John F. Hiltz, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Chicago, IL

Hiltz Zanzig & Heiligman LLC
53 W Jackson Blvd, Suite 1301 A
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-667-7717
Fax: 312-566-9015
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Bankruptcy: Business (80%), Bankruptcy: Consumer (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney John F. Hiltz, III, is a partner with Hiltz Zanzig & Heiligman LLC law firm in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 14 years of total legal experience, Mr. Hiltz focuses his practice solely on consumer bankruptcy, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to individuals and business owners seeking relief from their overwhelming debt. Moreover, Mr. Hiltz also represents the rights and interests of creditors, trustees and creditor committees during complex bankruptcy litigation.

Whether representing debtors or creditors, Mr. Hiltz maintains an unwavering focus on his clients' needs as he works hard to help them achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. He has extensive experience handling all aspects of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings as well as with out-of-court restructurings and other related matters. 

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Hiltz has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he has gained designation as among the top 5% of attorneys in his region for bankruptcy law. A leader in his field, he has served as co-chair for the Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, and he has published several articles on bankruptcy law.

A 1997 graduate of Wake Forest University, Mr. Hiltz attended UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he served as managing editor of The John Marshall Law Review. He obtained his Juris Doctor cum lade in 2006, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. 

He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Chicago Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Bankruptcy: Business
  • 20%Bankruptcy: Consumer


2 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2016

About John F. Hiltz, III

Admitted: 2006, Illinois

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Advisory Board, Westside Justice Center
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • Co-Chair (2016-2017) Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee (2015-2017)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • "Super Lawyer", 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-author, Abstention: Recent Developments, Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2008, 2009)
  • Co-author, Conservatism and Racism Revisited, Presented to the Southeastern Psychological Association (March 1995)
  • Uniform Laws or State Immunity? The Constitutionality of Section 106(a) After Seminole, 39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 969 (Spring 2006)

Educational Background

  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1997
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Office Location for John F. Hiltz, III

53 W Jackson Blvd
Suite 1301 A
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-667-7717

Fax: 312-566-9015

Last Updated: 6/22/2021

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