Matthew J. Stockl



Matthew Stockl is an associate and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Business Reorganization Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Janet S. Baer at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In this position he drafted decisions on complex issues of law and prepared court calls by reviewing and summarizing between 400 and 700 matters per week. Mr. Stockl additionally served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Littlefield, Jr. (Chief Judge) at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York, and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Cecelia G. Morris at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a major regional bank in state and bankruptcy litigation to enforce commercial loans and personal guaranties
  • Outside bankruptcy counsel to Fortune 200 manufacturing company
  • Represented lessor of commercial real estate in tenant bankruptcy proceedings
  • Assisted unsecured creditors in chapter 11 cases
  • Represented official creditors’ committee in chapter 11 case
  • Represented receiver for the Securities & Exchange Commission in SEC v. Illinois Stock Transfer Company
  • Defended preference actions
  • Litigated pro bono civil rights case for deprivation of constitutional right to adequate medical care on behalf of involuntarily committed mental health patient


Matthew has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® edition for his work in the field of bankruptcy.

In 2017, Matthew was one of 40 bankruptcy attorneys in the country selected to participate in the fifth annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ (“NCBJ”) Next Generation Program. The NCBJ created the program as a way to identify a small group of up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys who “demonstrate legal excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law; demonstrate a commitment to the continued educational development of bankruptcy professionals and professional activities that will benefit the public, members of the bar and the court system; and display a serious commitment to principles of civility, ethics and professionalism.”*


Matthew earned his law degree from Albany Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2009), where he was the note & comment editor for the Albany Law Review. While at Albany Law School, he was also director of competitions for the Moot Court Board and was elected to the Order of Barristers. Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (2004) in international business from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Matthew is admitted to practice in Illinois, New York, and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Chicago Bar Association.

Community Engagement

Matthew participates in the CARE (Credit Abuse Resistance Education) Program. Matthew also volunteers with Chicago’s Legal Prep Charter Academy, teaching trial advocacy, legal reasoning skills, and awareness of the legal profession to high school students.


Matthew is fluent in Spanish and French.

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Supreme Court to Determine Scope of Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provisions,” Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy (December 14, 2017)
  • Co-author, “Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure Actions,” Mortgage Foreclosure (Illinois): Practice and Procedure 2016 Edition, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE®) (2016)
  • Co-author, “Delaware Bankruptcy Court Upholds Reclamation Creditors’ Rights,” Legal News: Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations (October 4, 2016)
  • Author, “Stakes Are High In Supreme Court Review Of Jevic,” Law360 (July 12, 2016)
  • Co-author, “Supreme Court Expands Fraud Exception to Favor Creditors,” Legal News: Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations (May 19, 2016)

Selected Presentations

  • Speaker, “DIP Financing, Cross-Collateralization & Roll-Ups: Recent Cases and Trends,” Chicago Bar Association (Chicago, IL) (2018))

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.


Stockl Publishes Article about Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provisions
14 December 2017
Westlaw Journal Bankruptcy
Delaware Bankruptcy Court Upholds Reclamation Creditors’ Rights
04 October 2016
Legal News: Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations
Supreme Court Expands Fraud Exception to Favor Creditors
19 May 2016
Legal News: Bankruptcy & Business Reorganizations