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Daniel (Dan) Zazove



Dan Zazove, a leading practitioner in business insolvency and turnarounds for more than thirty-five years, has been recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field. He has represented numerous debtors, committees, creditors, trustees and asset purchasers in a wide range of industries including real estate, manufacturing, automotive, transportation, retail, hospitality, healthcare, legal and financial services. Dan is a prolific author and lecturer and an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is co-editor of the 1990 and 2006 Bankruptcy Handbooks published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyers," 2011 - 2014
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers," 2005 - 2010
  • Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - 2014
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network as Illinois Leading Lawyer for Bankruptcy and Workout Law: Commercial
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 - Present: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • WHO'S WHO LEGAL Illinois
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • Rated Superb on 

Professional Leadership

  • ABI Commission to Study Reform of Chapter 11
  • American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Bankruptcy Committee
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Program Director; Author; Lecturer, Editor of Bankruptcy Handbook
  • Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School, Fall 2008 and 2009

Related Employment

  • Kaye Scholer, LLP, Chicago, IL, 2001 - 2005
  • Field & Golan, LLP, Chicago, IL, 1999 - 2001
  • Barbakoff Zazove & Glick, Chicago, IL, 1993 - 1999
  • Towbin & Zazove, Ltd.,  Chicago, IL, 1980 - 1993
  • Schwartz Cooper Kolb & Gaynor, Chicago, IL, 1975 - 1980
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, 1973 - 1975


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois


Chambers Ranked