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Jeralyn (Jeri) H. Baran Partner
  • D 312.606.3217
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jbaran@hmblaw.com
Jeralyn (Jeri) H. Baran
“Employment law is always evolving and it touches every aspect of a business. I serve as a practical guide and counselor to help clients stay ahead of the change, overcome obstacles and find their path to success.”

Jeri is a Partner in HMB’s Business & Finance Group and leads the firm’s Employment practice. She helps clients resolve employment issues and implement best practices to better focus their business and achieve their personal goals.

As a partner to both employers and employees, Jeri’s clients include individuals, executives, small businesses, charitable organizations, private equity firms and multinational corporations. She provides individualized, practical guidance to help clients address their immediate employment issues, mitigate risk and ensure they are both legally compliant and using current best practices to meet their legal needs. Jeri serves as their legal guide when drafting and negotiating employment agreements from offer letters and equity agreements to transitional contracts.

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With over 30 years of experience in employment law, Jeri regularly helps clients overcome a host of challenges. She helps management evaluate the practical and legal aspects of employee agreements, compensation agreements and restrictive covenants. Likewise, she helps executives negotiate their desired employment agreements. Jeri leverages her commercial litigation experience to identify potential discrimination claims and day-to-day business and legal challenges. She is especially skilled at educating business managers and supervisors on current developments in employment law, including diversity, equity and inclusion, disability issues, discrimination and harassment concerns, and conducting proper workplace investigations, among others.

Jeri is a recognized leader in her field, having 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 and one of Illinois’ top 100 Lawyers overall.

Finding a Path to Success

Clients rely on Jeri to help them find their path to success, regardless of the difficulties in their circumstances. They benefit from Jeri’s 30+ years of experience in commercial litigation and the guiding perspective it adds to their day-to-day employment matters. Most of all, clients value Jeri’s compassion and decisiveness. They depend upon her practical guidance and counsel to ensure they have the necessary tools to confidentially address their employment issues.

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • Marquette University, M.A.
  • Marquette University, B.A.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Honors

  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women Lawyers, 2020
  • Leading Lawyers, 2011-2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2009-2022
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Products Liability
  • Rickerts Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Community Involvement

  • The Technology and Manufacturing Association, Women in TMA Committee

Publications

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Education
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
  • Marquette University, M.A.
  • Marquette University, B.A.
Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
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Chicago IL 60661

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