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Keith H. Berk Partner
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kberk@hmblaw.com
Keith H. Berk
"I structure solutions that align parties' interests to create durable relationships. "

Keith is a senior partner in HMB’s Business and Finance group. He represents larger sized closely-held businesses and their owners in mergers and acquisitions and as outside general counsel.

Keith is well-known as a facilitator for middle-market “deals,” implementing a wide range of tax-advantaged capital structures, shareholder and family-ownership structures and private-equity structures to enhance growth and to provide exit strategies.

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As outside general counsel, Keith advises on strategies that help businesses attract and retain key management, minimize risk and maximize opportunities for long-term growth. Keith has also assisted numerous family owned businesses with generational succession planning and creative family dispute resolutions.

A Business Approach to Complex Problems

Keith emphasizes a business approach to the practice of law. Clients value him as a trusted advisor who offers practical solutions to complex issues.

Education

University of Illinois, J.D.

University of Illinois, B.S. with high honors

Licenses

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

Admissions

Illinois

Honors

Board Room Magazine, 2017 Distinguished President of the Year

Professional Memberships

YPO Gold Chicago, Board of Directors

GPF Foundation, Board of Directors and Vice President

Northmoor Education Foundation, Board of Directors

Publications

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Department of Labor Provides Additional GuidanceApril 1, 2020

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “FCCRA”) was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  Since then, questions as to scope and applicability have been raised by employers and employees alike.  The U.S. Department of Labor has and continues to provide guidance as to how employers and employees should interrupt the FFCRA.  A summary of the FCCRA can be…

  • Notices Required Under the Families First Coronavirus Response ActMarch 26, 2020

    On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor provided sample posters for private and public employers to post prior to April 1, 2020. Here is a link to the DOL poster for private employers. Also, the DOL provided guidance regarding the manner of providing notice to employees…

  • Are COVID-19 Losses Covered By Business Interruption Insurance?March 23, 2020

    Covid-19 is disrupting businesses, their supply chains and their customers and causing major losses. Governors of Illinois, California, New York and Pennsylvania have issued “stay at home” and similar orders impacting employees and many businesses. Are any of these losses covered by insurance? The answer is maybe. The type of insurance a business carries and the specific insurance policy language are critical to determine…

  • Families First Coronavirus Response ActMarch 19, 2020

    On March 18, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”).  Below is a summary of the employer requirements under the Act: Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act Covered Employers Employers with fewer than 500 employees and covered public sector employers must provide up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave for a qualifying need related to…

  • COVID-19 Guidance for Illinois EmployersMarch 17, 2020

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading across the globe and we wanted to assist you in considering all risk assessment and mitigation tools available.  We recommend assembling a management team to determine best next steps and implement an emergency plan.  Plan considerations should include cash flow concerns, remote working possibilities, IT considerations, quarantine possibility and company specific concerns. Businesses should…

Education
  • University of Illinois, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.S. with high honors
Admissions
  • Illinois
Licenses
  • Certified Public Accountant, Illinois
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Chicago IL 60661

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