Dennis A. Dressler

Phone 312 602 7361

Dennis Dressler is an experienced attorney who thinks like your business partner and understands that successful representation is more than just a thorough understanding of the law — it’s a dedication to the success of your business.

Dennis A. Dressler

Attorney Profile

Dennis Dressler has spent his legal career focusing on the successful resolution of complex litigation matters, including extensive representation of banking and financial entities in matters involving the aviation, medical, energy, construction, transportation and computer industries. Although primarily based in Chicago, Mr. Dressler has successfully litigated cases in dozens of state and federal trial courts across the country including numerous federal court appeals, resulting in many seven-figure judgments and reported decisions.

Mr. Dressler resolves business disputes for clients ranging from publicly traded corporations to family-owned businesses. Mr. Dressler has substantial experience in chapter 11 bankruptcies and adversary proceedings representing clients in ‘mega’ cases filed in Delaware, New York and Chicago, as well as more routine restructuring cases. Mr. Dressler has also represented clients in out-of-court workouts and mortgage and fraud litigation.

Mr. Dressler keeps his finger on the pulse of his clients’ industries through memberships in numerous associations, speaking at and attending conferences and writing for various trade publications. He believes that thorough knowledge of all aspects of his clients’ businesses forms the strongest foundation for winning in court.

Mr. Dressler is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri and Illinois as well as a number of federal district, bankruptcy and appellate courts and is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Dressler manages the Firm’s Missouri office.


Equipment Finance, Recovery & Litigation

We have the experience and knowledge to quickly recover collateral, from heavy equipment to on-the-road vehicles to aircraft and medical equipment, wherever it may be located.

Business Dispute Litigation & Contract Enforcement

Litigating business disputes involves several complex areas of law which include a variety of contractual and tort claims such as breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

Aircraft Financing and Recovery

The firm is counsel for financial institutions in connection with many loans secured by U.S. flag aircraft, and acts on behalf of sellers of corporate aircraft.

Workouts & Bankruptcy

Our corporate reorganization and bankruptcy practice has earned a nationwide reputation for financial workouts, receiverships and bankruptcies on behalf of creditors large and small across the nation.

Complex Mortgage Litigation & Loss Mitigation

Today, residential and commercial mortgage fraud is a pervasive problem — one that can affect the financial solvency of any lender even a decade after its mortgage loans are sold on the secondary market.


  • St. Louis University, 1997
  • Missouri State University, 1993

Recognition & Awards

  • Board of Editors, Law Journal Newsletter- Equipment Leasing
  • Board of Directors, National Equipment Financing Association
  • Nominated “Rising Star Super Lawyer” in Law & Politics Magazine (2008-2009)

Professional Activities

  • National Aircraft Finance Association
  • National Equipment Finance Association (Board Member)
  • Equipment Leasing and Financing Association
  • Equipment Leasing News (Editorial Board), Illinois Banker’s Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association, Mortgage Fraud Sub-Committee
  • Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association

Publications & Presentations


  • Legal Panel at 2013 ELFA Legal Forum- “Equipment Leasing Litigation Issues: What’s New and What’s Not: What’s Cold and What’s Hot?


  • Law Journal Newsletter- Equipment Leasing (June, 2013)- Issues of Allocation of Post-Petition Payments Attributable to Proceeds from Equipment Rentals in Bankruptcy Proceedings
  • Newsline- Damaged Goods- Can a Lender Recover More Than Just the Cost of Repair? (Nov./Dec. 2011)
  • NEFA (April, 2010)- Practical Considerations for Lenders to Obtain Possession of Aircraft from Defaulting Customers
  • NEFA (April 2013) Cramdowns in Bankruptcy- What Lenders Can Do to Minimize Their Risk
  • 2011 ELFA- Collateral Recovery Act Comments


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • US District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • Federal Trial Bar