Kevin Morse

Kevin Morse

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (312) 876-7122
Fax: (312) 876-6273

Primary Office

Chicago
161 North Clark Street
Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60601

Kevin Morse

Kevin Morse assists clients in navigating their legal options in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, from restructuring their organizations under Chapter 11 to winding down operations and liquidating in Chapter 7 cases. Drawing on more than a decade of experience practicing bankruptcy law, Kevin handles insolvency matters across the country — including those involving complex litigation and transactional issues — and for companies in a range of industries, as well as for financial institutions, not-for-profits and individuals. His representations have led to confirmed plans of reorganization, global settlements and dismissals, purchases of distressed assets, judgments of non-dischargeability, and recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of creditors. His work in Chapter 7 cases includes the representation of Chapter 7 trustees in the sale, liquidation, and recovery of assets on behalf of the estate, including through litigation, and the representation of businesses and corporate debtors.

Kevin has handled numerous bankruptcy matters for clients in the food and agriculture industry, and has represented debtors-in-possession, post-confirmation trustees, and unsecured creditors’ committees. The knowledge he has gained about these businesses, including farm operations, grocery stores and franchised family restaurants, also supports his work handling growth-stage investments, trademark litigation and the sale and purchase of businesses in this industry.

Experience

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Select representations include:

  • Debtors-in-possession in the Chapter 11 liquidation of one of the largest strawberry growers in the United States, headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy of the seventh largest grocery co-op in the United States, headquartered in Joliet, Illinois, and primary supplier to more than 550 member grocery stores.
  • Liquidating trustee in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a 14-store grocery chain in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Debtor-in-possession of a franchisee of a national family restaurant chain in defending against the termination of the franchise agreements and eventual sale of the franchises.
  • Debtor-in-possession of a not-for-profit youth hockey club, with more than 20 teams and 200 participants, in its restructuring in the face of more than $20 million in outstanding guaranty liability.
  • Defendant in litigation brought by Chapter 7 trustee against the former owners, officers, directors, and affiliates of a national restaurant group.
  • Chapter 7 trustee in the bankruptcy filing of the former owners and executives of a failed bank whose demise cost the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s insurance fund more than $825 million.
  • The board of trustees for a public university against the discharge of unpaid student loans.
  • Debtor-in-possession and subsequent plan administrator in the liquidation of an equipment leasing Ponzi-scheme that defrauded more than $250 million from its creditors.
Additional Matters for the Food and Agriculture Industry

Select representations include:

  • A food manufacturer in a trademark dispute with a competitor producing an infringing frozen food product.
  • A purchaser in its acquisition of two major Chicago restaurants.
  • A private equity fund in its investments of emerging agriculture businesses in Puerto Rico and the continental United States.
  • The licensing of a trademark to a James Beard Award winning restaurant group for the co-production of a food item for national food festivals.
  • The seller in a deal for the sale of franchises for a national chain restaurant.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list, 2018

Named to the "Emerging Lawyer" list by Law Bulletin's Leading Lawyers Division, 2015-2018

Memberships and Affiliations

Appointed to The American Lawyers Magazine Young Lawyers Editorial Board in January 2018

Member of the 2015 Next Generation Class for the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (October 2015)

Appointed to Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, which is composed of attorneys, court staff, and judges to promote communication and assist the court with a more efficient environment (July 2015)

Education

J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2007

B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003, cum laude

Bar Admissions

California
Illinois

Firm Management Positions

Evaluation Committee

Clerkships

Judicial law clerk for the Hon. Thomas B. Donovan in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles)

Kevin Morse assists clients in navigating their legal options in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings, from restructuring their organizations under Chapter 11 to winding down operations and liquidating in Chapter 7 cases. Drawing on more than a decade of experience practicing bankruptcy law, Kevin handles insolvency matters across the country — including those involving complex litigation and transactional issues — and for companies in a range of industries, as well as for financial institutions, not-for-profits and individuals. His representations have led to confirmed plans of reorganization, global settlements and dismissals, purchases of distressed assets, judgments of non-dischargeability, and recovery of millions of dollars on behalf of creditors. His work in Chapter 7 cases includes the representation of Chapter 7 trustees in the sale, liquidation, and recovery of assets on behalf of the estate, including through litigation, and the representation of businesses and corporate debtors.

Kevin has handled numerous bankruptcy matters for clients in the food and agriculture industry, and has represented debtors-in-possession, post-confirmation trustees, and unsecured creditors’ committees. The knowledge he has gained about these businesses, including farm operations, grocery stores and franchised family restaurants, also supports his work handling growth-stage investments, trademark litigation and the sale and purchase of businesses in this industry.