Steve Jakubowski graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. He is founder and author of the Bankruptcy Litigation Blog, the first blog devoted exclusively to bankruptcy law, and has worked in complex chapter 11 bankruptcies and reorganizations for 25 years. He received his bankruptcy training at Kirkland & Ellis (1986-89) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1989-1992) and established his own private practice in 1992, representing investors and acquirors in chapter 11 reorganizations in a host of diverse industries. Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Jakubowski served as officer of two reorganizing companies, with the Delaware bankruptcy court appointing Mr. Jakubowski to be the chief operating officer of a public restaurant company in 1995 and the chairman and chief executive officer of New England's top regional snack manufacturer in 1996. In both engagements, the operating entity emerged from chapter 11. In 1998, Mr. Jakubowski joined The Coleman Law Firm, where he now currently works. Upon his arrival, he became deeply involved in the firm's representation of the bankruptcy estate of Reliance Acceptance Group, Inc., a failed sub-prime auto lender from which the Chicago-based Cole Taylor Bank split-off in early 1997. The firm negotiated approximately $150 million in aggregate settlements on behalf of the bankruptcy estate's constituents. Since the resolution of that case in 2001, Mr. Jakubowski has represented diverse parties and interests on a variety of bankruptcy litigation or reorganization matters. Mr. Jakubowski has spoken at several CLE conferences, including at the LES Winter Meeting in San Francisco in 2007.