Phillip W. Nelson

Senior Counsel
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Phil Nelson is a Chicago attorney who focuses his practice on bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency. Mr. Nelson counsels clients in a wide variety of distressed debt, restructuring and insolvency matters. He has represented clients in liquidations, corporate reorganization cases and out-of-court restructurings.

Mr. Nelson has a significant background in all aspects of Chapter 11 reorganizations and debtor-in-possession representation, including the plan of reorganization development and negotiation process, motion practice and contested hearings and claims objections and administration.

In addition, Mr. Nelson has experience representing bankruptcy trustees. His transactional experience includes drafting and negotiating purchase agreements and financing agreements, litigation trust agreements and various stipulations and settlements. He represents banks in foreclosure proceedings and advises landlords with respect to commercial lease agreements. Mr. Nelson also represents plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving fraudulent transfer and preferential transfer claims.

Mr. Nelson frequently advises businesses in connection with the Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings of their tenants, customers and vendors.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Nelson was a bankruptcy attorney for a global law firm in its Chicago office.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, 2014-2018


  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2018
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA), 2018
  • Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, Executive Editor, 2003-2004