- Bank Defense
- Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Workouts
- Claims and Recovery Litigation
- Commercial Foreclosure and Real Estate Litigation
- Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Corporate Counseling
- Employment Law
- Fiduciary Litigation
- Merchant Bank Credit Card Processing Claims
- Troubled Securitizations
- Workouts and Out-of-Court Restructurings
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1986
University of Illinois, B.A., Classics, 1983
- Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1986
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1986
Mike Benz is a partner in Chapman's Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group and has been practicing law since 1986. He has extensive experience representing secured and unsecured creditors and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings, workout matters and commercial litigation.
Mike regularly represents creditor clients in securitization and structured finance matters as they overlap with bankruptcy law. In addition, he advises creditor clients on municipal bankruptcy issues under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code.
He has argued cases in Bankruptcy and District Courts across the country, as well as before the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court.
He has also testified before the Rules Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Judiciary Committee of the Illinois Senate in support of legislation relating to the rights of foster parents.
- Representation of securitization trustee in trial and appellate court fraudulent transfer litigation
- Representation of secured creditor In litigation over non-monetary default
- Representation of secured creditor in bankruptcy proceeding of automobile dealership and related Section 363 sale
- Representation of securitization trustee in automatic stay and cash collateral litigation
- Representation of secured creditor and DIP lender in chapter 11 bankruptcy case of garden products company and related Section 363 sale
- Representation of national bank acting as escrow agent in M&A escrow dispute
Recent Reported Decisions
- RTP, LLC v. ORIX Real Estate Capital, Inc., 2014 WL 4414512 (N.D. Ill. 2014)
- Harris N.A. v. Hershey, 711 F.3d 394 (7th Cir. 2013)
- Paloian v. LaSalle, 619 F.3d F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2010)
- Paloian v. LaSalle, 507 B.R. 558 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2013)
- LRN Holding, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, 2013 IL App (3d) 120595-U
- In re Sterling Estates (Delaware), LLC, 2011 WL 45602 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2011)
- In re Palmer, 438 B.R. 167 (Bankr. W.D. Wisc. 2010)
- Co-Author, "Tax Sales and Fraudulent Transfers: Two Approaches," Law360. September 27, 2016.
- Co-Author, "A Cautionary Tale for Over-Secured Creditors," Law360. May 25, 2016.
- Co-Author, "The Seventh Circuit Ups the Ante in an Instructive Decision Affirming the Power of Bankruptcy Courts to Stay Litigation," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law. April/May 2016.
- Co-Author, "Turning Paper into Cash: Post-Judgment Collection Methods," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law. July/August 2014.
- Co-Author, "Recent Noteworthy Securitization Case," Client Alert. October 23, 2013.
- Co-Author, "2013 Foreclosure Litigation — Bid Amounts at Judicial Sales," Client Alert. March 19, 2013.
- Co-Author, "Secondary Market Tax-Exempt Asset Securitization for Sponsors, Investors, Other Market Participants and Their Counsel," American Bar Association. June 2005.