Johnson Legal Group, LLC

Johnson Legal Group, LLC

We are a team of business attorneys who have chosen to dedicate our practice to creditors' rights in the business to business setting.

Firm Overview

We focus on collection, litigation, bankruptcy, and commercial evictions, but we are pleased to discuss with a client any issue arising out of a business transaction. We are there to help the business community seek quick and effective methods to resolve issues in these areas.

We are leaders who not only have years of experience, but have authored books and articles, taught at continuing legal education classes for attorneys and made presentations to both lawyers and non-lawyers on the practice of creditors' rights. We believe that continuing education is not just a requirement, but the best way for us to continue to offer the pinnacle of legal services to our clients, each and every day!

We also have a deep and sincere passion for our work and are professionals with outstanding credentials to better serve our clients. We like our field and enjoy the practice and maintain a laser sharp focus on our clients' needs at all times. We are skilled at resolving problems swiftly so we can be an effective member of YOUR team!

Our clients experience a refreshingly different approach to client contact and attention in comparison to the treatment they have received in dealing at their previous collection law firms.

One reason is that we are a full service creditors' rights law firm, not the typical mill collection firm. We are dedicated to the service of commercial clients in commercial litigation, commercial collection, commercial eviction and creditor representation in bankruptcy. The experience of our attorneys allows us to take a commercial case from "cradle to grave:" send the demand letter, sue, litigate, try cases, enforce under post judgment, and handle bankruptcy issues if they arise anywhere in that process.

Clients tell us that what they most appreciate is that that we understand the ultimate reason for our services: to help our clients promote their bottom line. We do this by emphasizing our focus on each case and by prizing attention to our clients. Cases are reviewed and serviced individually. They are not merely become grist for some collection mill. We not only keep clients informed of the progress of their cases, but we consult them to tap into the valuable knowledge they have of industry and of their customer's history which, then, becomes a valuable part of our process.

We invite you to work with us to find out what the 21st Century attorney-client experience in creditors' rights should be.
Main Office

Main Office
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1510
Chicago  IL  60603

  • 312-345-1306
Our experienced and dedicated attorneys are ready to provide counsel and aggressive representation to effectively serve the creditors' rights needs of our clients commercial legal matters
-Collection Litigation
-Breach of Contract Litigation
-Post Judgment Enforcement
-Commercial Litigation Defense
-Commercial Eviction
-Mechanics' Lien Foreclosures
-Worker's Compensation Audit Premium Cases

-Creditor representation in Chapters 7, 11 and 13
-Chapter 7 Trustee representation
-Non-dischargeability in Bankruptcy
-Bankruptcy Preference Defense
-Assignment for the Benefits of Creditors
-Workouts of Debts

We have a blend of expertise in litigation and negotiation skills supported by a comprehensive knowledge of the law that allows us to take cases from "cradle to grave". Johnson Legal Group, LLC is privileged to represent clients in nearly all areas of creditors' rights.

Cindy M. Johnson

Managing Member

Cindy 's areas of practice are concentrated in Business Litigation; Commercial Collection, Post Judgment Enforcement, Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy Litigation. Her practice covers both the trial and appellate levels.

She attended the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, achieving her J.D. in 1988. At the University of Chicago she studied Behavioral Science and obtained a B.A. (with honors) in 1985. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988 and was subsequently admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois in 1989; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit in 1992; and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995.

Cindy is also involved with a number of professional organizations including the Illinois State Bar Association (Assembly Member 2013; for the Commercial, Collections, Banking and Bankruptcy Section: Secretary 2013; CLE Chair 2010-2013; CLE Coordinator 2008-2010); Illinois Creditors Bar Association (President, 2003-2005; Executive Vice-President, 2002-2003; Secretary, 1999-2000; Board Member, 1999) and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

She is a prolific author and speaker with a long list of works featured on the Resources page of the firm's website.
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Kyle A. Lindsey

Associate Attorney

Before joining Johnson Legal Group in 2012, Kyle concentrated his practice in helping individuals. He spent a brief amount of time in a family law firm before deciding to concentrate his practice in bankruptcy. He practiced in a consumer debtor bankruptcy firm in the Eastern District of Wisconsin for 3 years until moving to Illinois. Kyle joined Johnson Legal Group to expand his practice to creditor side representation, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and collection.
Kyle was awarded a J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2006. He graduated from the Honors College at Ball State University, earning his B.A. in 2003.

While in high school and in college, Kyle lived in Japan on two separate occasions, and, during one of those stays taught English classes to Japanese individuals. Kyle also speaks fluent Spanish. This led to his being quoted in "Bilingual Attorneys Find Steady Work" in the Wisconsin Law Journal, found at the Resources page of the firm's website. (Read More)

Kyle is licensed in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin and is licensed to practice before the Federal and Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Wisconsin.
  • Marquette University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2006

Ira Helfgot

Of Counsel

Ira concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, business collections, including collections for law firms, and professional liability law. Ira has published extensively on debtor-creditor issues and professional liability law topics for among others, IICLE, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and the Illinois Creditors Bar Association and has lectured on debtor-creditor issues for the Illinois Creditors Bar Association and the Illinois Credit Union League. (Read More)

Ira is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, formerly serving on its Committee on Judicial Evaluations and as a CLE Coordinator for the Commercial Banking, Collections & Bankruptcy Section Council, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, where he is currently serving as a member of the CLE Committee, and the Illinois Creditors Bar Association, formerly serving as president and as a member of the Board of Directors. Ira is also currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Assistance Program, pursuant to an appointment by the Illinois Supreme Court and has been elected as treasurer of the Board of Directors.

Ira earned his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where he served as a member of the Law Review.
  • DePaul University College of Law
    Juris Doctorate