Sara is HMB’s Chief Executive Officer and has a penchant for helping make great professional services firms even better. She has worked with and within the c-suite of billion-dollar businesses to drive profitable growth, attract and enthuse talent and better serve clients.
With over two decades of domestic and international experience in multiple industries, Sara excels at the ideation and execution of innovative business strategy that delivers positive impact. The pillars of her management philosophy are transparency, accountability and profitability – while never losing focus on her steadfast belief that work should also be enjoyable. Her career spans multiple executive roles within public, private and family-owned businesses.
Previously, Sara served as the first COO in Alvarez & Marsal’s business consulting and transformation practice. She held successive roles at Deloitte Consulting U.K. and U.S., spending the majority of her time in client service working on complex mergers and acquisitions largely within the financial services and utilities industries. While at Deloitte, she also helped lead National Inclusion for Consulting where she was responsible for talent strategy and execution in an organization of 20K+ employees. While at Alvarez & Marsal, Sara helped establish their first Diversity & Inclusion initiative.
Sara is a previous guest lecturer on strategy, economics and leadership at multiple business schools including Kellogg, Booth, the Johnson School, Fuqua and Olin. She also serves as an adviser to Fortune 500 companies on diversity and inclusion.
Superlative Client Service, Exceptional Talent
A structured and analytical thinker balanced with financial acumen and business instinct, Sara has a passion for problem solving and a zest for driving positive impact though equal parts grit and operational know-how. She has an eye for spotting trends and disruptors and has a commitment to superlative client service and attracting, retaining and developing great talent. She inspires people to achieve their best, leading and fostering a culture of candor where all voices are heard and respected.
Lancaster University, MBA, International Strategic Alliances
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BSc in Biology
Bangor University, BSc in Biology
Forte Foundation, Board Member
Pro Bono Network, Advisory Board Member
United Way, American Red Cross of Chicago
Guest lecturer on strategy, economics and leadership at multiple business schools including:
Sara O’Reilly Discusses Passion and Purpose with Innovation on the 20/20 Foresight Podcast.
HMB’s Chief Executive Officer, Sara E. O'Reilly was interviewed by Jay Edelson, Host of legal podcast, Non-Compliant. Their conversation spans a variety of topics including running a law firm as a non-lawyer, why firms need a 5-year plan and why Diversity and Inclusion is imperative to the long-term success of the legal industry.
CHICAGO, January 5, 2021— HMB Legal Counsel (“HMB”) welcomes Sara E. O’Reilly as Chief Executive Officer of HMB. She is the first woman and first nonlawyer in this leadership role for the firm, succeeding Managing Partner, Jeffrey A. Hechtman. HMB is proud of its 45-year history, entrepreneurial spirit and forward-thinking attorneys. The decision to adopt a CEO model, to be…
Sara E. O'Reilly participated as a guest speaker and coach for the Oak Park and River Forest (OPRF) High School’s Business Incubator and Accelerator class. The “Shark Tank” style class is a part of Uncharted Learning’s Incubatoredu entrepreneurship program and offers an authentic entrepreneurship experience as students develop their own product or service startup. Entrepreneurs and business experts serve as…