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Jason DeJonker thrives on finding spot-on solutions for his clients. As an experienced deal maker and litigator, he is something of a law firm rarity – adept in the courtroom, in the boardroom, and at the closing table. Jason uses his vast know-how to assist clients with creditor’s rights and bankruptcy matters. Private equity investors, financial institutions, special servicers, Fortune 500 corporations, trustees and receivers bank on Jason’s creative approach to problem solving in both litigation and transactional matters.

Jason’s experience includes lender and borrower-side loan workouts, representations of debtors and secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases (including DIP and exit finance) and the plan confirmation process, commercial foreclosures, and complex collection and judgment collection matters. Out of the courtroom, he routinely counsels clients on structuring distressed transactions (including traditional M&A and commercial real estate transactions involving all asset types), provides advice to corporate management and boards of directors on fiduciary duty issues, and helps private equity and traditional lender clients in structuring commercial real estate and C&I loans.

At BCLP, Jason serves on the firms' Global Leadership Board and is actively involved in the management of the firm.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of Jason’s commitment to community service and legal excellence.  He previously served as the chair of BCLP’s lawyers of color affinity group, and is currently an active member of the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board.  He previously held leadership positions with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the Asian American Bar Association of Chicago (AABA), the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms.  Jason, who was a Chick Evans Scholar (golf caddy scholarship) as a youth, is also a director of the Western Golf Association (WGA) and he previously-served as the chair of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Link Unlimited, an organization that connects high potential African American high school students in the Chicagoland area with mentors, resources, and foundational skills required for success as they advance into, through, and beyond college. 

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) - Best Lawyers Under 40 (2013)
    • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2018-present
    • Illinois Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2010-2015)
    • Best Lawyers in America©, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Insurance, 2015-present
    • Chambers USA Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Up & Coming 2019-present
    • Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation - Board of Directors (2013 to 2016)
    • Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council - Member (2013 to 2018)
    • Western Golf Association, Director (2019 to Present); Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council (2018 to Present)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to 2017)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to 2018); Chair (2016 to 2017)
    • Link Unlimited, Member of the Board of Directors (2019 to Present)
    • Chambers USA Bankruptcy/Restructuring – Up & Coming 2019-present
    • Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation - Board of Directors (2013 to 2016)
    • Evans Scholars Foundation Leadership Council - Member (2013 to 2018)
    • Western Golf Association, Director (2019 to Present); Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council (2018 to Present)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to 2017)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to 2018); Chair (2016 to 2017)
    • Link Unlimited, Member of the Board of Directors (2019 to Present)
    • The Chicago Committee - Board of Directors (2011 to Present), Treasurer (2015 to 2017)
    • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Alumni - Executive Council Member (2014 to 2018); Chair (2016 to 2017)
    • Link Unlimited, Member of the Board of Directors (2019 to Present)
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Professional Affiliations

    • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Illinois – (2013 to Present); Board Member (2013-2015)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Corporate Transactions Committee, Co-Chair (2015 to Present)
    • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Corporate Transactions Committee, Co-Chair (2015 to Present)
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Representative Experience

  • In re ASPC Corp. f/k/a AcuSport Corporation: Lead bankruptcy counsel for firearm distributor in Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio).
  • FTI v. Merit Management Group, LP: Representation of Merit Management Group in U.S. Supreme Court appeal involving the proper interpretation and scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e) and the subsequent district court litigation.
  • Edgefield Holdings, LLC v. Mason: Representation of real estate investment management company with respect to its pursuit of over $100 million in fraudulent transfers against judgment debtor and various defendants and related entities.
  • First City Bank of Florida v. McKelvy: Representation of financial institution with respect to its pursuit of $30 million in fraudulent transfers against judgment debtor and various defendants and related entities, including institution of RICO action in federal district court.
  • Representation of servicers and special servicers in mortgage loan workouts, foreclosure matters, and bankruptcy cases throughout the United States, including in matters in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, and California.

Publications

  •  "Foreclosure and Receiver Issues in the United States during COVID-19," BCLP Insights, June 2020
  • Co-Author, "Managing Counter-Party Risk in the Pandemic - Part III: Supplier considerations: Assessing and leveraging your leverage," BCLP Retail Law Blog, June 2020
  • Co-Author, "Managing Counter-Party Risk in the Pandemic - Part II: Customer Considerations: Risk Mitigation = Smarter Sales," BCLP Retail Law Blog, June 2020
  • Co-Author, "Managing Counter-Party Risk in the Pandemic - Part I: Getting on the Same Page" BCLP Retail Law Blog, May 2020
  • Co-Author, "Redefining ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ in the Wake of COVID-19," CFO.com, April 2020
  • "What Every Business Lawyer Should Know About the Bankruptcy Process," ABA Business Law Journal, July 2017 
  • Co-Author, “Ninth Circuit "Stern" Decision Creates a Circuit Split on Issues of Article III Waiver and the Statutory Gap,” ABI Bankruptcy Litigation Committee, February 2013
  • “Case Study: In Re Heritage Highgate,” Law360, June 11, 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, "To Default or Not Default? Notices, Lender Remedies, and Their Consequences Resulting from Covid-19," BCLP teleconference, March 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Strategies for an Effective Mediation and Path to Resolution," BCLP Atlanta Annual In-House Counsel Seminar, March 2020
  • "Workouts, Modifications, Defaults Panel," 8th Annual GF Hospitality Forum, February 2020
  • "Distressed and Near-Distressed Commercial Real Estate Loans," BCLP Roundtable, October 2019 
  • “Strategies and Technology for Creating an Innovative Law Firms and In-House Legal Departments,” Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel conference, March 2018
  • "WARN and Chapter 11," Chicago Bar Association - Commercial Bankruptcy Law Program, November 2017
  • "Chapter Five versus the Securities Markets - the Scope of Section 546(e)," 36th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, November 2017
  • "Getting Your Foot in the Door for Big Law," NAPABA Conference/ National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA), November 2017
  • "Looking through the Clouds to Catch the Rain: Discussing Powerful Tools and Different Approaches to Relationship Building," NAPABA Central Region Conference, August 2017
  • "What Every Business Lawyer Should Know about Bankruptcy Process," 2017 American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Spring Meeting, April 2017
  • "You Can Run but You Can't Hide: Asset Tracing and Asset Recovery Around the World,” 2017 Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Corporate Counsel Conference, March 2017
  • "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling at Bricker," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Central Region Conference, September 2016