Brian Shaw



(312) 474-1644

(312) 382-8910

Recent Publication:

Bankruptcy Courts' Equitable Discretion May Be In Danger [Law360]

Brian Shaw and Mark Radtke co-authored an article in Law360 exploring the concerns about the bankruptcy court’s ability to make impartial decisions.

Brian focuses his practice on financial restructuring, bankruptcy, and other in- and out-of-court distressed solutions, along with attendant litigation, representing debtors, creditors, and other parties-in-interest in proceedings throughout the country. Over the past three decades, he has guided Chapter 11 debtors, Chapter 7 and 11 trustees, creditors’ and noteholders’ committees, assignees, landlords, liquidating trustees, labor organizations, preference and fraudulent conveyance defendants, receivers, and secured and unsecured creditors through all aspects of bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring.

A fellow at the American College of Bankruptcy, he has also served as president, chairman, and vice president of membership at the American Bankruptcy Institute and previously chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Section. Brian has earned accolades from Chambers USA, Martindale Hubbell (AV Rating), Super Lawyers (Top 100 in Illinois-2020), Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon (Top 500 Bankruptcy Lawyers), and Marquis Who’s Who in America.

Brian earned his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.



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.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

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.

PPP loans kept many small businesses afloat this summer. Without more funds, experts say a wave of bankruptcies is coming.

September 10, 2020

Brian Shaw was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article discussing an anticipated wave of bankruptcies among small businesses when Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans run out, absent additional funding.

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


Bankruptcy Courts' Equitable Discretion May Be In Danger [Law360]

September 20, 2021

Brian Shaw and Mark Radtke co-authored an article in Law360 exploring the concerns about the bankruptcy court’s ability to make impartial decisions.

Expedited Bankruptcies Are Cause For Concern [Law 360]

June 09, 2021

Brian Shaw and David Doyle discuss the U.S. Trustee’s Offices’ position on Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in which the debtor seeks to either confirm a plan or sell substantially all its assets in a matter of weeks or less after the petition date in Law360.

How Consumer Bankruptcy Rulings Can Aid Ch. 11 Practice

March 09, 2021

Brian Shaw discusses the importance of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton in Law360.

Fixing Ch. 11 For Small Biz: What SBRA Means By 'Engaged'

February 05, 2021

Brian Shaw and Christina Sanfelippo discuss the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) that went into effect on February 19, 2021 and is designed to improve the Chapter 11 reorganization process for small business debtors in Law360.

The Domesticity Barrier to Recognition of a Foreign Proceeding Under Chapter 15

August 31, 2018

Brian Shaw and Christina Sanfelippo go in-depth about Judge Sean Lane's reiterated statement regarding the low domestic presence threshold (Domesticity) that a foreign representative must meet when it is petitioning for recognition of a foreign proceeding under Chapter 15 in

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Bankruptcy from a Governmental Perspective

November 03, 2021 - Webinar


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
  • Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1989

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA for Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Illinois (2019-2021)

Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating

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

Best Lawyers for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Illinois (2019-2022)

Super Lawyers for Bankruptcy (2006-2020)

Marquis Who’s Who in America

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • 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 -- Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy

Past president, past chairman, past vice president of membership, American Bankruptcy Institute 

Chicago Bar Association

Past member, University of Illinois College of Law Recent Alumni Advisory Board