Bernard J. Natale

Bernard J. Natale

Rockford, Illinois
(815) 964-4700
(815) 316-4646

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

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 Bankruptcy
  • Chapter 7 and 13 FAQ
  • Credit Card Debt
  • Credit Counseling Services
  • Creditor Collection Activity
  • Divorce and Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
  • Student Loans and Bankruptcy

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


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

Published Works

  • Authored the Chapter: Impact of Environmental Laws on Claims of Creditors, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1990


  • 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
  • Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee Panel Member, 1981 - Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court, Mandatory Arbitration Board, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Arbitrator