Resolving matters that arise where there is an underlying financial difficulty or insolvency is at the heart of Paula Jacobi’s practice. She has represented clients in and out of state, federal and bankruptcy courts on matters that range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars and is dedicated to guiding clients through even the most complicated disputes.
Paula offers four decades of experience in state and federal court litigation, bankruptcy court litigation, reorganization cases and out-of-court workouts. She is 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 include 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 offers 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 represents several companies, including those that purchase or own distressed companies, frequently taking on an outside “general counsel” role. Moreover, her experience representing both debtors, creditors, purchasers and sellers in distressed situations, allows her to understand the specific perspective of each to better represent them.
Regardless of the client or matter, Paula is appreciated for her tenacity and fearlessness when it comes to pursuing client rights. A competitor at the core, Paula thrives 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, 2012-2019
The Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2020