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Jenner & Block LLP

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Catherine Steege

Jenner & Block LLP


Partner and Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Litigation Practice; member of the Bankruptcy, Workout and Corporate Reorganization


Catherine L. Steege is Co-Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation Practice, and is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. She represented the Section 1114 Committees in the American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United Airlines Chapter 11 cases. She has handled complex litigation arising out of the bankruptcy filings for LA Dodgers LLP, Tribune Co., Sentinel Management Group, Inc., Emerald Casino, Magnatrax Corporation, National Steel Corp. and Consolidated Industries Corp. She recently argued in the United States Supreme Court for the petitioner in Wellness International v. Sharif. She also was one of the attorneys representing the Lehman Brothers Examiner.


American College of Bankruptcy; American Bankruptcy Institute; American Bar Association; Catholic Lawyers Guild; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Conference; National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees


DePaul University College of Law, 1982; with honors; Managing Editor, Lead Articles, DePaul Law Review; Northwestern University, B.S.J., 1978

United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

Within: Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate

The team at Jenner & Block LLP is ‘strong in specific restructuring skills’, particularly cases requiring knowledge of the nuances of bankruptcy law, such as avoidance action litigation, the representation of trustees and examiners in bankruptcy cases and the representation of Section 1114 retiree committees. Recent work includes advising committees regarding the Chapter 11s of The Budd Company and Walter Energy; in the former, the firm represented the committee of executive and administrative retirees, and negotiated a settlement agreement in addition to conducting an investigation into causes of action against certain third-party entities. In the latter, the firm represented a 3,000-member 1114 committee and negotiated a settlement resolving the debtor’s motion to terminate and cease paying for retiree benefits. Elsewhere, the team represented the Chapter 7 trustee for Emerald Casino and the liquidation trustee of Sentinel Management Group with respect to an ongoing $1bn investment adviser fraud case. Catherine Steege in Chicago and Richard Levin in New York head the team.

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