Howard L. Adelman


Partner Shareholder

Phone Number: 312-435-1050


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Howard L. Adelman is a 1977 cum laude graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and Missouri. Upon his graduation from law school, Howard was the staff law clerk assigned to the Honorable Robert G. Dowd, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, and later became the Executive Judicial Assistant to the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District.

In 1978, Howard joined the firm of Schwartz, Cooper, Kolb & Gaynor, and was made a partner in 1981. In 1983 Howard formed the law firm of Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd. with Chad H. Gettleman. Since entering private practice in 1978, he has devoted his entire professional practice to the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, insolvency, and corporate reorganization. He has participated in major bankruptcy cases since 1978 as counsel to the Debtor, as well as serving as counsel to Creditors' Committees, financial institutions and other parties, has confirmed numerous plans of reorganization, and has tried and argued cases in the Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court. He has appeared in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions beginning with In re EDC Holding Company, 676 F.2d 945 (7th Cir. 1982), and most recently In re Doctors Hospital of Hyde Park, Inc., 474 F.3d 421 (7th Cir. 2007).

Howard has been listed for more than twenty five (25) years in Naifeh and Smith's "The Best Lawyers in America", Woodward/White. He has been chosen as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA American Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners Legal Publishing 2004 - 2017; as an Illinois Leading Lawyer from 2003 to present; as one of the top 100 Illinois Leading Lawyers Business Lawyers in 2006 - 2009 and one of the Top 10 Illinois Leading Lawyers Commercial Bankruptcy Lawyers in Illinois in 2014; one of the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers in 2006 - 2018, and one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers regardless of specialty for seven (7) consecutive years (2012 - 2018).

In October of 1999, Howard was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. He has served on the Advisory Committee from 1999 - 2005 through the implementation of BAPCPA. Mr. Adelman is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy as part of its Twelfth Class.