James F. Conlan

Conlan, James F.


Chicago +1 312 853 6890

One South Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 853 6890

jconlan@sidley.com jconlan@sidley.com

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James F. Conlan


JIM CONLAN is co-leader of the firmwide Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Jim was born in Dubuque, Iowa, December 8, 1963 and became a partner in 1996.

Representative (public) engagements include: 

  • Dynegy Holdings (client, Debtor)
  • Tribune Company (client, Debtor)
  • RH Donnelley (client, Debtor)
  • Smurfit-Stone Container (client, Debtor)
  • Merisant (client, Debtor)
  • Budget Rent A Car Corporation (client, Debtor)
  • Meridian Automotive Systems (client, Debtor)
  • Owens Corning (client, Debtor)
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation, T&N Limited, et al. (client, Debtors)
  • Pliant Corporation (client, Debtor)
  • Sea Containers (client, Debtor)
  • Pegasus Satellite Television (client, Debtor)
  • Dow Corning Corporation (client, Baxter International, Inc., creditor and co-defendant)
  • Florida Coast Paper Company (client, 50% Equity Holder)
  • Pocket Communications, General Wireless, and Nextwave Personal Communications (client, Federal Communications Commission)
  • ANC (Alamo and National Car Rental)(client, MBIA)
  • Thorn Apple Valley (client, creditor and acquiror)
  • Medshares (client, Unsecured Creditors’ Committee)
  • Loewen Group, Inc. (out-of-court restructuring; client, senior debt syndicate)
  • Lone Star Steel Company (client, Lone Star Technologies, Parent)
  • One Financial Place (client, Debtor)
  • Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation (client, Unsecured Creditors’ Committee)
  • Fairchild Aircraft Corporation (client, senior lenders)
  • USG (client, senior lenders)
  • El Paso Electric (client, Debtor).

Jim was recognized as an “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” for 2016 by Turnaround & Workouts and a “Lawyer of the Year” in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law in The Best Lawyers in America 2015.

Lectures and Articles:

  • Lecturer, “Legacy Costs: Pension and Health-care Liabilities,” Milken Institute Global Conference 2005; Lecturer, “Cross Border Insolvency,” Insol (Cork, Ireland) 2003.
  • Lecturer, “Bordering on Bankruptcy, Dealing with Troubled Companies in the New Economy,” Fall 2001.
  • Lecturer, “What You Need to Know About Internet, eCommerce and Chapter 11, Investment Opportunities In The Distressed Market,” Spring 2000.
  • Co-Author, “CLE, Abandonment — An Issue of Priority,” February, 1991.
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Implications for U.K. Solvent Schemes of Arrangement, And More,” The Insurance Receiver, 1998.
  • Co-Author, “Environmental Law Developments,” The Secured Lender, 1996-1999.
  • Co-Author, “Representing the Secured Creditor,” IICLE Bankruptcy Practice, 1990 (Supp. 1992).
Memberships & Activities
  • Director, Heartland Financial USA
  • Director, Dubuque Bank & Trust Company (member of Loan Committee)
  • Director, Citizens Finance
  • Director, DB&T Insurance
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