General Counsel

Better Perspective Built on two-way relationships

The day-to-day of your business is fast and complex. The last thing you want is uncertainty when it comes to knowing where to turn for business advice and legal counsel.

Prominent companies, business leaders and high-net-worth individuals hire us because they want more than just an attorney; they want a tailored approach that anticipates their needs and acts with an intimate knowledge of their business, industry and goals.

We become an integral extension of your businesses, helping you drive business strategy and solutions to complex problems—while inspiring confidence with your investors and senior leaders. We customize the way we work to fit your needs. We learn your company, team, structure, communication style and goals. This is key to providing practical, targeted advice.

One Advisor, One Powerful Team

Ours is a track record of lasting, stewardship relationships built on a goal to be the first call you make when the crucial moment demands it. Our approach involves getting to know the relevant aspects of your business and personal goals. You are backed by a dedicated, multidisciplinary team of professionals, providing you on-call access to leaders from our tax, technology, real estate, bankruptcy, litigation and private client practices when necessary. We also work directly with your outside accountants and other advisors to help mitigate risk and guide long-term business objectives.

Thinking and Acting Like You

We speak the language of business. We translate legal jargon into relevant business terms that correspond to the way you think about your business and personal affairs. We’re active participants in leading industry and commercial groups, connecting us with the business community and keeping us current on the broader business issues you’re facing, not just the legal issues.

Walking in Your Shoes

Nothing beats having first-hand, in-the-trenches experience when it comes to understanding how your business runs, the daily challenges you face and the speed you work at. Our attorneys are accomplished business men and women who hold/held senior leadership positions within companies and are balanced with the financial acumen and business instinct which gets you from point “A” to point “B” quickly.

Areas of Focus

  • Business formation and strategic planning
  • Corporate governance
  • Employment relationships and commercial contracts
  • Corporate transactions – mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures
  • Commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property agreements
  • Finance
  • Equity plans and phantom equity plans, incentive plans
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Kynat AkramAssociate
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Brian H. AxelradPartner | Board of Directors
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Aaron L. HammerChair | Bankruptcy Group
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Jenna E. SteinChair | Real Estate Group
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Brett M. WintersteinChair | Business and Finance Group
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Tenancy by the Entirety Not a Defense to a Mortgage Foreclosure Case When Both Spouses Signed Letter of Direction to Trustee of Land TrustNovember 4, 2018

In  Marquette Bank v. Gesiakowski, et al., 2015 IL App (1st) 142627, the Illinois First District Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a lender in a mortgage foreclosure case that resolved interesting issues regarding a mortgagee's ability to foreclose on real estate held in a land trust, when the beneficial interest in that land trust is held by spouses as…

Pumping the Brakes on Shareholder Demands and Threats of Derivative Lawsuits against Your CompanyAugust 31, 2018

Every state recognizes the right of a company's shareholder (or member in the case of a limited liability company) to make a demand of the Board of Directors to initiate litigation that the shareholder believes will benefit the company. If the Board fails or refuses to act, the shareholder has the right to sue derivatively on behalf of the company. While…

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