Jeff Zeiger is a trial lawyer in Kirkland’s Chicago office. He has successfully prosecuted and defended multibillion-dollar fraudulent transfer cases and frequently represents distressed companies and litigation trusts on cutting-edge litigation issues. Jeff has extensive experience litigating antitrust, defamation, energy, fiduciary duty, foreign judgment enforcement, fraudulent transfer, liability management and restructuring cases across the country. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a National Practice Star and Local Litigation Star in the Bankruptcy, General Commercial Litigation and Antitrust/Competition practice areas (2020–2024), The Legal 500 U.S. for Antitrust: Civil Litigation/Class Actions: Defense (2018) and Law360 as a “Rising Star” (2014).


Thought Leadership


Guest Speaker, 2019 UK/U.S. Cross-Border Litigation Summit, The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, “Recent Trends in Insolvency Litigation,” (Summer 2019)

Guest Speaker, American College of Bankruptcy First Circuit Boston College Law School Bankruptcy Symposium, “Litigation in Bankruptcy: How to avoid it if you can and win it if you can’t,” (Spring 2019)

Guest Lecturer, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, “Corporate Restructuring,” (Fall 2018)

Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, “Litigating Financial Disputes,” (Spring 2015)

Guest Lecturer, New York University School of Law, “Negotiating Complex Transactions in Corporate Restructurings,” (Fall 2007)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2001Illinois


  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Illinois


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude2001

    Executive Articles Editor, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review

    Book Award, Legal Practice Program (Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy)

    Senior Judge, Legal Practice Program, 2000–2001

  • University of KentM.A., Medieval and Tudor History and Literature1998
    Ambassadorial Scholarship, Rotary International, 1996–1997
  • Washington and Lee UniversityB.A., Englishcum laude1996

    Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary