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Northwestern University, B.S.J. (1978)
DePaul University, J.D. (1982)


Catherine Steege is a partner in the firm of Jenner & Block LLP in the Chicago office, where she is co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring group. Ms. Steege’s practice covers all aspects of financial restructuring and related litigation, with an emphasis on representation of retiree committees in commercial and municipal restructurings, appellate practice, and complex insolvency-related litigation. She was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1982 after graduating with highest honors from DePaul University College of Law where she was Managing Lead Article Editor of the DePaul Law Review. Ms. Steege argued Wellness International Inc. v. Sharif, 135 S. Ct. 1932 (2015) in the United States Supreme Court and has argued over 15 appeals on various bankruptcy-related issues in the courts of appeals.  She also represented the petitioner in Law v. Siegel, 134 S. Ct. 1188 (2014), and has authored amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court for the American Bar Association and National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees. She has argued over 20 appeals and tried over 30 cases in various courts.  She is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, a member of the Editorial Board of Collier’s, and a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and insolvency issues. She also has been on the chapter 7 panel of trustees since 1987 in the Northern District of Illinois.


American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
Chicago Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation


“Collective Bargaining Aftermath: Are Employees Entitled to a Claim Against the Debtor Upon Rejection of their Collective Bargaining Agreement,” The Bankruptcy Strategist Vol. 25 No. 5 March 2008
Ginsberg & Martin on Bankruptcy Aspen Law and Business Contributing Editor
“Attorneys Fees in Chapter 11 Cases, Business Bankruptcy Practice,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2006
“Sections 1113 and 1114: An Overview and Current Issues of Importance,” Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Vol. 2, No. 5 Dec 2006
“Sections 1113 and 1114: An Overview,” from panel discussion entitled “KERPS, Compensation and Bonus Issues Under the New Code, Including Pension Benefits and Union Contracts,” American Bankruptcy Institute Southwest Conference Sep 2006
“Trustee’s and Attorney’s Fees, Consumer Bankruptcy Practice,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2006