Solutions for SpecialSituations


Lew2Lewis S. Rosenbloom

Founder and Principal
P: 847-630-6943
F: 312-268-7277

Often referred to as the “Henry Kissinger of the corporate bankruptcy bar” for his unparalleled diplomatic and negotiating skills and the “Mr. Wolf” of Corporate America for his ability to “clean up” the messiest of SpecialSituations™, Lew is recognized as one of the nation’s leading business, investment, and restructuring advisors and the consummate project manager for managing and fixing complex commercial SpecialSituations™. Lew has chaired worldwide business governance, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring practices at some of the world’s largest law firms and has managed the representation of virtually every possible stakeholder and participant in major corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, and complex commercial litigation, including mass tort and multi-district class, matters. Through his experiences and successes, Lew has engendered and fostered productive, synergistic relationships with top professional firms, and investors around the world.

Lew now leverages his extensive Rolodex and multi-disciplinary background in bankruptcy, litigation, finance, and corporate governance to provide tailored, multi-disciplinary consulting and management advice to clients involved in difficult commercial circumstances. His experience spans many industries, including transportation, insurance, energy, telecommunications, technology, and financial, and investment services. Lew has also made his mark mediating many thorny business disputes, including numerous professional “divorces.” Lew’s reputation, collaborative abilities, and broad vision make him the ideal project manager for your disputes and SpecialSituations™.

Prior to forming Rosenbloom Advisors, Lew, then a CPA, maintained a tax and accounting practice with a predecessor to Ernst & Young, held multiple securities licenses as an investment and securities advisor and dealer, clerked for the Bankruptcy Court, served as general counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of a number of private and public investment vehicles and operating companies, serves many charitable and philanthropic organizations, including as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago and on the Chicago Leadership Council of the America India Foundation, and chaired international practices at Nachman, Munitz, & Sweig, Winston & Strawn, McDermott, Will & Emery, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, and McRae, and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Lew is also a frequent author and lecturer and has been recognized as the consummate professional in numerous publications.

openWork Experience

ROSENBLOOM ADVISORS, LLC, Solutions for SpecialSituations
SpecialSituations Law, LLC
2009 – present

• Founder and Principal

DEWEY & LeBOEUF (f/k/a LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene, & McRae)
2006 – 2009

• Chairman, Global Bankruptcy/Business Restructuring Department
• Senior Partner, Business Solutions and Governance Practice

A leading global bankruptcy, restructuring, and business governance practice advising and representing virtually every possible stakeholder and participant in major bankruptcies, corporate restructurings, finance, merger and acquisition transactions, and complex commercial litigation.

1993 – 2006

• Chairman, Distressed Transactions, Bankruptcy/Litigation, and Business Reorganization Department
• Practice Group Leader, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Governance, and Board Advisory Practices

A global practice representing a wide spectrum of business and investment interests around the world, from global corporations and industry-leading companies to privately funded and entrepreneurial-driven enterprises, as well as the financial institutions that support them.

1987 – 1993

• Chairman, Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization Department
• Co-chair, Business Governance and Internal Affairs Steering Committee

An international restructuring and insolvency group assisting the financial services and lending communities in virtually every type of relevant legal matter, including workouts, restructurings, Chapter 11, business governance/internal affairs, and lender liability cases throughout the world.

1984 – 1987

• Principal; Managing Partner

1977 – 1982

• Associate

A highly-regarded international bankruptcy boutique serving the debtor and investment communities in some of the largest Chapter 11 cases and restructurings of its day.

1982 – 1984

• Member of Board of Directors; General Counsel and EVP, Business Development; Series 7 and NASD Securities Principal Licenses

An acquisition vehicle and holding company acquired out of Chapter 11, building and managing hundreds of millions of dollars of manufacturing, technology, and real estate development companies, providing creditors with a recovery of well over 100% of their claims.

THE HON. ROBERT L. EISEN, CHIEF JUDGE, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
1976 – 1977

• Law Clerk

1973 – 1974

• Senior Accountant and Audit Manager; Member of Certified Audit and Tax Departments

openProfessional Organizations

Lew has served as chairman of several ABA Business Law committees, including panels on New and Pending Legislation and Transportation Reorganizations, and Chicago Bar Association committees, including the Committee on Bankruptcy Retention & Fees. Lew served on the Board of Advisors to the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Advisors of Business Laws, Inc. and the Board of Advisors to Illinois Law and Leading Attorneys. He was managing editor of the Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law for Lenders and held multiple leadership and committee posts for the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Council on Children and Youth Welfare. Lew is also a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, having served two terms as a member of its Board of Directors.


Lew has been published by the American Appraisal Associates; American Bar Association; DePaul University Tax Review; Executive Enterprises Publications; Florida Bar Association; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; Infocast Publications; Journal of American Insurance; Stetson University College of Law; Strategic Research Institute; Strategies for the New Law; and United Communications Group, among many others.


As a lecturer, Lew has led and participated in educational seminars and programs for American Appraisal Associates; American Bar Association; Arthur Andersen; Anderson Consulting; Association of Insolvency Accountants; Bank Lending Institute; Banking Law Institute; Bankruptcy Litigation Institute; Business Laws, Inc.; Chicago Bar Association; CLE International; Commercial Law League of America; Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network; Coopers & Lybrand; Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; Executive Enterprises; Financial Poise; First National Bank of Chicago; Fund for Public Education; Heller Financial, Inc.; Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; Infocast Incorporated; Institute for International Research; International Council of Shopping Centers; Loyola University Graduate School of Business; National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; New York Institute of Credit; Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; Practicing Law Institute; Price Waterhouse; Prudential Insurance Company of America; Stetson University College of Law; Strategic Research Institute; and the U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference.


Lew has been listed and recognized in many professional publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers; Illinois Law & Leading Attorneys; Illinois Super Lawyers; International Who’s Who; International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers; Leading American Attorneys; Leading Illinois Business Attorneys; Leading U.S. Insolvency Lawyers; National Registry Who’s Who; The Best Lawyers in America; Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers; Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in the Midwest; Who’s Who in the World; and the World’s Leading Insolvency Lawyers.

openBar Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and Federal Trial Bar


DePAUL COLLEGE OF LAW, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, 1974 – 1976

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Kellogg School of Business, Chicago, Illinois
Accounting & Finance and Computer Science, 1974

LAKE FOREST COLLEGE, Lake Forest, Illinois
B.A.; College Scholar, 1970-1973