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Jason J. DeJonker

Jason J. DeJonker

Bryan Cave LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

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© in 2015 and 2016.

In 2013, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) named Mr. DeJonker one of its Best Lawyers Under 40. The Best Lawyers Under 40 Award recognizes Asian Pacific American attorneys who have achieved prominence in their fields of endeavor while demonstrating a strong commitment to the APA community. He also currently serves as the co-chair of the NAPABA Corporate Transactions Committee.

In 2013, Mr. DeJonker was designated as a Fellow to the Leadership Council on Lawyer Diversity (LCLD), a national leadership program sponsored by Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms to increase diversity at their leadership levels. In 2014, he was the secretary of the LCLD Executive Council for the Fellows Alumni Program, in 2015, he was selected as the Chair-Elect for the LCLD Executive Council, and in June 2016 Jason became the Chair for the LCLD Executive Council.

Mr. DeJonker is the treasurer of and a member of the Board of Directors of The Chicago Committee (the preeminent voice and agent fostering racial and ethnic diversity in the Chicago legal community).  He also is a member of the Board of Directors for Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation and a member of the Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council.  He was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Academy for the Arts and the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Illinois.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mr. DeJonker was a Chick Evans Scholar and member of the Campus Scholar Program. While in law school at the University of Illinois College of Law, he was the managing editor of the Elder Law Journal, received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Publication, and graduated cum laude.


  • 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

  • “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

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