attorney who has built a reputation for fiercely representing his clients in the boardroom, the courtroom, and everywhere in between. Clients rely on his creative and practical strategies to get deals done as well as his ability to explain complex concepts in plain English.

On the transactional side, Jonathan serves as outside general counsel to closely held businesses and their principals, representing private equity funds and others in their M&A activities, and structuring new businesses, business lines, joint ventures, and other significant commercial relationships. Jonathan also advises on fiduciary duties, corporate structuring issues, credit negotiations, general contract issues, succession planning, employee matters, and business disputes.

Jonathan’s corporate restructuring and insolvency experience is extensive. He counsels companies in financial distress, leading debtor representations in Chapter 11 cases, assignments for the benefit of creditors, controlled Article 9 processes, out-of-court workouts, and wind-downs for scores of companies, ranging in size from under $5 million to more than $1 billion in revenue. Jonathan also has extensive experience representing other constituents in these situations, including owners, directors, senior management, creditors, investors, and buyers.

Jonathan’s clients hail from a diverse range of industries, including auction services, auto, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, distribution, education, food, fulfillment, gaming, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, metals, nonprofit, private equity, professional services, publishing, quarry mining, retail, reverse logistics, software/cloudware, solar, telecom, and textiles.



University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
J.D., 1994
State University of New York at Albany
B.S., 1991, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Professional Organizations

  • Private Directors Association, New York Metro Chapter, Founder and Co-President
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Former Director and Co-Executive Editor of the ABI Journal


  • Leading Lawyers Network, Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial, Creditor's Rights/Commercial Collections Law, 2008-2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2011-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Preeminent
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