Ross M. Kwasteniet is a partner in the Restructuring Group. His practice is centered around the representation of distressed companies in all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings. Ross also has considerable experience representing both buyers and sellers of distressed assets. Ross has been recognized in the 2018–2024 editions of Chambers USA. Sources note Ross “provides great client service,” is “truly amazing,” “smart, engaged and commercial,” and is “a great advocate for his clients.” Sources additionally mention that Ross is “on high-profile cases and is very impressive,” “extremely practical, smart and efficient, and great at arriving at solutions” and “is a strong counselor, has excellent legal and business judgment, and is a good communicator.” Ross was recognized in 2024 edition of The Legal 500 for Restructuring: Corporate. Ross was also recognized in the 2021 edition of IFLR1000. In 2019, Ross was recognized as a Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer. Ross was selected by Law360 as one of seven Bankruptcy “Rising Stars for 2016” in its list of top attorneys under 40. In 2015, Ross was named an “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnarounds & Workouts, one of 12 individuals selected under the age of 40 for accomplishments in corporate restructuring.


Thought Leadership


Case Study of the Chapter 11 Restructuring of Patriot Coal, The 12th Annual Wharton Restructuring and Distressed Investing Conference, February 26, 2016, New York, New York

"Negotiating with Difficult Creditors: Getting to Yes in the Face of No," Turnaround Management Association Women’s Group Quarterly Luncheon, November 5, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

"Whose Case is This Anyway? Should A Chapter 11 Case be Run Solely for the Benefit of the Secured Creditors?" 88th Annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, October 10, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

"The § 363 Sale Process from a Transactional Perspective," American Bankruptcy Institute's 32nd Annual Spring Meeting, April 25, 2014, Washington, D.C.

"Flying High -- Lessons from the Hawker Beechcraft Restructuring," Turnaround Management Association, April 24, 2013, New York, New York

"Challenges Faced When a Manufacturer Goes Bankrupt," Global Corporate Aircraft Transactions Forum, June 13, 2013, New York, New York


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2002Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois2002
  • Supreme Court of Illinois2002


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2001
  • Calvin UniversityB.A., World History1999