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Bankruptcy and Mechanics Liens in Illinois


The United States Bankruptcy Code includes a comprehensive scheme for the orderly administration and liquidation of insolvent businesses. The bankruptcy code also provides a format for the reorganization of businesses which face acute financial difficulties, but which still may be viable enterprises. In addition, the bankruptcy code contains the rules of how creditors will be paid, although state law may determine the rights of creditors and the validity of individual claims.



Timothy R. Rabel

Timothy R. Rabel

Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.

Timothy Rabel

  • Partner in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
  • Practice centers on construction law, including litigation and contract negotiation and drafting
  • Prosecutes and defends mechanics lien claims
  • Speaks frequently on mechanics liens
  • Regular contributor to the Construction Law Quarterly
  • J.D. degree, John Marshall Law School, B. A. degree, the University of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association; editor-in-chief, John Marshall Law Review
Bruce H. Schoumacher

Bruce H. Schoumacher

Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.

  • Partner in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
  • Practices emphasizes all aspects of construction law
  • Conducts regular seminars on construction for lawyers and non-lawyers
  • Authors of eights books and numerous articles on construction
  • M.B.A. and J.D. degrees, University of Chicago; B.S. degree, Northwestern University
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers; past chair, Construction Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association; past president, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; secretary, Chicago Building Congress
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Thomas J. Wrabel, CPA

Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc.

Thomas J. Wrabel, CPA, is a director in Barnes Wendling CPAs, Inc.’s accounting and assurance services department. He has over 20 years of experience advising businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Wrabel’s areas of expertise include auditing, external financial reporting, interim CFO services, asset-based loan due diligence, and mergers and acquisitions. His industry expertise includes manufacturing, distribution, construction, real estate, services, trucking, education, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Mr. Wrabel serves many of his clients with mergers and acquisitions and financing. His relationships with his client CFOs and controllers are excellent. Mr. Wrabel can clearly relate to them since he has frequently served as an outsourced CFO for extended periods of time and understands the challenges facing them.

Douglas C. Giese

Douglas C. Giese

Markoff Law LLC

  • Attorney in the Chicago office of Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
  • Practices emphasizes creditors’ rights and enforcement of debt
  • Experienced trial attorney
  • Prosecutes and defends mechanics lien claims
  • Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Creditors Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, Chicago-Kent College of Law; B.A. degree, Northern Illinois University
  • American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois Creditors Bar Association

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