Mark A. Berkoff - Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
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Mark A. Berkoff

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Mark A. Berkoff is chair of Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group. He regularly represents debtors and creditors’ committees in complex commercial Chapter 11 cases in diverse industries (such as media, steel, bank holding companies, automotive, office products, promotional products, retail, metal fabricating, single asset real estate cases, consumer lending, food service and medical). He has handled all aspects of the Chapter 11 proceeding from pre-bankruptcy planning through plan confirmation and post-confirmation matters.

Mark is experienced in business reorganizations/restructurings, out-of-court compositions, workouts and liquidations (including liquidations pursuant to Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code). He also represents secured creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings, buyers of assets in and outside of Bankruptcy Court; insurance companies in collecting unpaid pre-petition and post-petition workers’ compensation premiums as administrative and/or priority claims; and landlords, directors and officers and trustees. He also has prosecuted and defended involuntary petitions in bankruptcy, represented assignees, handled assignments for the benefit of creditors and prosecuted and defended thousands of preference cases. Mark has also successfully argued a case in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mark is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (as high as Band 2) as one of the country’s leading bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers. Clients call him “simply a great lawyer,” with an “impressive understanding of how to best get a deal done.” Clients have also said, “[h]e is a very bright individual. He’s tenacious, has good instincts and handles himself well. He’s terrific. He’s always done a fantastic job. He’s a very nice person and very respectful.” He has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer for the past 10 years, a recognition reserved for the top 5% of Illinois practitioners. He has been rated AV Preeminent (the highest rating given) by Martindale-Hubbell since 1997. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. Mark was also selected as one of the world’s leading insolvency and restructuring attorneys in the 2014 Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide.

Mark was named a Turnaround Management Association (TMA) 2013 Small Company Turnaround of the Year Award recipient. The award recognizes individuals who have “orchestrated the most successful turnaround” in a company with revenue of up to $50 million. Mark was also named a 2010 Mid-Size Transaction of the Year Award recipient. The award honors and recognizes professionals who led transactions that, according to the TMA, “rescued companies from the shadow of complete ruin.” 

Mark is a member of the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. He served as the co-chairman of the Turnaround Management Association’s Education Committee (2001-2003), served as the co-chairman of the Turnaround Management Association’s Special Events Committee (2005) and as co-chairman of the Turnaround Management Association’s Entertainment Committee (2009). He also served for many years as co-chairman of the Corporate Donations Committee for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois as well as general counsel to the Business Products Credit Association, Inc.

Mark graduated from the “DLA Piper Harvard Leadership Program” at Harvard Business School in 2007.

Additional Information

Court Admissions U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Experience In re Crane, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 25600 (7th Cir. December 23, 2013)
  • The Gifford State Bank v. Richardson (In re Crane), 487 B.R. 906 (C.D. Ill. 2013) 
  • River East Plaza, LLC v. LNV Corporation (In re River East Plaza, LLC), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 1048 (7th Cir. January 19, 2012)
  • Slavin v. Morris Publishing Group, LLC (In re Morris Publishing Group, LLC), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32025 (S.D. Ga. March 28, 2011)
  • University of Wisconsin–MadisonBA 1983University of ChicagoJ.D. 1986

    Client Comments

    "Mark Berkoff is one of the finest bankruptcy lawyers in the country."

    -James Brennan
    EVP/General Counsel
    BankFinancial, F.S.B .

    "I have found Mark Berkoff to be extremely knowledgeable, incredibly strategic, and ultimately very effective in dealing with the issues that arise in the bankruptcy arena. I would say Mark is the best I have ever seen at his craft. I would recommend him with the highest confidence to anyone looking for an excellent strategic attorney. Mark is one who will invest the time to think, plan, and chart a course to an excellent result!"

    -Randy Cecola
    Triumph Packaging Group

    "Mark Berkoff is one of the major go-to guys in the Midwestern market."

    -William A. Brandt, Jr.
    Development Specialists, Inc.

    "Mark Berkoff has been consistently very responsive and helpful in assisting us with bankruptcy claims. He understands our issues and tailors his work to fit our needs. He is practical and efficient."

    "Mark Berkoff is a solid performer with great judgment."

    "I have worked with both Mark Berkoff and Tom Wolford of this firm and found them both to be quite exceptional."

    Office Location

    Two North LaSalle Street, Suite 1700
    Chicago, IL 60602-3801
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law