Matthew J. Botica

Matthew Botica is a partner in the firm’s restructuring and insolvency group. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, he served as managing partner of Hopkins & Sutter for a five-year term ending in 1998.

Mr. Botica has more than 30 years of experience representing debtors, institutional lenders, creditors’ committees, trustees, governmental agencies, and other creditors in the bankruptcy, reorganization, and claims trading areas. He has represented clients in cases throughout the United States.

His recent significant representations include:

  • Representing Lear Corporation as special finance and corporate counsel in its Chapter 11 case
  • Representing Legends Gaming as a debtor in possession in its Chapter 11 case 
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Sturgis Iron and Metal Co.
  • Representing Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, as agent in the Wellman, Inc. and Orius Corp. Chapter 11 cases
  • Representing Altheimer & Gray as debtor in possession
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in Arlington Hospitality Inc.
  • Representing Gazpromneft in the multi-billion dollar bankruptcy of the Yukos Oil Co. and certain affiliates
  • Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Kmart Corp. Chapter 11 cases
  • Representing KLA/SM, the successful purchaser of the real estate designation rights in the Service Merchandise Corp. Chapter 11 cases
  • Representing Fannie May Holdings Inc. in its Chapter 11 case
  • Representing the agent lender in the $700 million DIP loan in the Ames Chapter 11
  • Representing the California Senate Utility Committee in connection with the California electricity crisis

Mr. Botica received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975 and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston College in 1972.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Botica is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He was honored in the 2007-2009 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and in the 2004-2014 Chambers USA directory.


Mr. Botica is a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College and is the Board Chairman of the Chicago Jesuit Academy. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Winnetka Community House.


 Mr. Botica is the author of a chapter on Chapter 7 “Business Liquidations” in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Bankruptcy Practice Handbook. He also has lectured for IICLE on various aspects of the trustee’s avoidance powers under Sections 544, 547, 548, and 550 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code. In addition, Mr. Botica has spoken before the American Bar Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Commercial Law League, and the Chicago Bar Association.