Deborah L. Thorne is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP (www.btlaw.com), where she serves as the Chicago administrator for the firm's Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring Department. She also is a member of board of directors for the American Bankruptcy Institute (abiworld.org) and serves on the editorial board of the ABI Journal.
Thorne concentrates her practice in the areas of creditors' rights, bankruptcy, financial restructurings, secured lending, and commercial transactions. This focus encompasses:
* all phases of restructuring of corporate clients, commercial litigation and representation of creditors seeking recovery for breach and liquidation of contract and other claims;
* negotiation of restructuring plans, financing and other disputes;
* representation of creditors' committees;
* representation of secured creditors in Uniform Commercial Code foreclosures, replevins of personal property, workouts of non-performing loans, representation of trade vendors in preference defense and reclamation claims, and representation of various parties in assignments for benefit of creditors.
Her clients have included financial institutions, corporations and partnerships in a variety of industries, including healthcare, truck manufacturing, food retail, advertising and automotive supply.
Thorne is a frequent lecturer and has written numerous articles for legal and business publications. She also has co-written the Auto Supplier Insolvencies & Bankruptcies manual and Preference Defense Handbook, both published by ABI.
She is bankruptcy chair of the 7th Circuit Bar Association and formerly served as chair of the Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee, and as a member of the board of governors of The Chicago Council of Lawyers. She's also a past co-chair of the Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee.
She received her bachelor of arts degree in history from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1975, her master of arts in teaching degree from Duke University in 1976, and her juris doctor degree with honors in 1983 from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Chicago Kent College of Law.
She is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and Western District of Michigan.