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About Jack O'Connor

Jack O'Connor

Jack is a corporate and restructuring partner in the Chicago office of Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP. Jack’s practice covers a range of healthy and distressed business engagements. He is widely recognized for his excellent work as a restructuring attorney including recognition by various organizations for his strategic thinking and tactical expertise, including SuperLawyers Magazine, Leading Lawyers Magazine, and the Turnaround Management Association. Jack leads Sugar Felsenthal’s “Vice,” practice, working with business clients in the Beer, Spirits, and Cannabis industries.


Articles by Jack O'Connor

assumption of contracts and leases

Dealing with Corporate Distress 17: Focus on Assuming & Rejecting Executory Contracts & Unexpired Leases in Bankruptcy

Legal framework governing assumption, assignment, and rejection of executory contracts and unexpired leases in bankruptcy can be complicated.


overview of bankruptcy code

Dealing with Corporate Distress 16: Overview of Bankruptcy Code § 365

In this installment, get an overview of Section 365 and understand how executory contracts can keep distressed businesses afloat.


Digging into DIP Financing & Cash Collateral Motions in Bankruptcy

Dealing with Corporate Distress 15: Digging into DIP Financing & Cash Collateral Motions in Bankruptcy

Will lenders loan to a company in bankruptcy? In this installment, uncover the many intricacies of DIP financing & cash collateral motions in bankruptcy.


14 The Secured Creditor’s Perspective About its Debtors

Dealing with Corporate Distress 14: The Secured Creditor’s Perspective About its Debtors

Let’s take a look at bankruptcy from the secured creditor’s perspective (they play a large role in a distressed business situation). Read about what a secured creditor should know when a business files for bankruptcy.


Dealing with Corporate Distress 13 The Unsecured Creditor’s Perspective About its Debtors

Dealing with Corporate Distress 13: The Unsecured Creditor’s Perspective About its Debtors

Being an unsecured creditor is not an enviable position. How must unsecured creditors conduct themselves to mitigate the risks associated with distress?


Dealing with Corporate Distress 12 Meet Our Little Friend, The UCC

Dealing with Corporate Distress 12: Meet Our Little Friend, The UCC

In this installment we introduce you to the UCC generally, focusing on Article 9 to illustrate its importance in the context of business distress.


Dealing with Corporate Distress 10 All About “Claims” Outside Bankruptcy

Dealing with Corporate Distress 11: How to Protect Your Claim In & Out of Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured to unsecured, to bankruptcy and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress. This Installment covers how to protect you claim in a bankruptcy case.


dealing with corporate distress 10

Dealing with Corporate Distress 10: All About “Claims” Outside Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured, to unsecured, to bankruptcy, and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress. This Installment expands on the complexity of claims and claim priority in bankruptcy.


All About Claims in Bankruptcy

Dealing with Corporate Distress 09: All About “Claims” in Bankruptcy

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, when it comes to claims there’s a plethora of them. From secured, to unsecured, to bankruptcy, and trade. Read all the basics in this installment of Dealing with Corporate Distress.


stressed old man filing for bankruptcy subchapter V of chapter 11

Subchapter V of Chapter 11: A User’s Guide

Editors’ Note: This article is a preview of a chapter that will be included in the forthcoming 2022-2023 edition of STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES FOR AND AGAINST DISTRESSED BUSINESSES (“Alternatives”) and it is copyrighted by Thomson Reuters. It is published here by DailyDAC with the permission of Thomson Reuters. President Reagan famously joked that “I’m from the […]


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