Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg


200 West Madison Street, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60606

Telephone:+1 312 984 3100
Fax:+1 312 984 3150

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Who We Are
BFKN was founded in 1984 with a vision focused on delivering efficient, team-oriented services of the highest quality. The firm has continued to focus on this vision and has grown and evolved into a sophisticated, first-class legal practice with a diverse client roster of national and international clients. We’ve accomplished this by practicing law in a different way. Our strategic vision is to continue growing organically by helping our clients succeed, by constantly evaluating and implementing ways to better serve our clients, and by recruiting the highest caliber of diverse talent. Our growth has been steady and measured, and we’ve chartered our own unique path to success which is different than any other firm.

BFKN has more than 120 attorneys in ten practice groups. BFKN regularly serves a wide array of industries, but has particular experience serving: Luxury, Financial Services & Fintech, Manufacturing & Distribution, Motor Vehicle, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Real Estate.

BFKN represents a wide array of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations across all industries. Our clients are sophisticated and located across the globe, from the Midwest to the East and West coasts to Europe and Asia. Our firm is lucky to have nurtured several generational client relationships, where we have served as outside counsel to those clients for many decades and have grown with them through changes, challenges, and triumphs. We also have a mix of new generation clients that appreciate our creative and customized approach to representation.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
BFKN is committed to the establishment, maintenance, and growth of a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are respected and intentionally valued by implementing initiatives and programs that will foster collaboration and accountability. We strive to attract the most qualified professionals from all backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities and to create a rewarding and fulfilling environment in which our people feel valued and appreciated and can grow and advance their careers. BFKN’s DEI Committee oversees equitable reviews of the firm’s policies and procedures, its accreditation into and implementation of the Midsized Mansfield Rule program, diversity, equity, and inclusion training, and holistic recruiting procedures on an ongoing and forward-looking basis.

In 2023, BFKN retained the 2040 Strategy Group, a nationally recognized DEI consultancy, to help the firm grow and evolve in our DEI mission. So far, the 2040 Strategy Group team, led by their CEO Dr. Alvin Tillery, has performed a firmwide cultural assessment and worked with the committee and the firm on various initiatives, including curating and implementing a mandatory DEI training program for all attorneys, paralegals, and staff, which we believe is crucial to fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace for all employees.

BFKN is proud to have achieved Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification Plus in 2023. The Mansfield Rule, an initiative from Diversity Lab, measures the achievement of certain structural metrics designed to better ensure our paths to leadership – including lateral hiring, client pitch teams, promotions, and appointments – are open and transparent to all qualified attorneys. BFKN remains dedicated to broadening our networks for recruiting highly-qualified candidates from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Litigation Group
Our firm has assembled a group of highly skilled trial lawyers – seasoned partners and well-trained associates – who represent clients both forcefully and efficiently. Unlike some litigators, who spend years engaging in expensive discovery only to recommend settlement on the eve of trial, we are always ready to try cases when necessary, but strive to achieve business resolutions early and economically when appropriate.

BFKN is a mid-sized firm that handles many of our clients’ most significant matters. We take pride in our efficient approach to dispute resolution. Even for the biggest matters, our litigation teams are lean, typically comprised of experienced partners and small numbers of associates and paralegals who can manage large amounts of data by leveraging our in-house discovery technology. A litigation team is assembled for each assignment based on the skill and experience required for that engagement.

We represent a diverse group of businesses in resolving these disputes, ranging from the world’s largest luxury goods company to large financial institutions, major telecommunications service providers, REITs, motor vehicle manufacturers, hedge funds, law firms, and consumer goods companies.

Our litigators have extensive experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States, at both the trial and appellate levels. We understand that we are asked to help resolve business problems, and we recognize that a trial is only one potential solution.

Because our clients' success often rests on our ability to design thoughtful, cost-effective solutions to complex scenarios, a significant part of our time is focused on strategic counseling and alternative dispute resolution.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Members of our group are experienced in a broad range of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including mediations, binding and non-binding arbitrations, mini-trials, and settlement trials with floors and caps.

The Litigation Group also has extensive experience in strategic counseling designed to minimize the likelihood of litigation or reduce the exposure to litigation when potential problems arise. For engagements requiring a certain legal or industry focus, we assemble strong interdisciplinary teams designed to leverage the talents of attorneys in other practice areas. BFKN’s Litigation Group is often involved in complex corporate and real estate disputes that benefit from the comprehensive experience of our corporate, real estate, and bankruptcy attorneys. Such a cross-functional approach has proved successful in resolving controversies ranging from dissenting shareholders' rights disputes to take-over litigation.

  • Antitrust & Commercial Competition
  • Biometric Information Privacy
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • White Collar Defense & Regulatory Enforcement

In recent years, BFKN has received the following recognitions:

  • Shortlisted for Illinois Litigation Firm of the Year, Benchmark Litigation (2022-2024)
  • Named, Highly Recommended Firm Illinois, Benchmark Litigation (2018-2024)
  • Top Ranked Firm, Chambers USA (2003-2024)
  • Ranked #1 Midsize Law Firm in Chicago, Vault (2022-2024)
  • Ranked Top 150 Under 150, Vault (2016-2024)
  • 46 Attorneys Named, The Best Lawyers in America© (2024)
  • 21 Attorneys Named, Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars (2024)
  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers in America© “Best Law Firms” (2024)

    Updated May 2024