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321 North Clark Street, Suite 800
Chicago Chicago, Illinois 60654 United States

Committee Member

Bob a key IR member, attending our events around the world. As co-chair of the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors Rights practice of Shaw Fishman, Bob's focus is resolving his clients’ difficult financial issues. He perfectly placed to sit on our Insolvency practice area committee.

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As co-chair of the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditors Rights practice of Shaw Fishman, Bob Fishman’s focus is resolving his clients’ difficult financial issues.

Whether representing a debtor or creditor, through an informal out-of-court workout or through the bankruptcy process, he partners with his clients to find the most efficient and beneficial solution for their situation. He has represented clients in numerous industries including health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, retail, transportation, and financial services. An experienced practitioner, Bob has participated in all aspects of the bankruptcy process. He has represented trustees, debtors, creditors’ and equity committees, secured and unsecured creditors, purchasers of assets, and litigants in adversary proceedings. 

Bob is currently serving as the Fee Examiner in the City of Detroit, Michigan Chapter 9 case, pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, reviewing and reporting to the Court on the invoices of sixteen (16) professional firms representing either the City of Detroit or the Official Committee of Retirees. 

Bankruptcy Mediation has become a very significant part of Bob’s practice. He was appointed the Special Mediator in the Lauth Investment Properties, LLC (IN) case and successfully assisted the parties therein in reaching a global settlement that allowed for the confirmation of a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.  Bob was retained as the Mediator in the Eastern Livestock Co., LLC (IN) case and mediated a nine party set of controversies that ultimately lead to a settlement between seven of the parties and allowed for the Trustee’s plan to be confirmed.  Bob has also mediated traditional numerous party disputes such as preference, fraudulent conveyance and automatic stay controversies.  Bob attended the inaugural American Bankruptcy Institute/St. John’s Law School Bankruptcy Mediation Training Program in 2011 (40 hours of bankruptcy mediation training) and was a member of the faculty for the 2012 and 2013 programs.  Bob is currently Chairman of the American Bankruptcy Institute Bankruptcy Mediation Committee, which is now working on a set of proposed Model Rules for mediation. 

A leader in the insolvency field, Bob frequently authors materials and addresses audiences on topics concerning bankruptcy, creditors’ rights issues and bankruptcy litigation.

Bob is active in many professional organizations. His current positions include:
Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Bankruptcy; Chairman of the Mediation Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute; Secured Creditors and U.S. Trustee subcommittees of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the American Bar Association; Bankruptcy Litigation Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; Bankruptcy and Insolvency Group of the National Association of Credit Managers-Oregon, Inc.; and the Chicago Bar Association.

Bob is also the Chairman of the Bankruptcy Remote Entities, Bankruptcy Proofing and Public Policy Advisory Group to the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study Chapter 11 Reform. 

His past leadership positions include:  Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the American Bankruptcy Institute; member of the Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association; and member of the Board of Directors of the George Washington University Law Alumni Association.

Bob has also been given an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell, been named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine, an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulleting Publishing Company and listed in the area of bankruptcy by Chambers USA, a listing of preeminent lawyers in the United States. 

Firm description

Since our founding in 1988, Shaw Fishman has grown through a unique strategy that gives our clients the advantages of personalized service and counsel from a focused boutique practice, and comprehensive practice strengths reflecting the capabilities of a large commercial law firm. 

A number of lawyers have practiced at major national firms before joining Shaw Fishman, which means we serve major corporations and small businesses alike with a combination of sophisticated advice and responsive counsel.  And our lawyers’ combination of commercial bankruptcy and workout experience and hands-on trial capability is rare in a firm our size. 

It reflects the combination of credentials and experience expected of a firm with our capabilities, giving our clients the benefit of close cooperation with a skilled lawyer who understands the financial and practical costs involved and develops cost-effective solutions tailored to meet specific business needs.These focused strengths are the foundation of an equally focused practice with nationally recognized capabilities in three specific aspects of the law.