Derek D. Samz
Derek D. Samz joined Di Monte & Lizak, LLC in 2006. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, (B.A., Economics, 2002), and also attended law school at the University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 2006). During his time at the College of Law, Derek co-authored an article for the publication Tax Notes, entitled An Initial Inquiry into the Tax Classification of Series Limited Liability Companies, which was used as a subject for study and discussion at the annual Multi-state Tax Conference. Derek’s second article entitled Face/Off: The Struggle Between Informed Consent and Patient Welfare in Facial Transplant Surgery, has been selected by the College of Law’s Journal of Law, Technology & Policy for publication in 2007.
Derek specializes in commercial litigation and representing both debtors and creditors in all phases of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy practices. Derek’s main focus is where these two areas of the law intersect.
Derek provides clients with practical legal advice regarding the necessary steps, inside and outside of a courtroom, to resolve your legal issue in the most efficient manner possible. He represent businesses in contract negotiation and drafting, receivable collection and dispute resolution. He also specialize in representing financial institutions in mortgage foreclosure lawsuits, loan modifications and alternative workout negotiation and drafting.
Derek also represents debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, with an emphasis on motion practice and litigation. He has represented consumer debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 proceedings, and commercial clients in Chapter 11 bankruptcies. Further, he provides commercial clients with representation and advice in bankruptcy matters, including motions to modify the automatic stay, filing proofs of claim, and objecting to entry of the discharge of particular debts.