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Ronald Barliant

Ronald Barliant

Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Chicago, IL, USA

Since joining Goldberg Kohn in September 2002 as a principal in its Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Group, Ronald Barliant has represented debtors and creditors in complex bankruptcy cases. Mr. Barliant has also argued several appeals in U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 4th and 7th Circuits, and counseled major financial firms in connection with distressed investments, and both debtors and creditors in connection with workouts. In addition, he has mediated dozens of disputes in bankruptcy cases, and has been engaged as a consultant and as an expert witness by other law firms. In addition, he is an estate representative in the Global Crossing case and was a director of a Delaware debtor in the automotive industry.

Before joining Goldberg Kohn, Mr. Barliant served as a United States bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Illinois from 1988 to 2002. Mr. Barliant has taught debtor-creditor relations at John Marshall Law School and has frequently lectured and participated in panel discussions on bankruptcy-related topics His published writings include articles on Chapter 11 plans, executory contracts, preferences, asbestos bankruptcies, and the anti-trust litigation in the United Airlines case (in which he represented an indenture trustee/defendant).

He is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy and is the current ACB Regent for the Seventh Circuit. While on the bench, he was a member of the board of governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 1998 to 2000 and of the NCBJ's Endowment for Education from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Barliant has been recognized annually by the Leading Lawyers Network, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. He is currently a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (Business Reorganization Committee), American Bar Association (Business Law Section), and NCBJ (Former Judges Section) and is a past Chair of the Bankruptcy and Reorganizations Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.


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