2024 Benefit Honorees



Ira Dizengoff is a partner at Akin and focuses on large, complex corporate restructurings, both out of court and in chapter 11. Ira represents official committees and ad hoc groups of unsecured creditors, ad hoc groups of secured creditors, debtor in possession lenders, institutional investors, hedge funds and acquirers of businesses and assets. His restructuring matters encompass a variety of industries and involve multijurisdictional and cross-border matters.

Ira received his J.D. in 1992 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was a member of the Cardozo Law Review. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in history from Brandeis University.

Ira is a frequent lecturer at leading high-yield conferences and restructuring seminars. He is involved in community and charitable activities and has received recognition for his accomplishments in this area. He currently chairs the Board of Overseers of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In addition, he has been a long-time supporter and friend of Her Justice and has served as an Honorary Co-Chair for several Her Justice Benefits over the years.





Jennifer O’Neil, Managing Director, is Global Head of Corporate Strategy. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategic priorities and cross-functional initiatives focused on achieving BlackRock’s long-term goals.

Previously, Jennifer was Deputy Global Head of Investments and Transactions, Legal and Compliance, where she led coverage for various investment strategy groups within alternatives, fixed income, multi-strategy and equities, with specialized focus on restructurings and distressed investments. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2015, Jennifer was counsel at Anchorage Capital Group and a member of the Business Restructuring & Reorganization group at Jones Day.

Jennifer earned a B.S. degree with honors from the University of Washington in Applied Mathematics and received her J.D. degree cum laude from Boston University School of Law.