Liz Janczak is a Partner in the Bankruptcy Practice of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP. Ms. Janczak was a Partner at Freeborn & Peters, which combined with SGR in 2023.
Ms. Janczak has represented creditors’ committees, debtors, post-confirmation trustees, and creditors in a variety of chapter 11 proceedings including section 363 sale transactions, chapter 11 plan confirmation, executory contract litigation, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, and various chapter 5 avoidance actions. In addition to her restructuring experience, Ms. Janczak is experienced in chapter 7 liquidation proceedings, representing trustees and creditors in avoidance action litigation, involuntary petitions for bankruptcy relief, non-dischargeability actions, and appellate proceedings.
In addition to her bankruptcy practice, she has represented plaintiffs and defendants in litigation arising under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) in federal courts across the country and before the USDA. Ms. Janczak has also vetted PACA claims in chapter 11 cases as both special PACA counsel to the debtor and as creditors’ committee counsel.
Ms. Janczak was a Staff Law Clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce W. Black.
Ms. Janczak earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Loyola University. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, magna cum laude, where she was a Harno Scholar and the recipient of the CALI Excellence Award. She also served as the Notes Editor for the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy.
Turnaround Management Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Co-Author, “Client Alert Legal Issues in Times of Distress,” Freeborn & Peters LLP, (March 2020).
Co-Author, “Litigation Regarding Discharge and Dischargeability,” Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation, Thompson Reuters, 2d ed. (2013).
Co-Author, “DIP Financing Agreements: The Effect of Pre-Petition Indemnification Provisions,” The Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 30, Number 5, (March 2013).
Co-Author, “Practical Asset Protection Planning Concepts and Ideas,” Estate Planning Magazine, (November 2012).