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Firm Profile

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 200 West Madison Street
  • Suite 3900
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606

Firm profile submitted by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

Senior Partners: Peter Barack, Dennis Ferrazzano, Howard Kirschbaum, Howard Nagelberg
Number of partners: 89
Number of lawyers: 125
Languages:English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Yoruba

Founded in 1984 as an alternative to the traditional large law firm, Barack Ferrazzano aims to provide extraordinary service in a wide range of industries for each of our core practice areas. Without the overhead of large, multi-office firms, the firm has the flexibility to serve its clients in a global capacity — when, where and how they need Barack Ferrazzano. In doing so, the firm serves large multi-national corporations, in all manner of legal transactions and matters.

International Work:
Since its founding 30+ years ago, Barack Ferrazzano has been a strategic legal business partner to some of the most respected and iconic companies around the world.

Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights:

Lawyers represent clients in a variety of industries encompassing all aspects of business reorganizations and bankruptcies, including secured creditor stay relief, cash collateral and plan issues, sales under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and bankruptcy litigation.
Practice Chair: William Barrett

Compensation & Employment:
In addition to advising executives and boards of directors on complex compensation, employment and benefit matters for public and private entities, lawyers have significant experience representing clients before various regulatory bodies, including the IRS, DOL, EEOC, PBGC and bank regulatory agencies.
Practice Chair: Donald Norman

Corporate & Securities:
With a 40+ lawyer team, the firm represents public and privately held domestic and international companies, as well as investors and boards of directors, in a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters, in an array of industries including financial institutions, luxury goods, retailing, manufacturing, motor vehicle, transportation, wine and spirits, energy and high technology.
Practice Chair: Daniel Dominguez

Lawyers supply environmental experience in transactions, litigation, mediation and compliance counseling. Given the complex nature of environmental disputes, lawyers provide multi-faceted analysis, considering social, technical and political factors in matters.
Practice Chair: Raymond Reott

Fashion, Luxury & Retail:
The firm has been representing luxury companies from around the world for decades. Lawyers bring deep understanding and experience in advising its clients regarding the unique legal and business issues affecting luxury companies. Luxury clients span industries, including fashion and accessories, wines and spirits, cosmetics, fragrance and skincare, watches and jewelry, motor vehicle and hospitality.
Practice Chair: Daniel Dominguez

Financial Institutions:
The firm’s 30+ lawyer financial institutions group represents more than 250 +financial institutions, addressing the entire spectrum of industry-related legal issues. Lawyers formulate creative solutions, emphasizing relationships, service and stability. The group is consistently ranked as a top law firm in bank mergers and regulatory issues.
Practice Co-Chair: John Freechack
Practice Co-Chair: Robert Fleetwood

Intellectual Property:
Lawyers have extensive experience in all facets of IP practice and understand the value of trademarks, copyrights, design patents and trade secrets, and how best to select, use and protect these valuable assets, with clients that include some of the world’s most well-known brands.
Practice Chair: Wendi Sloane

The firm’s 30+ attorney litigation group is selected by international companies for representation in their most significant lawsuits in US federal and state courts. Trial lawyers handle disputes concerning contracts, motor vehicle franchises, trade secrets, licensing, consumer class actions, real estate, professional liability, civil RICO and conspiracy actions, D&O matters, negligence and product liability, bankruptcy, securities, and bank regulatory and other financial disputes.
Practice Co-Chair: Scott Porterfield
Practice Co-Chair: Roger Stetson

Motor Vehicle:
Lawyers work with domestic and international motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors with respect to a large variety of commercial matters, including dealer network development, distribution, commercial contracting, standards and policies, and IP matters. The group provides counseling, litigation, and transactional services. Practice Co-Chair: James Vogler
Practice Co-Chair: Randall Oyler
Practice Co-Chair: Sarah Bernstein

Real Estate:
A cornerstone of the firm since its founding, this group consistently is recognized as one of the premier real estate practices in the country. Lawyers have extensive experience encompassing virtually every facet of real estate matters.
Practice Co-Chair: Suzanne Bessette-Smith
Practice Co-Chair: Jeremy Bunnow
Practice Co-Chair: Richard Nikchevich

Tax & Business Planning:
Lawyers are highly skilled in identifying creative tax solutions for complex problems arising in the areas of domestic planning, international tax matters and federal tax controversy matters in all sectors of the US and foreign economies, for the benefit of businesses and individuals– large or small–regardless of how owned.
Practice Chair: Lance Rodgers

White Collar Defense & Regulatory Enforcement:
Protecting a client from criminal indictment or civil regulatory charges – and mitigating the damage that typically results from such charges – is the firm’s goal from the outset of every criminal or regulatory investigation. Lawyers assess the facts and identify the client’s potential exposure as quickly as possible to develop a strategy that best serves the client’s interests and desired outcome.
Practice Chair: Edward Malone


  • 200 West Madison Street,
  • Suite 3900,
  • Chicago,
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60606
  • Tel +1 312 984 3100
  • Fax +1 312 984 3150
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