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Robert D. Leavitt

Robert D. Leavitt, J.D., LL.M., is Of Counsel to Dykema where he focuses his practice on general commercial, corporate and financial transactions, banking, commercial lending, and real estate.  Mr. Leavitt has been practicing law for over twenty-five years, much of it in senior law department roles in major companies, including as General Counsel.

Mr. Leavitt has lectured on a range of corporate and banking topics and has conducted training programs relating to the sale of goods and various loan and bank services.  He is past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Pass-through Entities Subcommittee, Commercial Finance and Transactions Committee and Corporate Law Departments Committee.

He received his law degree from DePaul University in 1979 and an advanced international law degree from Cambridge University in 1980.  Mr. Leavitt graduated from Colgate University (B.A.) in 1976.  He is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois.

Articles by Robert D. Leavitt

What do Secured Lenders Want? The Basics of Loan Forbearance Agreements

When a borrower defaults on its loan agreements, a lender may, among other options, sue to foreclose on its collateral and collect from the borrower. The lender, however, may instead agree to amend the loan documents or enter into a loan forbearance agreement. If the borrower can convince the lender that, within a reasonably short […]

Borrower Bankruptcy

What Secured Lenders Should Know If Their Borrower Files for Bankruptcy

When a Borrower Files for Bankruptcy, How Can Secured Lenders Protect Their Position? As a secured lender, you should know well in advance the necessary details if a borrower files bankruptcy. Let us presume therefore that, from consultations with your borrower, it is clear that the borrower is in distress: The borrower is likely unable […]