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Nicholas E. Ballen is an associate in the Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice in Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office. Nick has significant experience prosecuting and defending avoidance actions, other bankruptcy-related proceedings, and complex commercial suits, as well as representing committees, individual creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy cases. In addition, he has experience assisting with investigations into the financial affairs of debtors and other parties in connection with bankruptcy cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Nick spent two years clerking for the Honorable Timothy A. Barnes in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and three years as a bankruptcy and complex commercial litigation associate at another law firm.



  • Judicial Extern, Hon Michael J. Raphael, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 2013

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2023
  • Member, The M&A Advisor’s Turnaround Awards, “Restructuring Deal of the Year” for the restructuring of A.B.C. Carpet Co, Inc. and affiliates, 2022
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2015-Present
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association, 2015-Present


  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law, 2015
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, The Elder Law Journal
  • B.A., cum laude, Middlebury College, 2009
  • Hon. Timothy A. Barnes, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2018-2020
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Japanese, Fluent