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As a partner in the Bryan Cave’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor’s Rights Group and Financial Services Client Service Group, Jason 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. Jason has over fifteen 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.

As an experienced deal maker and litigator, Jason regularly represents clients in real estate, finance, and M&A (distressed and non-distressed) transactions, and in litigated matters in federal and state courts. He routinely advises clients in high-stakes judgment recovery litigation, on structuring distressed and non-distressed transactions, and on fiduciary duty issues (particularly in the so-called zone of insolvency).

Mr. DeJonker has been published numerous times in a variety of periodicals, and has presented on bankruptcy, litigation, and corporate issues across the country.  He was identified as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers from 2010 through 2015.  He also was named one of The Best Lawyers in America© from 2015 through 2017. 

Mr. DeJonker has a strong commitment to public service and currently 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 Jason as one of its Best Lawyers Under 40. Recently, Jason was selected as the Chair-Elect for 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.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) - Best Lawyers Under 40 (2013)
    • Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2010-2014)
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2015-2016
    • Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation - Board of Directors (2013 to Present)
    • Chicago Academy for the Arts - Board of Trustee (2008 to 2013)
    • Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council - Member (2013 to Present)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to Present)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to Present); Chair (2016 to 2017); Chair-Elect (2015 to 2016)
    • Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation - Board of Directors (2013 to Present)
    • Chicago Academy for the Arts - Board of Trustee (2008 to 2013)
    • Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council - Member (2013 to Present)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to Present)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to Present); Chair (2016 to 2017); Chair-Elect (2015 to 2016)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to Present)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to Present); Chair (2016 to 2017); Chair-Elect (2015 to 2016)
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Professional Affiliations

    • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Illinois – (2013 to Present); Board Member (2013-2015)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Corporate Transactions Committee, Co-Chair (2015 to Present)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Corporate Transactions Committee, Co-Chair (2015 to Present)
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Representative Experience

  • FTI v. Merit Management Group, LP: Representation of Merit Management Group in U.S. Supreme Court appeal involving the proper interpretation and scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e).
  • Edgefield Holdings, LLC v. Mason: Representation of real estate investment management company with respect to its pursuit of over $100 million in fraudulent transfers against judgment debtor and various defendants and related entities.
  • Representation of real estate and distressed debt private equity fund in fraudulent transfer and RICO litigation in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Representation of a multinational price comparison service in a corporate wind-down and liquidation of assets in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Representation of a leading global technology provider for the hospitality industry in multijurisdictional and multinational creditor negotiation, loan workout, and corporate restructuring.
  • Representation of services and special servicers in mortgage loan workouts, foreclosure matters, and bankruptcy cases throughout the United States.
  • In re River-West Plaza-Chicago, LLC: Representation of large commercial bank in $26.0 million single asset real estate bankruptcy matter, prevailing on objections to confirmation and motion to dismiss bankruptcy case following a two-day trial.
  • In re Canopy Financial, Inc.: Representation of Chapter 7 Trustee in sale of operating assets and pursuit of recoveries in conjunction with massive, pre-bankruptcy fraud case.
  • In re AmShip and Tampa Shipyard. Representation of a large, national insurance company in a contested Chapter 11, asbestos bankruptcy case; negotiated a multimillion dollar settlement agreement that resolved several insurance and claim defenses in favor of the insurer and resulted in a $1.0 million reduction in the total amount of settlement funds required to be paid to certain asbestos claimants. Continue to oversee the claims resolution process and arbitrate certain bankruptcy and coverage issues.
  • In re Carraway Methodist Health Systems, Inc. Represented financial guaranty insurer, the largest creditor in a major hospital case in Birmingham, AL; led negotiations over a sale process, payment of claims, use of cash collateral and debtor-in-possession financing, and the structure (and ultimate confirmation) of a liquidating plan.
  • In re Skinner Engine. Representation of a large, national insurance company in contested Chapter 11, asbestos bankruptcy case; successfully briefed confirmation objections and motion to dismiss bankruptcy case currently on appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • In re Congoleum. Representation of a large, national insurance company in a contested Chapter 11, asbestos bankruptcy case; successfully obtained an end to exclusivity, allowing the insurer to file and seek confirmation of a stand-alone plan of reorganization.
  • In re Delphi Corporation and In re Dana Corporation. Representation of several Tier I and Tier II auto suppliers in the Delphi and Dana Chapter 11 cases.
  • In re Delta Airlines. Representation of financial guaranty insurer; successfully negotiated comprehensive settlement with respect to multimillion dollar bond issuance at Logan Airport in Boston, MA.
  • In re Kaiser Aluminum. Representation of a large, national insurance company in contested Chapter 11, asbestos bankruptcy case; negotiated an insurance neutrality stipulation with debtor and asbestos representatives that has become the benchmark in asbestos bankruptcy confirmation proceedings; led large joint defense group of insurers throughout plan confirmation and objection process.
  • In re HK Porter. Representation of a large, national insurance company in post-confirmation proceedings; successfully briefed and argued a summary judgment motion in an adversary proceeding before the Erie, PA bankruptcy court to enforce a settlement agreement with the debtor.
  • In re United Airlines, Inc. Representation of indenture trustee for defaulted municipal bonds and corporate debentures; litigation regarding treatment and priority of claims; advised client as member of Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors.

Publications

  • "What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About the Bankruptcy Process," ABA Business Law Journal, July 2017 
  • Co-Author, “Ninth Circuit "Stern" Decision Creates a Circuit Split on Issues of Article III Waiver and the Statutory Gap,” ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, February 2013
  • “Case Study: In Re Heritage Highgate,” Law360, June 11, 2012
  • Co-author, “Identifying Corporate and Personal Liability: Issues for D&Os in the Zone of Insolvency,” Business Law & Governance, June 2011
  • Co-author, “Overview of the Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Process and Specific Issues With Public Hospital Filings,” American Health Lawyers Association - Executive Summary ­Business Law and Governance Practice Group, February 2011
  • “Strategy and Legal Issues in Chapter 11 Cases, Single Asset Real Estate Matters, Bankruptcy Litigation,” Inside the Minds, 2012 ed., December 2011
  • Co-author, “Lenders' Right to Credit Bid Tested Before 7th Circuit” The National Law Journal, November 29, 2010
  • “Structured & Real Estate Finance Case Update,” Real Estate Finance Journal, Fall 2010
  • “Medicare Appeals and Interpretation: Meeting the Reasonable Expectations of Medicare Users Through a Comparison to Private Health Insurance,” 8 Elder L.J. 103, 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • “Strategies and Technology for Creating an Innovative Law Firms and In-House Legal Departments,” Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel conference, March 2018
  • "WARN and Chapter 11," Chicago Bar Association - Commercial Bankruptcy Law Program, November 2017
  • "Chapter Five versus the Securities Markets - the Scope of Section 546(e)," 36th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, November 2017
  • "Getting Your Foot in the Door for Big Law," NAPABA Conference/ National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA), November 2017
  • "Looking through the Clouds to Catch the Rain: Discussing Powerful Tools and Different Approaches to Relationship Building," NAPABA Central Region Conference, August 2017
  • "What Every Business Lawyer Should Know about Bankruptcy Process," 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Spring Meeting, April 2017
  • "You Can Run but You Can't Hide: Asset Tracing and Asset Recovery Around the World,” 2017 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2017
  • "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling at Bricker," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Central Region Conference, September 2016
  • “Changing Times, Changing Tactics,” Trigild Lender Conference, April 2016
  • “Control It! Effective Ways to Manage Your Case,” Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2016
  • “A New World: Bankruptcy Law for the Non-bankruptcy Lawyer,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Conference, October 2015
  • “Examples of Successful Resolutions - Complex Creditor’s Rights,” Trigild Lender Conference, April 2015
  • “Acquisitions of Distressed Businesses,” ACG Chicago Sunrise Session, April 2015
  • “Where’s the Money? Recovering Hidden Assets: International Judgment Enforcement and Enforcement of International Judgments in the United States,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) 2014 Annual Convention, November 2014
  • “Debtor-Creditor Feud: The Good, The Bad, And The Reality Of Receiverships,” National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) 2012 Annual Convention, November 2012
  • “From Mines to Minefields: Asbestos News from the Front,” American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Annual CLE Meeting, March 2007