Robert M. Fishman



(312) 382-3154

(312) 382-8910

Bob represents trustees, debtors, equity committees, secured and unsecured creditors, receivers and asset buyers and litigants in various insolvency proceedings, including informal out-of-court workouts. His clients range from health care, telecommunications, manufacturing service providers, to those in the real estate, retail, transportation, and financial services sectors. Bob served as the fee examiner in the City of Detroit, Michigan Chapter 9 case, and has acted as a fee examiner in other bankruptcy cases. As a bankruptcy mediator, he regularly handles a range of traditional two-party matters, including preference, fraudulent conveyance, and automatic stay disputes, as well as broader plan mediations involving all of the significant parties in interest in the case. 

Bob was selected as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 1998, and served as the Seventh Circuit’s representative on the College Board of Regents and as a member of the College’s Board of Directors. He was president, chairman, and vice president of education of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and in 2018, he received the ABI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been recognized by Chambers USA for Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Illinois, and Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Illinois.

Bob earned his J.D. from George Washington University School of Law in 1979.  He earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1976.  


Eleven Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers

January 29, 2021

Super Lawyers has named eleven attorneys at Cozen O’Connor to its 2021 lists of top practitioners in Illinois.

Leading Lawyers Network Recognizes 26 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers as Top Illinois Practitioners

January 26, 2021

The Leading Lawyers Network has named 24 Cozen O’Connor lawyers to its annual list of Illinois’ top practitioners and named two others as Emerging Lawyers in its 2021 survey results.

Robert Fishman Named Among National Association of Legal Fee Analysis Top Attorney Fee Experts of 2020

November 02, 2020

Chicago – November 2, 2020 – Robert Fishman, a member of Cozen O'Connor’s Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice, has been named a Top Attorney Fee Expert by The National Association of Legal Fee Analysis.

With Global Bankruptcy Filings Increasing, Cozen O’Connor Adds Eight Veteran Attorneys to its Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring Practice

September 01, 2020

Hires Expand Offerings in Chicago and Add Depth to the firm’s Corporate Bankruptcy Practice


Yeah, About That Consignment Agreement … How You Can Lose Your Goods in a Retail Bankruptcy [Alert]

December 08, 2020

Allen Guon and Robert Fishman discuss the Uniform Commercial Code and the steps necessary to perfect your consignment under it.

3 Tips For Working With Bankruptcy Fee Examiners

October 01, 2020

Bob Fishman authored an article in Law360 addressing the questions that arise when a fee examiner is appointed to a bankruptcy case and questions to consider in making the appointment.

Events & Seminars

Past Events


  • George Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1976

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois (2019-2020)

Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Illinois (2019-2020)

“Nation’s Top Bankruptcy Fee Examiner” by the National Association of Legal Fee Analysis (2016-2019)

Lifetime Achievement Award, American Bankruptcy Institute (2017)

Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy (2005-2020)

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating

"Illinois Leading Lawyer" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2018)

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Secured Creditors and U.S. Trustee subcommittees, Litigation Section, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee

American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow

Chicago Bar Association 

Illinois State Bar Association, Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Law Section Council

National Association of Credit Managers-Oregon, Inc., Bankruptcy and Insolvency Group

National Association of Legal Fees Analysis

George Washington University Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors