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Steve Jakubowski

Partner, Robbins, Salomon & Patt Ltd.

Steve Jakubowski is a partner at Robbins, Salomon & Patt Ltd.  He has handled complex corporate bankruptcies and reorganizations for 25 years.

He has served as bankruptcy counsel in a number of high profile matters, including that of Carter Hawley Hale Stores Inc., where he acted as counsel to the debtor. Jakubowski also was principally involved in representing the bankruptcy estate of the subprime auto lender Reliance Acceptance Group in its post-confirmation litigation over the failed split-off from Cole Taylor Bank in 1997. In addition, he has successfully handled matters on behalf of BioSafe Medical Technologies and Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen, and represented the Creditors’ Committees in the bankruptcies of Jay’s Snacks and Glazed Investments, a large Krispy Kreme franchisee.

Earlier in his career, Jakubowski served as an officer of two reorganizing companies. The Delaware bankruptcy court appointed him chief operating officer of a public restaurant company in 1995, and as chairman and chief executive officer of New England's top regional snack manufacturer in 1996. In both engagements, Jakubowski successfully led the operating entity out of chapter 11 bankruptcy. He also has significant experience as a principal in the landfill gas-to-energy and renewable energy fields.

Jakubowski is the founder and author of nearly all content on the Bankruptcy Litigation Blog, the internet’s first bankruptcy blog, which has received over 650,000 page visits since its inception in 2005. He also speaks annually on Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy at the Practicing Law Institute’s Advanced IP Licensing seminar in Chicago.

Steve’s work in the General Motors bankruptcy case led to appearances on the CBS Evening News and Fox News Network. He has also been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and several regional media outlets and bankruptcy publications.

Steve Jakubowski was recruited during the last great recession when bankruptcy was hot but few firms had bankruptcy strength. Almost twenty-five years later, Mr. Jakubowski still enjoys the multi-disciplinary aspects the breadth of his work offers, not being pigeonholed as a pure transactional lawyer or litigator as he helps to resolve any of a variety of bankruptcy disputes. Mr. Jakubowski also very much enjoys working with LexisNexis® and especially appreciates the "invaluable litigation management tools" available through LexisNexis "such as TimeMap®, CaseMap® and Concordance®."

Inspired by his parents, who were Holocaust survivors, Mr. Jakubowski shares his parents' philosophy, encouraging people not to dwell on the setbacks and disappointments of the past, but to look with hope and promise to a better future. Away from work, Mr. Jakubowski, a father of 4 (including twin boys who are just turning 2 years old) finds daily time to practice Orthodox Judaism, starting each day at 6 A.M. with a one-hour "Daf Yomi" class that reviews and discusses two pages of the Talmud. As for Mr. Jakubowski's future, he aspires someday to complete the first comprehensive English index to the Talmud, all 5,400 pages of it, which he will entitle "Jakubowski's Index to the Gemara." He already has 17,500 entries drafted, covering about 15% of the entire text.

By Steve Jakubowski:

Chrysler Files Bankruptcy-Part I: Assessing the Financial Carnage

Chrysler Files Bankruptcy-Part II: Testing the Limits of Section 363 Sales

Chrysler Bankruptcy Analysis - Part III: Will The "Absolute Priority Rule" Kill The Sale?

Required Bankruptcy Reading from Klee and Hayes for Justice-To-Be Sonia Sotomayor (and YOU Too!)

Putting the Brakes on the GM Bankruptcy Appeal

Objecting to the GM 363 Sale's Treatment of Product Liability Claims: Stepping into the Fray

Bankruptcy Litigation Blog

Podcast: The GM Bankruptcy and Bankruptcy Code Section 363 Sales


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