Justin Bernbrock is a restructuring attorney in the Firm’s Chicago office. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, and financial distress. He represents clients in a range of matters, including debtor and creditor representations.

Before joining Kirkland, Justin served with distinction as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator in Patrol Squadron FIVE and as a Weapons Tactics Instructor in Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN. During his nearly 10 years of active duty in the United States Navy, Justin was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (twice), including once for meritorious service during combat operations in Iraq. He also received the Global War on Terrorism Medal for his service in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 


Thought Leadership


Contributing Editor, Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice


Chairman, Advisory Council of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, 2015–2017

American College of Bankruptcy Distinguished Law Student for the 7th Circuit, 2012

Adjunct Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, University of Illinois College of Law, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2012Illinois


  • University of Illinois College of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2012

    Managing Editor, The Elder Law Journal

    19th Annual Duberstein National Moot Court Competition (Third Place Overall)

    Rickert Award for Excellence in Advocacy

  • Southern Illinois UniversityB.S., Workforce Education and Developmentsumma cum laude2008