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   3Howard L. AdelmanChicago(312) 435-1050hla@ag-ltd.comhla@ag-ltd.comAdelman & Gettleman & Workout Law: CommercialInsolvencyBankruptcyReorganizationsCommercialLitigation
Howard L.
Adelman & Gettleman Ltd
53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 1050
Chicago IL 60604-3701
Ph.(312) 435-1050 Fx.(312) 435-1059Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial    Insolvency
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Adelman is a 1977 cum laude graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and Missouri. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Adelman was law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Dowd, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, and later became the Executive Judicial Assistant to the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District.

In 1978, Mr. Adelman joined the firm of Schwartz, Cooper, Kolb & Gaynor, and was made a partner in 1981. In 1983, Mr. Adelman formed the law firm of Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd. with Chad H. Gettleman. Since entering private practice in 1978, Mr. Adelman has devoted his entire professional practice to areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, insolvency, and corporate reorganization. Mr. Adelman has participated in major bankruptcy cases since 1978 as counsel to the Debtor as well as serving as counsel to Creditors' Committees, financial institutions and other parties, has confirmed numerous plans of reorganization, and has tried and argued cases in the Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court. Mr. Adelman has appeared in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions beginning with In re EDC Holding Company, 676 F.2d 945 (7th Cir. 1982), and most recently in Doctors Hospital of Hyde Park, Inc, 474 F.3d 421 (7th Cir. 2007).

Mr. Adelman has been listed for twenty (20) years in Naifeh and Smith's The Best Lawyers in America. He was noted as one of the World's Leading Lawyers by Chambers and Partners from 2002 to 2003, and as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business in from 2004 to 2012. He was chosen as one of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois in Illinois Super Lawyers® from 2006 to 2009, and one of the "Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois" from 2006 to 2009 by Leading Lawyers.

In October of 1999, Mr. Adelman was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Mr. Adelman served on the Advisory Committee through the implementation of BAPCPA in 2005. Mr. Adelman is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy as part of its Twelfth Class.

Bar Admissions:  
Missouri, 1978
Illinois, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Year of Birth:  1952

Law School:  Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude; Phi Alpha Theta

Undergraduate School:  Illinois State University, B.S., 1974

Employment History:  
  • Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois, Law Clerk to the Hon. George Moran, 1975 - 1976
  • Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, Law Clerk to Hon. Robert G. Dowd, Chief Judge, 1977
  • Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, Executive Judicial Assistant, 1978

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • United States Advisory Committee, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, 1999-2005
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
    • Treasurer

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004-2012
      • Chambers and Partners: World's Leading Lawyers, 2002-2003
      • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993-2012
      • "Top 10 Lawyers in Illinois Regardless of Specialty," Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2012
      • "Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois," Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2006-2012
      • "Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois," Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2006-2012
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial

Published Legal Writing:  
"Mortgage Liens in Bankruptcy," co-author, Financing Real Estate Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988

"Law of Guaranty," co-author, Secured Transactions Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988

"Burnside: A Clear and Present Threat to the Availability of Debtor Representation," co-author, Bankruptcy Law Advisor, Norton, 1989

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