Landon S. Raiford

Partner Chicago
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Landon’s practice is focused on efficiently maximizing value for clients in bankruptcy and distressed debt situations. He represents the full spectrum of parties, from debtors to lenders to trustees to committees, and works on all aspects of the bankruptcy process. Landon has worked with clients over a wide range of industries, including aerospace, banking and financial services, energy, and pharmaceuticals, and in a variety of situations, including financial distress caused by supply chain disruption, macroeconomic factors, poor product sales, regulatory headwinds, and alleged criminal behavior.

When clients need to overcome major obstacles and get to the heart of an issue, Landon cuts through the smoke and mirrors to focus on what really matters. He has the flexibility to craft solutions that fit each client’s needs, easily seeing where a case is going and acting accordingly.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2024)

  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, The United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois (2019)

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  • University of Michigan Law School (2008)

    cum laude

  • Birmingham-Southern College (2005)

    B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois

Notable Matters

  • Represented multi-billion-dollar financial institution following its collapse and bankruptcy filing.
  • Represented court-appointed examiner in cryptocurrency bankruptcy involving billions of dollars in assets and liabilities.
  • Represents trustee in liquidation of billion-dollar hedge fund. To date, hundreds of millions of dollars have been distributed to investors.
  • Represented the official committee of unsecured creditors with claims in the tens of billions of dollars in the largest municipal restructuring in US history.
  • Guided official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company.
  • Helps large commercial clients defend against all manner of distressed debt litigation both in and out of the formal bankruptcy process.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute


  • American Bar Association


  • Chicago Bar Association