Cecilio I. Porras


P 312 855 4314 F 312 444 9027

Practice areas

Cecilio “Cy” Porras enjoys assisting his clients through the maze of litigation, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and bankruptcy matters. Rooted in his experience and success in pursuing claims and collection actions against difficult borrowers and guarantors, he identifies complex situations confidently and presents his clients with all available options in an effort to resolve matters in the quickest and most cost-efficient manner. Cy’s success is reflective of his dedication and commitment to his clients.


Cy’s breadth of experience includes representing banks, equipment lessors, finance companies, lease brokers and equipment vendors on a nationwide basis in commercial litigation, bankruptcies, transactional and appellate matters.

Representative litigation matters:

  • Second chaired trial that resulted in a judgment and award of attorney’s fees concerning complex commercial equipment lease litigation following multiple bankruptcy filings, counterclaims concerning fraud, statute of limitations and consumer protection claims.
  • Successfully enforced judgment for detinue and replevin in an action seeking return of personal property collateral wrongfully taken or held. Following entry of rejudgement, debtor fled to Florida and cached collateral with various third parties in Wisconsin and Illinois. Because of Cy’s efforts to locate and recover the collateral in multiple jurisdictions, the lender’s team was able to liquidate collateral on an expedited base at sale, which netted proceeds that resulted in a quick sale of the collateral sufficient to cover more than 80% of client’s judgment.

Cy understands how to communicate with clients and convey accurate, important and often sensitive information needed to make an informed business decision. He is a responsive, respectful and considerate attorney who still prefers a phone call to discuss approach and strategy to an ongoing email-string.

Away from the office, Cy appreciates new experiences, from travel, to new restaurants, to checking out eclectic events like pop-up blues concerts. He likes the challenge that comes with working with his hands, including repairing and improving his motorcycles, finding and refurbishing antique items and, in quieter moments, playing guitar.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2016
Arizona State University, B.S. in criminology and criminal justice, summa cum laude, 2013

Bar Admissions
Illinois (2016)

Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2018
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2019
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2020

  • Illinois Rising Star, selected by Super Lawyers (2024)