Bernard J. Natale

Bernard J. Natale

Rockford, Illinois

Bernard J. Natale received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Illinois State University in 1973 and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from John Marshall Law School in 1977, graduating with distinction. He was admitted in 1977 to the Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. He is also admitted to the Federal Trial Bar. In 1987, Mr. Natale was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit in 1990.

Attorney Natale has been a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee panel member for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division since 1981. He also serves as an Arbitrator for the Illinois Supreme Court's Mandatory Arbitration Board in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. He authored the chapter "Impact of Environmental Laws on Claims of Creditors" for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education in 1990. He is a frequent speaker at the bankruptcy related seminars for continuing legal education. Professional affiliations are listed below:

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Winnebago County Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1990


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Illinois State University
    • B.S. - 1973


  • "Impact of Environmental Laws on Claims of Creditors"
  • Speaker, Bankruptcy Related Seminars For Continuing Legal Education

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • Winnebago County Bar Association, Member