1990-present Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, Northern District of Illinois

  • Administered more than 10,000 chapter 7 cases
  • Pioneered use of Truth in Lending claims in trustee cases
  • Administered more than 1,000 assets cases including many highly significant cases such as:
    • IFC Credit Corporation
    • McDonough and Associates
    • Arthur B. Adler and Associates, Ltd.
    • Goldblatt’s Bargain Stores, Inc.
    • Discount Merchandise, Inc.
    • Teknek, Inc.

1999 – Present Law Offices of David P. Leibowitz, LLC
Founder and Managing Member

  • Practice built from solo practice in Lake County, Illinois to interstate firm with offices in Illinois and Wisconsin. Now sole office in Chicago.
  • Representation of principal as Assignee for the Benefit of Creditors
  • Complex bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and foreclosure defense in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Foreclosure defense training in Wisconsin under federal grant.
  • Counsel to principal in his role as Chapter 7 Trustee and to clients in complex bankruptcy and insolvency matters including student loan resolution
  • Expert witness and mediation service

1991-1999 Freeborn & Peters
Partner – Head of Insolvency Practice

  • Led practice group of five attorneys and two paralegals.
  • Successfully prosecuted to judgment leading case of: Leibowitz v Parkway Bank & Trust Co (In re Image Worldwide, Ltd), 139 F3d 574 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Confirmed numerous chapter 11 cases and represented many secured creditors in real estate reorganization cases
  • Represented Creditors Committee in Straight Arrow Products, Inc., (Allentown PA) paying over 65% dividend to unsecured creditors

1976-1990 Schwartz Cooper Kolb & Gaynor Chtd. Chicago, Illinois
Associate, Partner from 1980-1990

  • On brief in In re UNR Industries, 736 F.2d 1136 (7th Cir. 1984) establishing the concept of “legal representative” in mass tort bankruptcy cases
  • Represented Hon. John Powers Crowley, trustee in significant embezzlement-defalcation case, In re Cooper & Cooper
  • Won appeal in leading case of Kramer v. Exchange National Bank of Chicago, 118 Ill. 2d 277, 515 N.E. 2d 57, 113 Ill. Dec. 248 (1987)
  • Recovered hidden assets utilizing fraudulent transfer and RICO theories in Leibowitz v. Saleh (In re Discount Merchandise), (1994 Bankr. LEXIS 29 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1994) an international bust-out case
  • 1990-present American Bankruptcy Institute Washington, DC
  • Member, past chair – Unsecured Creditors Committee Subcommittee Contributor to Creditors’ Committee Handbook)
  • Past co-chair – Commercial Fraud Committee – Editor in Chief and Principal Author of ABI Fraud Manual
  • Past co-chair – Consumer Bankruptcy Committee
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • Co-chair- Task Force on Individual Chapter 11 cases
  • Author of numerous articles in American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
  • Speaker at numerous American Bankruptcy Institute conferences

1998-2000 International Law Institute Washington, DC
Senior Faculty Advisor

  • Developed and led insolvency training for judges and bankruptcy trustees in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
  • Developed and published Mongolian Bankruptcy Trustee’s Handbook
  • Organized Mongolian Bankruptcy Trustees Association
  • Served as delegate to Asian Development Bank Insolvency Conference in Manila, Philippines (January, 1999)

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

  • Past editor and frequent contributor to NABTalk, quarterly journal of National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.
  • Frequent speaker at NABT Conferences
  • Past member of the Board of Directors

Chicago Bar Association Chicago, Illinois
Member and past chair of Arbitration Law Committee

  • Developed initial plan and rules for court-annexed arbitration in Cook County, Illinois

1974-1976 Illinois Appellate CourtChicago, Illinois
Judicial Clerk to Hon. John C. Hayes

Member – American Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Wisconsin Bar
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Admitted: Illinois and Wisconsin, Third, Seventh and Tenth Circuits
Courts of Appeals. District Courts in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and


  • Loyola University of Chicago, JD cum laude, 1974 (Alpha Sigma Nu honor society)
  • Northwestern University, BA 1970 (Economics)


  • Lake County Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Waukegan, Illinois
  • CARE volunteer


  • Recipient of 2006 Excellence in Pro Bono Service Award from United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Recipient of 2007 Pro Bono Award – Volunteer Legal Program – Lake County Bar Association
  • Recipient of 2010 Liberty Bell Award from Circuit Court for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County Illinois for “extraordinary service to the justice system”
  • Board Certified in both business and consumer bankruptcy – American Board of Certification
  • Accredited as mediator by the Chicago Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • Former Member and past president of North Shore School District 112 Board of Education, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Former Member and past president of Highland Park Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Frequent contributor to Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publications and seminars on bankruptcy related topics
  • Former Member of Board of Directors and past Secretary – South Central Community Services, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
  • Recognized by:Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Law Dragon 500 (Bankruptcy), Leading Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell (Av Preeminent)