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Howard L. Adelman
Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd.
Suite 1050
53 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604-3701
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Phone: (312) 435-1050
Fax: (312) 435-1059
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Position Areas of Practice Bar Admissions
Education Honors Published Works

Mr. Adelman is a 1977 cum laude graduate of St. Louis University School of Law, and is licensed to practice in the States of Illinois and Missouri .  Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Adelman was law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Dowd, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, and later became the Executive Judicial Assistant to the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District.

In 1978, Mr. Adelman joined the firm of Schwartz, Cooper, Kolb & Gaynor, and was made a partner in 1981.  In 1983, Mr. Adelman formed the law firm of Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd. with Chad H. Gettleman.  Since entering private practice in 1978, Mr. Adelman has devoted his entire professional practice to areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, insolvency, and corporate reorganization.  Mr. Adelman has participated in major bankruptcy cases since 1978 as counsel to the Debtor as well as serving as counsel to Creditors' Committees, financial institutions and other parties, has confirmed numerous plans of reorganization, and has tried and argued cases in the Bankruptcy Court and the United States District Court.   Mr. Adelman has appeared in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions beginning with In re EDC Holding Company, 676 F.2d 945 (7th Cir. 1982).

Mr. Adelman has been listed for ten (10) years in Naifeh and Smith's The Best Lawyers in America , Woodward/White.  Mr. Adelman was also chosen as one of the World's Leading Lawyers by Chambers and Partners, Legal Publishers 2002-2003 and is a member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network and The Best Attorneys Network in the area of bankruptcy and reorganization. In October of 1999, Mr. Adelman was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.  Mr. Adelman is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, as part of its Twelfth Class.  Most recently, in 2005, Mr. Adelman was elected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and reorganization.

Current Employment Position(s):
Areas Of Practice:
Bar Admissions:
Missouri, 1978
Illinois, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta

Illinois State University, 1974

Published Works:
"Mortgage Liens in Bankruptcy", (Co-Author), Financing Real Estate Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
"Law of Guaranty" (Co-Author), Secured Transactions Handbook, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
"Burnside: A Clear and Present Threat to the Availability of Debtor Representation" (Co-Author), Bankruptcy Law Advisor, Norton, 1989
Honors and Awards:
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" Woodward/White, 1995-1996 and 1997-1998
Professional Associations and Memberships:
United States Advisory Committee, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
Member, Judicial Conference
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Member, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee
Illinois State Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Past Employment Positions:
Hon. George Moran, Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois, Student Law Clerk, 1975 - 1976
Hon. Robert G. Dowd, Chief Judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, Law Clerk, 1977
Missouri Court of Appeals, St. Louis District, Executive Judicial Assistant, 1978
Birth Information:
June 27, 1952, Chicago, Illinois

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