Michael J. O'Rourke
Managing Partner
Michael C. Moody
Andrew N. Levine
Michael J. O'Rourke
Managing Partner
Chicago, Illinois
Michael J. O'Rourke is a founding partner and the current managing partner of the firm, with over 30 years’ experience in business litigation and corporate reorganization. His trial experience extends across all areas of commercial law, including the Uniform Commercial Code, banking, contracts, partnership, and creditors’ rights. Mr. O’Rourke has handled complex multi-district litigation on the federal level and has also acted as lead counsel in numerous class actions throughout the country. Mr. O’Rourke has represented major institutions, such as banks, corporations and partnerships in a wide variety of matters, including bankruptcy and real estate reorganization.
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Experienced litigator with
over 40 jury and non-jury trials
tried in courts throughout the
United States.

Successfully defended out-of-state
corporate defendant in 6 week jury
trial over breach of contract and
fraud case.

Obtained summary judgment in
multi-million dollar shareholder
stock contract dispute.

Obtained trial verdict for corporate
plaintiff in action for corporate
fraud against defendant
corporation’s officers and directors


University of Virginia School
of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia,
1977 J.D.

Harvard University,
Cambridge, Massachusetts,
1973 B.A., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Cum Laude

University of Oxford,
Oxford, England,
1972 B.A.
Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1997

U.S. Court of Appeals
7th Circuit, 1982

U.S. District Court Northern
District of Illinois, 1977

Memberships & Distinctions

Illinois Super Lawyers,
2006 – 2011

American Bar Association
Michael C. Moody
Chicago, Illinois
Michael C. Moody is an equity partner of the firm with over 20 years’ experience in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and business reorganizations, and provides counsel to companies with respect to general corporate matters, complex transactions, and in litigation. Mr. Moody began his career as a bankruptcy and reorganization practitioner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. He has represented numerous small and midsized companies in debt restructuring or default situations, in particular midsize construction companies. Mr. Moody has extensive experience in business reorganization matters having participated in many large reorganizations and workouts. Mr. Moody also has considerable experience representing secured creditors, most notably ORIX Credit Alliance and AT&T Financial Services in all aspects of commercial equipment leasing litigation.
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Experienced litigator of both
jury and non-jury trials in State
and Federal Courts.

Experienced in contract
negotiation and execution in all
aspects of business, corporate
and partnership formation on
behalf of many business clients
and individuals.

Extensive knowledge and
experience in all aspects of debt
collection and asset recovery on
behalf of secured and unsecured
creditors in both State and Federal
Courts around the country.


John Marshall Law School,
Chicago, Illinois, 1990 J.D.

Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Order of John Marshall
Law Journal: Software Law
Journal, 1989 – 1990

Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois, 1989 B.S.

Honors: Dean's List
Honors: With Honors
Major: Political Science
Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1990

U.S. Court of Appeals
7th Circuit, 1993

U.S. District Court Northern
District of Illinois, 1990

Published Works

The Intellectual Property
Bankruptcy Protection Act:

Legislative Relief for
Software Licensees From
Licensor Bankruptcy, 3
Software L.J. 91, 1989

Representative Cases

Orix Credit Alliance v. Taylor
Machine Works, 125 F.3d 468
(7th Circuit 1997)
Andrew N. Levine
Chicago, Illinois
Andrew N. Levine is a partner with the firm and is an experienced litigator and general practitioner. He has been with the firm since 1997 and has conducted numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal court in a variety of administrative forums. Before joining the firm Mr. Levine served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He is a member of the federal trial bar. In addition to litigation, Mr. Levine counsels clients and handles a variety of business transactional and real estate matters, representing business owners, landlords and tenants. He is also currently serving as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney handling post-conviction petitions involving claims of coerced confessions resulting from allegations of physical abuse and torture. He has also previously served as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Illinois Department of Transportation in an employment discrimination matter through trial and on appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Some of Mr. Levine’s
recent matters include:

Illinois Appellate Court

People v. Gillespie Represented
the People of the State of Illinois
in the circuit court in connection
with a post-conviction petition filed
by an incarcerated individual
alleging his confession was the
product of physical abuse and
torture. The matter was dismissed
after argument by the circuit court
and appealed. Presented oral
argument on appeal of post
conviction matter. After oral
argument, dismissal was affirmed
on appeal.

Circuit Court of Cook County

DiamondRock v. Alt Hotel LLC,
et al Represent mezzanine lender
in connection with a 79 million
dollar foreclosure of a landmark
hotel located in downtown
Chicago. Matter involves
numerous complex transactional
documents, jurisdictional issues
and the Illinois Mortgage
Foreclosure Law.

United States District Court for
the Northern District of Illinois

Fred D. Gee v. State Farm,
11-C-0250 Represent plaintiffs
in connection with a putative
class action regarding the
handling of claims and
determination of benefits under
certain polices of insurance

Federal Court Appointment

Moore v Astrue Appointed by the
Federal District Court Northern
District of Illinois to represent an
indigent individual in the
administrative review of an
adverse Social Security Disability
Benefits determination.

Joint JD/MBA Program

DePaul University College
of Law, J.D., 1992

DePaul University College of
Commerce, Masters of Business
Administration, 1992

University of Illinois,
BS Finance, 1989

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1992

U.S. District Court Northern
District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Central
District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals
7th Circuit