Resolving matters that arose where there was an underlying financial difficulty or insolvency was at the heart of Paula Jacobi’s practice. She represented clients in and out of state, federal and bankruptcy courts on matters that ranged from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars and was dedicated to guiding clients through even the most complicated disputes.
Paula offered four decades of experience in state and federal court litigation, bankruptcy court litigation, reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts. She was skilled in business dispute litigation, the defense and prosecution of fraudulent and preferential transfer cases, and litigation to recover on secured and unsecured debts.
Paula’s clients included equity funds, financial institutions, lenders, REITS, landlords, corporate creditors (secured and unsecured), corporate and partnership debtors, assignees for the benefit of creditors, trustees and receivers. She offered a breadth of experience in financing, contracting and leasing for corporate clients, as well as extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts.
Of particular note and in addition to her traditional litigation and bankruptcy law experience, Paula represented several companies, including those that purchased or owned distressed companies, frequently taking on an outside “general counsel” role. Moreover, her experience representing both debtors, creditors, purchasers and sellers in distressed situations, allowed her to understand the specific perspective of each to better represent them.
Regardless of the client or matter, Paula was appreciated for her tenacity and fearlessness when it comes to pursuing client rights. A competitor at the core, Paula thrived under the intellectual challenge of resolving complex and serious disputes and in striving to realize “her clients’ objectives.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005, 2008-2009, 2012-2020
The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023