Ilissa Churgin Hook is a founding partner of the bankruptcy law firm of Hook & Fatovich, LLC. She has an extensive background handling bankruptcy matters and devotes her practice to consumer bankruptcies, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy litigation, and creditors’ rights matters. Throughout her career, Ilissa has represented individual as well as corporate debtors and creditors, and trustees in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings.
Ilissa began her career at a small law firm in 1996 where she gained experience representing debtors and creditors, as well as Chapter 7 trustees, in consumer and corporate bankruptcies. She also handled numerous state court commercial litigation matters and appeals in both New Jersey and New York. After moving on to a large regional law firm, Ilissa spent several years in the bankruptcy and corporate restructuring department, focusing her work on complex corporate restructuring matters. In 2009, she joined Yablonsky & Associates, LLC and upon partner Daniel J. Yablonsky’s appointment to the Superior Court of New Jersey in August of 2011, Ilissa became a founding member of Hook & Fatovich, LLC.
Ilissa is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. She is a regular contributor to articles for NJMoneyHelp.com; and prior to The Star-Ledger retiring its popular business column, "Ask the Biz Brain," Ilissa was frequently cited for her bankruptcy law expertise in the Q&A columns. She has also written on the topic of bankruptcy for The Bergen Record.
Ilissa is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as in the states of New Jersey and New York. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section), the New York State Bar Association (Business Law Section), the Passaic County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Network of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany, and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School, where she was a member of the 1995-1996 Moot Court Board and was inducted into the national honorary organization, National Order of Barristers.
Personally, Ilissa enjoys being involved with her community. She is an active member of Shomrei Torah Congregation in Wayne, where she sits on the Board of Trustees and is actively involved in fundraising and youth social action activities. Along with her family, Ilissa volunteers her time with, and is an active supporter of, HomeFront, Inc. - a non-profit organization serving the needs of the homeless population of Central New Jersey. Ilissa is also committed to pro bono legal work, regularly accepting designated pro bono bankruptcy cases from Legal Services of New Jersey.
Ilissa can be reached at (973) 686-3800 or you may email her directly.