Chicago Partner Jason DeJonker recently joined a panel presentation at NAPABA’s Central Regional Conference, held Aug. 24-25 in St. Louis.

The event drew participants from throughout the region for a general counsel roundtable and CLE panels. DeJonker took part in the panel discussion “Looking through the Clouds to Catch the Rain: Discussing the Powerful Tools and Different Approaches to Relationship Building and Rainmaking.” The panel addressed different approaches for networking, marketing, relationship building and time management, with tips, techniques and advice on building – and sustaining – a book of business. The panel examined the issues from various perspectives, including that of a former rainmaker who has crossed into an in-house, general counsel role.

As a partner in Bryan Cave’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor’s Rights Group and Financial Services Client Service Group, DeJonker represents private equity and hedge fund investors, financial institutions, Fortune 500 corporations, and bankruptcy trustees throughout the United States in bankruptcy and creditor’s rights matters. DeJonker has more than 15 years of experience in the lender and borrower-side loan workouts and in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, with specific emphasis on troubled borrower restructuring and forbearance, commercial foreclosure and creditor’s rights, DIP and exit finance, and the Chapter 11 plan confirmation process.

DeJonker has a strong commitment to public service and holds leadership positions with several minority and diversity organizations, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). In 2013, NAPABA named him one of its Best Lawyers Under 40. DeJonker is the immediate past chair of the Executive Council for the Fellows Alumni Association for LCLD, a national leadership program sponsored by Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms to increase diversity at their leadership levels.