Barrett, William J.

  Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Bill is chairman of the Firm's Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Group. He has been involved in the representation of debtors and creditors’ committees in large Chapter 11 cases, including Kmart Corporation and Comdisco, Inc.  Bill also represents secured creditors in bankruptcy cases for whom he has litigated stay relief, adequate protection, cash collateral, DIP financing, and confirmation issues. Recently, Bill’s secured creditor practice has included a number of cases involving real estate properties such as multi-family housing, shopping centers and leased industrial facilities.  He also consults with borrowers and creditors in strategies for resolving debtor/creditor problems.

Bill has defended numerous preference, fraudulent transfer, and breach of duty cases. He also frequently represents buyers in asset purchases under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.


  • University of Southern California, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1985
  • Michigan State University, B.A., with honors, 1980

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
  • Fashion, Luxury & Retail
  • Litigation
  • Motor Vehicle Group