John Hiltz has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in bankruptcy and reorganization matters. He has guided clients through out of court restructurings, settlements with individual creditors, as well as chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. John has also represented both debtors and creditors in adversary proceedings.

After graduation from law school, John Hiltz served as law clerk to the Honorable Bruce W. Black, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As law clerk, John had extensive exposure to complex bankruptcy issues and assisted in the preparation of opinions for a variety of Chapter 7 and 11 business bankruptcies. He also assisted with hundreds of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 individual consumer bankruptcies.

After his clerkship, John Hiltz worked as an associate in the Bankruptcy Groups of two large Chicago law firms where he represented debtors and creditors in both bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy cases. John has been involved in some of the largest bankruptcies, such as Lehman Bros. and Chrysler, as well as smaller individual bankruptcies. John has been named a Superlawyer for 2020-2021 & a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers for 2012-2016.


John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
J.D. – 2006
Honors: cum laude
Law Review: The John Marshall Law Review, Managing Editor

Wake Forest University
B.A. – 1997


  • Uniform Laws or State Immunity? The Constitutionality of Section 106(a) After Seminole, 39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 969, Spring, 2006
  • Co-Author, Abstention: Recent Developments, Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, 2008, 2009
  • Co-Author, Presenter, Conservatism and Racism Revisited, Southeastern Psychological Association, March, 1995


  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2016
  • Super Lawyer, 2020-2021


  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, Coach
  • Westside Justice Center, Advisory Board


  • Loeb & Loeb LLP, Associate
  • Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Associate
  • Honorable Susan P. Sonderby, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois, Extern
  • Honorable Bruce W. Black, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Illinois, Law Clerk


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, Member, 2015 to 2017
  • Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, Co-Chair, 2016 to 2016

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