CHICAGO, Illinois – February 10, 2014 – The Chicago law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP is proud to announce that Eugene J. Geekie, Jr. has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice as well as its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice as a partner in the Chicago office.
Mr. Geekie has more than 27 years of experience representing banks, asset based lenders, and a variety of creditor entities in complex commercial litigation. In addition to representing such clients in recovery of debt obligations and collateral, Gene has represented creditors in investigating and litigating with regard to fraudulently obtained loans and misappropriation of collateral, fraudulent transfers of assets, and successor and alter ego liability (piercing the corporate veil) claims against borrower affiliates. He has also litigated cases involving securities fraud claims, partnership disputes, litigation regarding sophisticated real estate transactions, and foreclosure on large commercial properties, including shopping malls, residential high-rises, and nationally-recognized golf courses.
Mr. Geekie is also considered a leading authority on issues related to bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and restructuring matters, with extensive experiencerepresenting secured and unsecured lenders in complex bankruptcies, including those in the financial markets, food, energy and automotive industries. He has represented numerous clients in the purchase of the operating assets (including intellectual property) of large bankrupt entities through Section 363 sales, with several transactions exceeding $100 million dollars; most recently leading the bankruptcy team for a client that acquired a major portion of the snack cake business of Hostess, successfully blocking other unqualified suitors from bidding for the division, thereby saving his client approximately $20 million in acquisition costs.
Prior to joining Arnstein & Lehr, Gene was most recently a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP, where he was a partner in the Litigation Group and served as Chair of the Bankruptcy Litigation Practice Group, and prior to Freeborn & Peters was a partner for more than 20 years at Schiff Hardin LLP. He has been recognized as both a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer, is AV Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbel, and is a faculty member of Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute; contributing editor to the seminal bankruptcy treatise, Norton
Bankruptcy Law and Practice; and a contributing author of textbook “Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation.”
Gene earned his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law, cum laude, and his B.S.B.A. from Saint Louis University, summa cum laude.
About Arnstein & Lehr
Arnstein & Lehr LLP with offices in Illinois, Florida and Wisconsin, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms. Since its founding in 1893, the firm has served clients of all sizes throughout the United States and abroad. It is a full-service firm with attorneys practicing in five main practice areas - Business, Litigation, Local Government, Tax and Estate Planning Services, and Real Estate. Arnstein & Lehr has a diverse client base including large corporations listed on the public stock exchanges, middle market companies, nonprofit organizations and emerging businesses. Clients include governmental bodies, health care entities, financial institutions, trade associations, and a broad range of businesses in the retail, industrial, manufacturing, distribution, technology, and services sectors. The firm also counsels individuals as to their personal needs, including estate planning, probate matters and the transfer of wealth and business interests from one generation to another. For additional information visit: www.arnstein.com.