Professional Biography
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Daniel (Dan) Zazove Of Counsel

  • Austin

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    500 West Second Street, Suite 1900

    Austin, TX 78701




Dan Zazove, a leading practitioner in business insolvency and turnarounds for more than forty 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 and the Co-Chair of the Seventh Circuit Education Committee of the American College of Bankruptcy.

*Admitted in Illinois only.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

    • Recognized as a "Top 100 Illinois Attorney" by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Bankruptcy/Restructuring Lawyers," 2011 - 2021
    • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Business Lawyers," 2005 - 2010
    • Listed as a "Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney" and "Illinois Super Lawyer" as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - 2019
    • Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network as Illinois Leading Lawyer for Bankruptcy and Workout Law: Commercial
    • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2007 - 2022: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy
    • WHO'S WHO LEGAL Illinois
    • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
    • Rated Superb on 

*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

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
  • American College of Bankruptcy, Co-Chairman of the Seventh Circuit Education Committee; Judicial Committee Member

Community Involvement

  • Recognized as Volunteer of the Year for Bankruptcy Help Desk by LAF Chicago, 2018

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






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • 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


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