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Hon. Deborah Lee Thorne

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
219 South Dearborn Street
Room 668
Chicago, IL 60604
USA

Tel: 312-706-1805
Email: deborah_thorne@ilnb.uscourts.gov

Class: XXIV (2013)Circuit: Seventh

Education

Macalester College, B.A. (1975)
Duke University, M.A.T. (1976)
IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D. (with honors) (1983)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (2015-)
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (2002-15)
Partner, Fagel Haber (n/k/a Thompson Colburn) (1997-02)
Partner/Associate, Much Shelist (1988-97)
Associate, Antinow & Fink (1987-88)
Assistant Counsel, City of Chicago (1984-87)

Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute, Board of Directors (2007-)
Unsecured Trade Creditors Comm./ABI, Co-Chair (2003-08)
7th Circuit Bar Association, Chair Bankruptcy Committee (2002-09)
Chicago Bar Association, Chair Bankruptcy & Reorganization Committee (1995-96)
Turnaround Management Assoc., Chair Women's Group Committee (2003-04)
IWIRC (2002-)

Publications

"To Sell or Not to Sell: Evaluating the Risk of Claim Selling," Business Credit, NACM May 2013 Author
"Reexamining the Ordinary Course of Defense: A Multifactor Approach," ABI Journal, ABI Dec 2013 Author
"Are All Trusts Equal under Section 523(a)(4)?" ABI Journal, ABI Dec/Jan 2012 Co-author
Interrupted! Understanding Bankruptcy's Effects on Manufacturing Supply Chains ABI 2012 Co-author
Preference Defense Handbook: The Circuits Divided ABI 2010 Author
"The TOUSA Moral: Know Where Your Money Comes From," Business Credit, NACM Jul 2012 Author
"Recovery of LBO Fraudulent Transfers: Can Section 546(e) be Circumvented?" ABI Journal, ABI Mar 2012 Author

Awards

Best Lawyers in America (2012-14)
Leading Lawyers in Illinois (2007-)
Illinois SuperLawyer (2005-)