Thomas S. Kiriakos: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Thomas S. Kiriakos

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 7275

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Practice Areas

  • Agribusiness
  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Health Care
  • Life Sciences
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 7275
Fax: +1 312 706 8232
University Grinnell College, B.A., 1978
Law SchoolThe University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1981
Admitted1981, Iowa (Certificate of Exemption); 1983, Illinois; 1984, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; 1988, US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; 1996, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; 1996, US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; 1998, US Supreme Court

•Member, Board of Directors of the Cameron Kravitt Foundation, 1992 to date
•American Bar Association
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•Illinois State Bar Association


An exceptional lawyer who does top work

Chambers USA 2008 Tom Kiriakos is a financial restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer. He represents commercial banks, corporate banks, non-regulated financial institutions, and insurance companies in bankruptcy cases involving debtors engaged in businesses such as real estate, construction, retail, manufacturing (including auto parts), hotels, restaurants, equipment leasing, meat packing, life settlement, personal services (consulting), distribution, transportation, for-profit education, oil field and agricultural chemicals, and oil and gas drilling, production and refining. He also represents corporate banks, commercial banks and other clients in appeals of bankruptcy-related lower court decisions. He represents corporations and other business entities in acquiring assets in bankruptcy sales, including acquisition in diverse areas such as mortgage loan servicing platforms, conductive polymers and inks used in organic electronic applications, specialty retail chains, and novelty ice cream cones. He represents official unsecured creditors' committees.

Tom’s restructuring experience includes negotiating and documenting loan and corporate restructurings and other work-out related matters, primarily as counsel to senior lenders. His bankruptcy securitization experience includes representing commercial banks (including lender groups), other financial institutions, equipment lessors, and rating agencies in bankruptcy aspects of securitization transactions, including debtor-in-possession financing implemented through post-petition securitization transactions. His general creditors' rights and lender liability experience includes implementing public and private disposition of personal and real property collateral, including through sales of financially distressed businesses as going concerns, inside and outside of bankruptcy, as well as advising lenders regarding, and representing lenders in, litigation matters, including possible lender-liability claims, intercreditor disputes, and possible instances of borrower fraud. His experience with insurance company insolvency includes representing insurance and reinsurance companies in litigation with insurance regulators over insurance insolvency and rehabilitation issues.

Tom has been selected as a Leading Lawyer in His Field (Chambers USA 2004-2014). He has been described as: a “‘tremendous tactician’ possessing ‘street-smart common sense’” (Chambers USA 2004-2005); a “sagacious, pragmatic and highly knowledgeable” lawyer who “provides excellent advice and obtains great results” (Chambers USA 2007); an exceptional lawyer who does top work (Chambers USA 2008) and is “proficient in a wide body of work, from complicated matters to more midlevel cases” (Chambers USA 2009); a lawyer who can handle the megacases with an understanding of how to balance the practical and legal considerations (Chambers USA 2010); someone who is 'very experienced, responsive and knowledgeable of the field' and who handles cases that are frequently national in scale (Chambers USA 2011); as doing “a great job in very large, complicated, contentious situations” (Chambers USA 2012); and as a “very savvy, very smart attorney who knows bankruptcy law very well” and who is “able to adjust his style to the situation” (Chambers USA 2014).


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US Supreme Court Rules that Bankruptcy Courts Can Issue Proposed Findings in “Core” Matters Involving Stern v. Marshall-Type Claims
Thomas S. Kiriakos,Michael F. Lotito,Brian Trust, June 17, 2014
On June 9, 2014, the US Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison (“Executive Benefits”) that resolved a fundamental bankruptcy procedural issue that had arisen in the wake of Stern v. Marshall (“Stern”).

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Thomas S. Kiriakos

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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