Bankruptcy Law

Chicago Coup Lures 8-Lawyer Group

In a hot-practice-area coup in Chicago, Bell, Boyd & Lloyd has lured eight bankruptcy lawyers, including a new practice group head, from rival Freeborn & Peters.

The lateral group will help Bell, Boyd rev up its bankruptcy practice, which suffered a raid earlier this year by Baker & McKenzie, reports New York Lawyer (reg. req.), in a reprint of a National Law Journal article.

Harley J. Goldstein, 35, will now lead the 10-lawyer bankruptcy and restructuring group at Bell, Boyd. He replaces Carmen Lonstein, who earlier joined Baker & McKenzie’s financial restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice with two Bell, Boyd colleagues.

James E. Morgan, 38, will also be a Bell, Boyd partner, and five other Freeborn attorneys–Sarah Bryan, Joseph DiRago, Jeffrey Heller, Matthew E. McClintock and Sven T. Nylen–are making the move as associates. Clinton W. Francis, a Northwestern University School of Law professor, is coming with the group as a consultant.

The Bell, Boyd raid now leaves Freeborn’s practice group with three partners and five associates–half the number of bankruptcy lawyers it had before.

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