Since admission to practice in 1981, Mr. Merens has concentrated in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate, civil litigation and commercial transactions, and has had extensive experience in virtually all aspects of insolvency practice. Mr. Merens has participated in numerous significant Chapter 11 cases, as counsel to debtors, creditors, creditors' committees, secured lenders, trustees and other parties. As debtor's counsel, Mr. Merens has confirmed a number of Chapter 11 plans of reorganization and has successfully concluded multiple Chapter 11 liquidations involving going concerns sales of various business enterprises. Mr. Merens has had several articles published in the fields of bankruptcy and commercial practice, and has participated as a featured speaker at a seminar dealing with mortgage foreclosures in Illinois, speaking on the interplay of bankruptcy and the foreclosure process. In April 2009, Mr. Merens participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the National Business Institute entitled "Bankruptcy Forum: What Judges And Trustees Want You To Know." Mr. Merens covered the segment of the discussion concerning Real Estate Issues in Bankruptcy. Mr. Merens has been selected by his peers in Illinois Super Lawyers multiple times. Mr. Merens earned his B.A. degree at Trinity College and his J.D. degree at the Washington University School of Law.