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Faculty and Administration Profiles

Joseph U. Schorer

Title/s:  Adjunct Faculty
Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Phone: 847.917.2848

Email: jschorer10@gmail.com


With a unique background as both a public company general counsel and partner-level law firm practitioner, Joseph U. Schorer handles finance, corporate, securitization, restructuring and securities matters. In his career in private practice and as general counsel for a group of middle market companies, his clients have viewed him as a tenacious business leader, skilled at analyzing complex situations, pragmatically assessing options, and developing cost effective solutions. He has handled dozens of loan, securitization, acquisition, and leasing transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $15 billion dollars. He has advised boards of directors on business reorganization, board compensation, and securities law issues. His clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups.

In 2007, Schorer was the recipient of a Special Recognition Award for his work in administering the joint bankruptcy bench-bar Credit Abuse Resistance Education program, presented by the United States District Court, in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association.


BA with Highest Distinction, Northwestern University, 1975
JD, Harvard Law School, 1978

Program Areas

Corporate, Securities, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy and Other Insolvency Laws

Courses Taught

Secured Transactions, Securitization, and Structured Finance

Selected Publications

Chapter 11 Lending: An Overview of the Process (co-authored with David S. Curry), The Secured Lender, March/April 1991

The Credit CARD Act of 2009: Credit Card Reform and the Uneasy Case for Disclosure, The Banking Law Journal, November/December 2010