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Jonathan A. Backman Esq. - Bloomington, IL

117 N. Center Street Bloomington, IL 61701 - 5001

Updated: 01/07/2020

Bloomington Litigation Lawyer


About Jonathan A. Backman Esq.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation 60%
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights and Constitutional
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Professional Malpractice Law


  • 60%

Representative Clients

  • MONTGOMERY WARD (1997-1999)
  • KARSTEN MAHLMANN (1991-1998)
  • NOBART, INC. (1994-1997)
  • NORTHWEST AIRLINES (1992-1995)


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2004
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2006

Other Affiliations

  • Central Illinois Center for Independent Living (Former member of the Board of Directors)

Classes and Seminars

  • ADA Training Seminars, IADOCPA, Inc.
  • ADA Training Seminars, Central Illinois Recovery Coalition
  • WBJC guest legal analyst and former forum speaker


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1987
    Honors: cum laude
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Economics


Published Works

  • Hartford Insurance Revisited: Seller Beware, XVIII Bankruptcy Strategist 1, September, 2001
  • Subordination of Tax Penalties: Dead or Alive (Co-Author), XVI Bankruptcy Strategist 1, March, 1996
  • Banks May Freeze Funds Subject to Setoff (Co-Author), Bankruptcy Strategist 1, November, 1995
  • Alternatives to Insurance Liquidation, a U.S. Perspective (Co-Author), 4 Int'l J. Ins. L. 218, October, 1994
  • Civil RICO Claims in Bankruptcy (Co-Author), Civil RICO Practice: Causes of Action, Supp., 1993
  • Appeals Court Upholds New Value Exception, X Bankruptcy Strategist 11, September, 1993
  • How Courts Split on Res Judicata Doctrine, X Bankruptcy Strategist 8, June, 1993
  • Landlord Damage Claims in Chapter 11, IX Bankruptcy Strategist 4, February, 1992
  • Face Value Debt Swap Does Not Create OID, IX Bankruptcy Strategist 7, May, 1992
  • Pursuing Alter-Ego Liability Against Non-Bankrupt Third Parties: Structuring a Comprehensive Conceptual Framework (Co-Author), 35 St. Louis L.J. 657, 1991

Office Information


117 N. Center Street Bloomington, IL 61701 - 5001


  • (309) 820-7430

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