Barry A. Chatz


Mr. Chatz is a partner in the Chicago office of Arnstein & Lehr LLP and is chair of the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and Restructuring Practice Group. He represents lenders, unsecured creditors, corporate debtors and trustees in numerous matters around the country.

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. Chatz is an active member of the Illinois, California, and American Bar Associations, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He serves as a panel bankruptcy trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Due to his extensive experience, Mr. Chatz was included in Financier Worldwide's 2014 Corporate Advisor Handbook for Bankruptcy & Restructuring. From 1987-1990, he served with the Office of the United States Trustee for the Central District of California through the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program. Additionally, Mr. Chatz serves as an adjunct professor for John Marshall Law School.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Mr. Chatz has published articles for Thomson Reuters News and Insight in Bankruptcy Law. He has spoken at numerous panels hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America and the National Business Institute. Mr. Chatz has participated in a number of roundtables and reports by Financier Worldwide Magazine. Some of his most recent publications and speaking engagements include:

  • Panelist, Financier Worldwide Roundtable - Bankruptcy Litigation, July 2014
  • Panelist, Financier Worldwide Roundtable - Bankruptcy in the Americas, September 2013
  • Author, "Beware of your fruits and vegetables: The nondischargeability of PACA related debts in bankruptcy," Thompson Reuters News & Insight Bankruptcy Law
  • Co-author, "Bankruptcy Considerations in Foreclosure," a chapter for Illinois Institute Continuing Legal Education


DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1987)
University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1984)

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
State of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
State of California