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HMB Welcomes Jeralyn H. Baran, Expanding its Employment Law Practice

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HMB Legal Counsel is pleased to welcome Jeralyn (“Jeri”) H. Baran who joins the firm as a Partner in its Business & Finance group. Jeri will lead HMB’s growing Employment Law practice.

With over 30 years of experience in employment law, Jeri provides individualized guidance to help clients address their immediate employment issues, mitigate risk and integrate legal compliance with best practices. Working with both employers and employees, Jeri’s clients include multinational corporations, private equity firms, charitable organizations, small businesses, executives and individuals. She serves as their legal guide when drafting and negotiating employment agreements from offer letters and equity agreements to transitional contracts. Read Jeri’s full bio here.

“Jeri is a leader in her field. Her significant experience advising business owners on current developments in employment law will be greatly valued by clients across the firm,” said Jeffrey Hechtman, HMB’s Managing Partner.

Jeri has received many distinctions including Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women Lawyers. She has been named to Leading Lawyers for 10 consecutive years and to Illinois Super Lawyers for 12 years. Jeri also has been recognized as one of Illinois’ top 50 Women Lawyers in Illinois and one of Illinois’ top 100 Lawyers overall.

“I’m excited to join HMB and the many professionals who share the same drive to exceed client expectations as I do,” said Jeri. “With my long-standing legal philosophy of guiding and serving as a trusted advisor, I believe I fit right in.”

HMB’s Business & Finance Group has a strong reputation spanning numerous industries representing private equity and venture capital firms, dynamic middle-market companies and financial institutions. Learn more about HMB’s Business and Finance Group here.

HMB is a preeminent provider of legal services and business counsel based in Chicago. We are a partnership of high-performing lawyers whom clients rely on to get important things done efficiently, wisely and well. When you work with HMB, you leverage the experience of entrepreneurial lawyers at the top of their profession who work to deliver a better experience in every matter, every relationship and all that they do.

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