Current View:

This content is provided by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.

Senior Partners: Peter J Barack, Dennis A Ferrazzano, Howard J Kirschbaum
Number of partners: 85
Number of lawyers: 114
Languages: English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu, Yoruba

Firm Overview:
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 core practice area. Without the overhead of large, multi-national “BigLaw” firms, the firm has the flexibility to serve its clients in a global capacity — when, where, and how they need it — in all manner of legal transactions and matters.

International Work:
Since its founding 35+ years ago, Barack Ferrazzano has been a strategic legal business partner to some of the most respected and iconic companies around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights:
Representing clients in 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.
Chair: Nathan Q Rugg

Compensation & Employment:
Advising executives and boards on complex compensation, employment, and benefit matters for public and private entities, and representing clients before various regulatory bodies, including the IRS, DOL, EEOC, PBGC, and bank regulatory agencies.
Co-Chairs: Lynne D Mapes-Riordan; Andrew K Strimaitis

Corporate & Securities:
Representing public and privately held domestic and international companies, investors, and boards in various corporate and securities law matters involving financial institutions, luxury goods, retailing, manufacturing, transportation, wine and spirits, energy, and high technology.
Chair: Daniel L Dominguez

Cybersecurity, Privacy & Technology:
Providing management and boards with comprehensive advice on addressing issues surrounding data collection, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies.
Chair: Karyn L Doerfler

Delivering multi-faceted analysis of complex environmental disputes considering social, technical, and political factors with environmental experience in transactions, litigation, mediation, and compliance counseling.
Chair: Raymond T Reott

Fashion, Luxury & Retail:
Advising clients regarding the unique legal and business issues affecting luxury companies with in-depth knowledge gained from decades of representing top luxury companies worldwide.
Chair: Daniel L Dominguez

Financial Institutions:
Representing 250+ financial institutions addressing the entire spectrum of industry-related legal issues, formulating creative solutions, emphasizing relationships, service, and stability. Consistently ranked as a top law firm in bank mergers and regulatory issues.
Co-Chairs: Robert M Fleetwood; John E Freechack

Insurance Coverage:
Extensively collaborating with policyholders and diverse businesses through counseling and litigation to identify opportunities, minimize risk, and maximize recovery for optimal results in all aspects of insurance coverage matters.
Chair: Matthew A Bills

Intellectual Property:
Counseling some of the world’s most well-known brands in all areas of IP with an in-depth understanding of the value of trademarks, copyrights, design patents, and trade secrets, and how best to select, use, and protect these valuable assets.
Co-Chairs: Scott J Slavick; Wendi E Sloane

Handling 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 for international companies’ significant lawsuits in U.S. federal and state courts.
Co-Chairs: W Scott Porterfield; Roger H Stetson

Manufacturing, Distribution & Franchising:
Providing practical solutions for manufacturers and energy companies dependent on dealer and supplier networks to sell and market their products, among the most experienced and diverse practices with 100+ combined years of industry knowledge and supply chain representation.
Co-Chairs: Alexander Lourie; Roger H Stetson

Motor Vehicle:
Providing counseling, litigation, and transactional services to domestic and international motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors regarding various commercial matters, including dealer network development, distribution, commercial contracting, standards and policies, and IP matters.
Co-Chairs: Sarah M Bernstein; James R Vogler

Real Estate:
Delivering extensive experience encompassing virtually every facet of real estate matters, consistently recognized as one of the premier practices in the country and a cornerstone of the firm since its founding.
Co-Chairs: Suzanne Bessette-Smith; Jeremy T Bunnow; Richard S Nikchevich

Tax & Business Planning:
Identifying creative tax solutions for complex problems regarding domestic planning, international tax matters, and federal tax controversy matters in all sectors of the U.S. and foreign economies.
Co-Chairs: Lance R Rodgers; Michael J Towne

White Collar Defense & Regulatory Enforcement:
Assessing facts and swiftly identifying the client’s potential exposure to develop a strategy best serving the client’s interests and desired outcome focused on protecting clients from criminal indictment or civil regulatory charges and mitigating the potential damage.
Chair: Edward F Malone