Kurt M. Carlson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Bankruptcy Attorney in Chicago, IL

Carlson Dash LLC
 | 216 South Jefferson Street, Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: 312-382-1600
Fax: 312-382-1619
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Bankruptcy: Business (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing his practice on complex civil litigation, corporate matters, and business bankruptcies and workouts, Kurt M. Carlson is a managing member of Carlson Dash, LLC. With offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, he represents clients throughout those areas. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan, Mr. Carlson is also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits.

In his bankruptcy practice, Mr. Carlson represents creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 proceedings. He provides them with assistance in corporate restructurings and business workouts, and he has also handled foreclosures and assignments for the benefit of creditors. The cases that Mr. Carlson has worked on have involved Kmart Corporation, Wickes, CNO Financial Group, Florsheim Shoe Group, and other well-known companies.

Other complex litigation that Mr. Carlson has handled on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants have included contract breaches, lender liability, defamation, officers and directors insurance, and fraud, and he has been able to achieve favorable results for his clients. He also provides advice and counsel to companies and their boards of directors on a variety of regulatory and other matters.

Mr. Carlson attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, where he majored in social sciences and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1987. He then pursued his legal education at what was then known as the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1990. Before entering private practice, Mr. Carlson was in-house counsel at Comerica Bank, where he handled litigation and bankruptcy matters. His professional affiliations include the Federal Bar Association.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Bankruptcy (50%): Bankruptcy Law

Business Litigation (30%)

General Litigation (10%)

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Bankruptcy Law, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2020

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About Kurt Carlson

Admitted: 1990, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://carlsondash.com/our-attorneys/best-corporate-law-fir...


  • Top Illinois Lawyer, Commercial Bankruptcy and Workout Law, Leading Lawyers Network

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Speaker, C.A.R.E
  • USA Hockey Level 4 Hockey Coach
  • From 2007-2019 I have provided pro bono legal services to the Vipers Hockey Association, a not-for-profit youth hockey organization, and in that capacity helped the organization grow from 1 team to nearly 20 teams, competing at the highest levels in youth hockey at the AA level. From 2018-2019 I have provided pro bono legal services to The Matthias Academy, a not-for-profit start up focused on providing services to young adults with disabilities who have aged out of the school system in a college campus-like setting.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Original Editor, American Bankruptcy Institute, Volo Circuit Court Opinion First Responder, 7th Circuit


  • The video presents what my clients think of me as a lawyer, and what they think of the firm and other members of the firm., Carlson Dash Client Testimonial Video, Banking, Bankruptcy, Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate, 2019

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, B.A., 1987
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Office Location for Kurt M. Carlson

216 South Jefferson Street
Suite 504
Chicago, IL 60661

Phone: 312-382-1600

Fax: 312-382-1619

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Last Updated: 10/23/2019

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