John F. Hiltz III

312.624.8612 (Direct)

John Hiltz has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in bankruptcy and reorganization matters.  He has guided clients through out of court restructurings, settlements with individual creditors, as well as chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.  John has broad experience in the bankruptcy arena, having represented Debtors, Creditors, Trustees, and Creditor Committees in bankruptcy as well as related proceedings.

After graduation from law school, John Hiltz served as law clerk to the Honorable Bruce W. Black, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As law clerk, John had extensive exposure to complex bankruptcy issues and assisted in the preparation of opinions for a variety of Chapter 7 and 11 business bankruptcies.  He also assisted with hundreds of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 individual consumer bankruptcies.

After his clerkship, John Hiltz worked as an associate in the Bankruptcy Groups of two large Chicago law firms where he represented debtors and creditors in both bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.  John has been involved in numerous bankruptcy cases ranging from some of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcies, such as Lehman Bros. and Chrysler, to smaller individual Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies.  John has been named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers each year from 2012 to 2016 and a "Super Lawyer" in 2020.  John served as a member of the Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee in 2015-2016 and as co-chair of the Committee in 2016-2017.

When not practicing law, John Hiltz serves as a coach for a law school team in the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition; serves on the Advisory Board for the Westside Justice Center; enjoys off-roading in his Jeep; and spends time with his wife, dog, and 2 children – whose pictures and artwork decorate his office.



The John Marshall Law School, (J.D., cum laude, 2006)

  • Managing Editor, The John Marshall Law Review

Wake Forest University (B.A., 1997)



Abstention: Recent Developments, Coauthor

Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2008, 2009)


Uniform Laws or State Immunity? The Constitutionality of Section 106(a) After Seminole

39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 969 (Spring 2006)


Conservatism and Racism Revisited, Coauthor

Presented to the Southeastern Psychological Association (March 1995)



American Bankruptcy Institute

Chicago Bar Association

Co-Chair (2016-2017) Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee (2015-2017)




U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Hiltz Zanzig & Heiligman LLC

53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 701

Chicago, Illinois 60604

Direct: 312.624.8612

Main:  312.566.9008

Fax:  312.253.4874


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