Peter J. Roberts



(312) 474-1646

(312) 382-8910

Pete represents clients in all matters of commercial insolvency, including bankruptcies, workouts, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, UCC Article 9 sales, and related litigation. He develops workout strategies for debtors and creditors, formulates and executes plans of reorganization, navigates asset sales in distressed situations, and litigates cases in state and federal courts. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, including several appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pete typically works with debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, equity receivers, assignees for the benefit of creditors, prospective buyers of distressed assets, financial institutions, equipment lessors, landlords, and trade creditors. His clients come from a range of industries, including construction, health care, lending, manufacturing, real estate, retailing, wholesaling, collectibles, jewelry, furniture, trucking, and biotechnology.

Pete has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. He has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble and has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Pete earned his J.D. from Duke University School of Law and his A.B. cum laude from Boston College. 



More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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.

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

Events & Seminars

Past Events


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Boston College, A.B., cum laude, 1987

Awards & Honors

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating

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

Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy (2005-2020)

Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Illinois (2012-2022)

  • Massachusetts
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado
  • U.S. District Court -- Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois

American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Illinois Chair, Bankruptcy Committee of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association 

The Lawyers Club of Chicago

Turnaround Management Association