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2016 Forty Attorneys Under 40 Presentation

Devon  Eggert
Devon Eggert
Freeborn & Peters LLP
▶Corporate law
40 Under Class – 2016

Devon Eggert’s peers describe this young attorney as a high-performer who is relentless when advocating for his clients.

This drive, coupled with Eggert’s legal talent, has made him one of the most sought-after bankruptcy attorneys in the Chicago area.

“Devon has a unique ability to break down complex insolvency procedures and nuances on a business level and provide sound advice to both lawyers and non-lawyers,” said Manuj Lal, corporate counsel with Chicago’s PatientPoint, LLC. “His negotiation skills are exceptional in their ability to find common ground amongst all interested parties in a very ethical and straightforward manner.”

During his career, Eggert has worked on complex bankruptcy cases involving large commercial manufacturing operations, mostly recently Cardiac Science Corporation and Triad Group, Inc. He has also represented key parties in food and convenience industry cases, such as Gas-Mart USA and Dahl’s Foods, and he has represented parties in complex bankruptcy litigation throughout the country.

What sets Eggert apart? His peers say that Eggert knows financial and bankruptcy law inside and out. They say he is a tireless worker for his clients and a fierce advocate for them in the courtroom. He has also followed the highest ethical guidelines throughout his career, his fellow attorneys say.

“In addition to being an extraordinary attorney, Devon is always prepared and efficient,” said Raymond Niro with Chicago’s Niro Law. “He is one of the best young lawyers I have met.”

Eggert earned a notable victory during the Triad case, a case in which a Chapter-11 debtor was determined to either revive its struggling medical-supply business or sell that business to the debtor’s insiders, a group whose ability to provide the highest bid was suspect.

Eggert, who was serving as counsel for the creditors’ committee, helped convince the court that the sales process should not be conducted by the Chapter 11 debtor, but rather by an independent sales agent who was nominated by the committee and appointed by the court. The debtor finally agreed to this appointment.

“Without having an independent party to evaluate bids and run the sales process, the sale likely would have been concluded for a lower price than was achieved when my client subsequently won the deal and purchased the debtor’s plant by submitting the highest bid at the auction conducted by the sale agent,” said Forrest Lammiman with the Milwaukee law firm of Hale Lammiman Group.

Lammiman said that Eggert impressed, too, when negotiating, litigating and ultimately resolving the many personal-injury claims brought against the Triad estate relating to injuries suffered by end-users of defective products allegedly distributed by the debtor before its Chapter 11 case.

Lammiman, though, is far from the only attorney whom Eggert has impressed during his relatively young legal career.

“Devon has an understanding of the complexities involved in dealing with rapid-paced bankruptcy matters that often involve multiple parties and interests,” said Steven Chaiken with Chicago’s Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd. “Devon has demonstrated the ability to balance an aggressive pursuit of his clients’ rights with a practical, goal-oriented outcome.”

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