Christopher Horvay ’73
As a Council at Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP, Christopher J. Horvay ’73 is seasoned in the representation of senior creditors and asset-based lenders in complex litigation, workout, and bankruptcy matters across the country. He’s consistently been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2006, as well as an Illinois Leading Lawyer for the last two years in commercial bankruptcies and workouts.
After earning a history degree from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), Horvay went on to study law at Northwestern University. He remains grateful for the foundation SU gave him. “I built lasting relationships and a definite broadening of my outlook on the world,” Horvay says. “The analytical skills provided by my undergraduate education helped me immensely throughout my career.”
Horvay’s recent creditor representations include senior secured lenders in Clark Retail Enterprises and United Airlines, significant landlord interests in K-Mart Corporation, and as special counsel to plaintiffs in Price v. Phillip Morris. He also served as debtor’s counsel in a number of business bankruptcy cases, including Ben Franklin Stores in the Northern District of Illinois. Horvay has represented numerous asset purchasers, including Newport News, Inc. and Spiegel Catalog, Inc., and sellers in transactions involving troubled companies as well as assignees for the benefit of creditors in out-of-court liquidations. He recently defended former directors and officers of troubled companies in litigation brought against them by bankruptcy trustees.
Horvay has also undertaken professional leadership roles within the Turnaround Management Association’s Chicago/Midwest chapter since its inception. He served as a TMA National Director from 1999 through 2002, as well as president of the Chicago/Midwest chapter in 1997 and 1998. In 2004, Horvay was recognized by the Chicago chapter as its Educator of the Year.
For SU, Horvay serves on the Chicago Regional Council and the A&S Board of Visitors. His son, Matthew, followed in his footsteps too, studying international relations.
Horvay enjoys connecting with people who share a goal to enhance the University’s stature, and his gifts to the A&S Dean’s Fund support the faculty, staff, and students who hold a special place in his heart. “SU’s success is a worthy goal, but I also want to assist students in need,” he says. “Their success and the enhancement of their skills will contribute greatly to our society’s future.”