Jeffrey Gettleman’s practice has predominantly focused on representation of Chapter 11 debtors, including UAL Corporation, J.L. French Automotive Castings, Inc., Calpine Corporation, Portola Packaging, Inc., SIRVA, Inc., Flying J Inc., and Corus Bankshares, Inc. Jeffrey has extensive experience in cross-border matters in connection with his representations of the Liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia in their Chapter 15 case, Calpine Corporation in matters related to the CCAA proceedings filed by its Canadian subsidiaries, and Samsung and Elpida Memory in connection with their disputes with the German insolvency administrator of Qimonda AG. He has also assisted Pulsar Re, Ltd., a Bermuda reinsurer, in pursuing its claims against Lehman Brothers Inc. in LBI's SIPA proceeding. Jeffrey’s bankruptcy experience has also included acting as special counsel to a Chapter 7 trustee and the defense of a bankruptcy fraud prosecution. Jeffrey has assisted in managing post-acquisition operational transitions of three businesses, and has held a senior management position in a Chapter 11 debtor company.

Jeffrey was mentioned for his role in UAL Corp.’s bankruptcy filing in “Deals & Suits: United Airlines Bankruptcy,” in the April 2005 issue of Corporate Counsel, “Big Suits: United Airlines et al.,” in the March 2005 issue of The American Lawyer, “Big Suits: UAL Bankruptcy,” in the February 2003 issue of The American Lawyer, and in the “Chicago Observer” column in Crain’s Chicago Business on April 7, 2003. Jeffrey was also mentioned for his role as lead debtor counsel to SIRVA, Inc., in The Deal’s February 26, 2008 article entitled “SIRVA delays DIP hearing,” as debtor counsel to Flying J Inc., in The Deal’s July 7, 2010 article entitled “Judge confirms Flying J’s Plan,” and as debtor counsel to Corus Bankshares, Inc. in The Deal’s June 16, 2010 article entitled “Holding company for Corus Bank succumbs to Ch. 11.” Jeffrey was mentioned as Committee counsel in the bankruptcy case of bank holding company First Place Financial Corporation in Law360’s December 17, 2012 article “Talmer Gets Go-Ahead for $60M First Place Bank Buy,” and as Committee counsel in the bankruptcy case of bank holding company Mercantile Bancshares, Inc. in Law360’s September 10, 2013 article “Mercantile Bancorp Investors Pan Planned $22M Ch. 11 Sale.”


Thought Leadership


Jeffrey authored the article Restructuring Aircraft Fleets Under Section 1110 of the Bankruptcy Code: Selected Issues, which appeared in the Winter 2005 edition of The Air & Space Lawyer.

Jeffrey co-authored the article “The Sum and Substance of Substantive Consolidation,” which appeared in the 2005 edition of the Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law.

Jeffrey co-authored the 2005 updates to five sections of Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 2d relating to Section 1110 of the Bankruptcy Code, “Aircraft Equipment and Vessels.”

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bankruptcy Institute


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1974, Illinois
  • Maine (inactive)


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.1974
  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A., Political Science1968