George R. Mesires



George Mesires is a trusted adviser to companies facing challenges in corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, distressed M&A, and general corporate matters. His practice also includes advising principals, directors and officers on corporate governance, fiduciary duties and strategy in crises and/or in sensitive matters.

George co-leads the firm’s senior living and care segment and is a member of the steering committee of the health and life sciences industry team. He has significant experience in the senior housing industry, representing both for-profit and nonprofit operators in a variety of engagements, including affiliations, acquisitions, financings, litigation, governance matters, government investigations, restructurings and bankruptcy.

George has written and spoken extensively about senior living and care best practices, identifying key takeaways for operators to better prepare themselves for future financial challenges. Given the extent of his experience, George was asked to serve on the boards of The Kendal Corporation — the 14th-largest sponsor of life plan communities in the country (also serving as Chair of the Finance Committee) — and The Admiral at the Lake — the oldest life plan community in Chicago (also serving on the Finance and Community Experience and Compliance Committees). George has been sought out by operators and other constituents to advise on all aspects of senior living and care.

Past Experience

Prior to private practice, George was general counsel for a start-up telecommunications company, where he handled all legal affairs for the company, including the distressed sale process for the sale of substantially all of the company’s assets to a regional telecommunications company.

Before serving as in-house counsel, George was an assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Personal Interests

In George’s free time  he enjoys training, handling and hunting Labrador retrievers; fishing; alpine skiing; and hiking.


Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Syracuse University College of Law
J.D. (1995)

Syracuse University School of Management
M.B.A. (1995)

Colgate University
B.A. (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Investment Update: Should Today's Investor Buy, Sell or Hold in the 2021 Market?
    Moderator, 5th Annual InterFace Seniors Housing Northeast, December 2, 2021
  • Roundtable: Is Senior Housing Recession-Proof? If Not, Where Are All the Distressed Buying Opportunities?
    Facilitator, 5th Annual InterFace Seniors Housing Northeast, December 1, 2021
  • Current, Future Trends in Financing, Investing & State of Capital Markets
    Moderator, 13th Annual Chicagoland Senior Housing Summit, November 11, 2021
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on the Nursing Care Industry: Threats and Signs of Recovery
    American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Committee Newsletter, March 12, 2021
  • Senior Housing Real Estate State of the Market
    Moderator, 11th Annual Chicago Senior Housing Real Estate Conference, November 10, 2019
  • 12th Annual Chicago Credit, Restructuring, Distressed Investing and Turnaround Conference
    Legal Panelist, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, March 2017
  • Investment Outlook: Development & Financing Opportunities in Senior Housing
    Moderator, Chicagoland Senior Housing Real Estate Conference, November 2016
  • 11th Annual Chicago Credit, Restructuring, Distressed Investing and Turnaround Conference, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    Legal Panelist, April 2016
  • Mergers and Acquisition Issues for Post-Acute Care Providers
    Panelist, American Health Care Association, February 2016
  • State of the Market: Current & Future Outlook Financing & Investing
    Panelist, Chicagoland Senior Housing Real Estate Conference, November 2015
  • ABI Bankruptcy Reform Commission’s Reform Principles Affecting Small and Medium Business Enterprises, Estate Neutrals, Asset Sales, Financing and Venue
    Panelist, Chicago’s Exclusive Distressed Investment Summit, April 2015
  • Forensic & Valuation Issues in Health Care
    Panelist, AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference, November 2014
  • Segmented Solutions in the Marketplace
    Panelist, 6th Annual Seniors Housing Commercial Real Estate Conference, August 2014
  • The Rise of Private Equity and Non-Traded REITs
    Moderator, Senior Housing News Summit, July 2014
  • Focus on Health Care
    The Honorable Robert Ginsberg Annual Program in Commercial Bankruptcy Law, Chicago Bar Association, November 2013
  • Advanced Distressed Debt: Recharacterization
    Distressed Debt Investing Blog, November 6, 2013
  • Lessons Learned From Wave of CCRC Bankruptcies
    Senior Housing Business, October-November 2013
  • Encountering and Overcoming Financial Distress in the Long-Term Care Industry
    Tennessee Health Care Association/Tennessee Center for Assisted Living Annual Convention, August 2013
  • Financing & Investment Trends in Senior Housing
    Midwest Tri-Housing Conference, sponsored by Illinois Real Estate Journal, June 2013
  • Land Acquisition and Development Strategies
    Senior Housing News Webinar, June 2013
  • The Legal and Practical Implications of Technical and Financial Bond Defaults, Forbearance Agreements, Permanent Debt Restructurings and Bankruptcy
    Life Services Network Annual Meeting & Exhibition, May 2013
  • Seventh Circuit Extends the New Value Exception to Include Insiders
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 5, 2013
  • Lead Banks May Shift Preference Risk in Loan Participations
    Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review, March 6, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal — Associate Editor, 2010-present
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) — Asset Sales Committee Newsletter (Editor, 2010-13)
  • Law360 — Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board, 2010, 2014
  • American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) — Post-Acute & Long-Term Services Practice Group
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago/Midwest Chapter — Sponsorship Committee (Co-Chair, 2014); Steering Committee, 2011; The Newsletter of Corporate Renewal (Co-Chair, 2011)
  • Commercial Finance Association — Sponsorship Committee, 2014

Civic Activities

  • The Kendal Corporation — Board of Directors, Financial Resources Committee (Chair, 2021-present), Strategy Committee (2015-19)
  • The Old People's Home of the City of Chicago (governing entity of The Admiral at the Lake) — Board of Directors, Finance Committee (2021-present), Governance Committee (former member), Audit Committee (former member), Community Experience and Compliance Committee (2017-present), 2013-present
  • Antique Boat Museum — Board of Trustees, Audit Committee (Chair, 2021-present), Long Range Planning Committee, Education Committee, 2016-present
  • Illinois Mentoring Partnership — Board of Directors, 2012-17
  • St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church — Senior Warden, 2015-17
  • St. Chrysostom's Day School — Advisory Board, 2009-14
  • Deerfield Academy Alumni Association — Executive Committee, 2011-17


  • Chambers USA — Illinois, Healthcare, 2021-23
  • Chambers USA — Bankruptcy/Restructuring, 2013-20
  • Illinois Super Lawyers — Bankruptcy, Business, 2014-20
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA), Chicago/Midwest Chapter — Small Transactions of the Year Award, 2012 (Fairview Ministries, Inc.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and sale of assets to Lifespace DG, LLC)
  • Healthcare Services Turnaround of the Year — Turnaround Atlas Award, 2012 (Fairview Ministries' Chapter 11 case)
  • M&A Sixth Annual Turnaround Awards — Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year (Lower Middle Market), 2012 (Fairview Ministries' case)
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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