Scott Lewis is a partner and member of Chapman’s Special Situations and Restructuring Group. He concentrates his practice on bankruptcy, workout, and commercial litigation matters, including the representation of indenture trustees, financial institutions, secured lenders, and other commercial clients. He has participated in litigation, restructuring, and workouts involving a wide range of industries, including financial services, food processing, construction, and manufacturing. He also participates in proceedings related to professional malpractice, foreclosures, and other commercial actions.

Scott often advises clients with respect to the bankruptcy safe harbors for derivative transactions, RMBS representation and warranty litigation, and municipal bankruptcy matters. He also represents clients in many aspects of the Lehman bankruptcy. He has analyzed the eligibility of hundreds of municipal entities for bankruptcy and/or state insolvency relief for various financial institutions.  

Scott is an Illinois-registered CPA with experience in both audit and tax.

Representative Matters

Scott has recently represented clients in the following matters:

  • Termination and settlement of derivative agreements and financial contracts (and application of related bankruptcy safe harbors)
  • RMBS repurchase claims
  • Municipal bankruptcy issues
  • Indenture trustee matters
  • Auditor malpractice actions
  • Claims under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act
  • Commercial foreclosure proceedings
  • Mechanics’ lien litigation


Registered Certified Public Accountant, Illinois



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude,  2002

  • Order of the Coif

DePaul University, M.S., Accountancy, 1994

Vanderbilt University, A.B., Economics, cum laude, 1990




  • Panelist, “Treatment of Derivative, Repurchase Agreements and Forward, Commodities and Securities Contracts in Bankruptcy,” Chapman and Cutler CLE Marathon. May 2014.

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