Mr. Pilati concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial bankruptcy and reorganization, debtor and creditor law, and commercial mortgage foreclosure law, with a particular emphasis on the representation of secured creditors and lenders, including community and regional banks. Mr. Pilati has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial bankruptcy and reorganization cases, having represented debtors and debtors in possession, secured and unsecured creditors, and other parties in interest in a wide range of contested matters and adversary proceedings. He has also devoted substantial attention to debt restructurings, loan workouts, loss mitigation, and related transactional matters.
Mr. Pilati received his license to practice law in Illinois in 1979, and in that same year was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, and a long-standing member of the Chicago Bar Association and the CBA's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee.
For more than 20 years, Mr. Pilati has received an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which represents the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards and is based upon the confidential opinions of members of both the bar and the judiciary.
Since 2016 Mr. Pilati has frequently served as a volunteer attorney at the Bankruptcy Help Desk established by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in conjunction with the Chicago Bar Association and Legal Aid Chicago. As a volunteer attorney, Mr. Pilati provides free legal advice to parties without attorneys, primarily pro se consumer debtors who cannot afford to hire a private bankruptcy attorney.