Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg


Head Office Address:
200 West Madison Street, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60606
United States

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

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Who We Are: 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. The high levels of internal flexibility and extraordinary talent within Barack Ferrazzano allow its attorneys to craft unusually practical and economical solutions to match client challenges and needs. In doing so, the Firm successfully serves large multi-national corporations in all manner of complex, time-sensitive, and high-stakes transactions and matters.

Barack Ferrazzano’s business model is predicated upon having a deep understanding of its clients’ businesses and the development of long-lasting relationships, which yield great efficiencies. Its lawyer retention rate is extremely high, with very few attorneys or paralegals leaving to pursue legal careers at other law firms. As a result, Barack Ferrazzano is able to provide a consistent team of professionals, enhancing client relationships and allowing its attorneys to become increasingly cost-efficient in addressing clients’ legal needs. Barack Ferrazzano’s reputation is based on its people and the results they achieve.

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.

Diversity & Inclusion:
Barack Ferrazzano has a strong history of promoting diversity and inclusion within the Firm. The Firm actively recruits talented professionals and staff based on commitment to personal and professional excellence, and welcomes people of different backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment to diversity and fostering of a welcoming culture attracts the most qualified candidates and creates a rewarding and fulfilling environment for not just the Firm, but for clients as well.

With 30+ attorneys, Barack Ferrazzano’s Litigation Group has been selected by some of the world’s most prominent companies for representation in their most significant lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Seasoned partners and well-trained associates have managed thousands of disputes concerning:

  • Bank Regulatory & Other Financial-Related Matters
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
  • Civil RICO & Conspiracy Actions
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Contracts
  • Data Privacy
  • Director & Officer Matters
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Motor Vehicle Franchises
  • Negligence & Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Securities & Derivative Securities
  • Trade Secrets 

Barack Ferrazzano’s Litigation Group represents clients both forcefully and efficiently, always ready to try cases when necessary, and prepared to resolve early and economically when appropriate. Because the focus is providing clients with thoughtfully designed, cost-effective solutions to complex scenarios, the group is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and strategic counseling.

Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Litigation Group attorneys 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. Many members of the group also serve as arbitrators and mediators.

The Firm’s 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. Litigation Group attorneys are often involved in complex corporate and real estate disputes that benefit from the comprehensive experience of our corporate, real estate, and bankruptcy attorneys. Complex disputes are approached with strong interdisciplinary teams, assembled based on the skill and style required for each engagement. Results of this cross-functional approach have proven successful in resolving controversies ranging from dissenting shareholders’ rights disputes to take-over litigation.

In recent years, Barack Ferrazzano has received the following recognitions:


  • Ranked #1 Midsize Law Firm in Chicago, Vault (2022)
  • Top 150 Under 150, Vault (2016-2022)
  • Top Ranked Firm, Chambers USA (2007-2021)
  • 35 Attorneys Named, The Best Lawyers in America© (2022)
    ▪ 25 Best Lawyers in America 
    ▪ 10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Wat
  • 20 Attorneys Named, Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars (2021)
    ▪ 13 Super Lawyers
    ▪ 7 Rising Stars
  • Recognized In U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” (2021)
    ▪ 9 National & 11 Metropolitan Rankings in 2021
  • Named Highly Recommended Firm Illinois, Benchmark Litigation (2021)
  • 29 Attorneys Recognized, Leading Lawyers Network, Law Bulletin Media (2021)
    ▪ 25 Leading Lawyers
    Emerging Lawyers 
  • #1 Legal Advisor Midwest & #2 Legal Advisor in the U.S. the last five years 
    By announced bank & thrift M&A transactions, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence (2016-2021)
  • #1 Legal Advisor Midwest & #4 Legal Advisor in the U.S. the last decade 
    By announced bank & thrift M&A transactions, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence (2011-2021)
  • Pro Bono Recognition Roster, Public Interest Law Initiative (2010, 2012-2013, 2016-2017, 2019-2020)
  • 2019 Illinois Powerhouse, “Illinois Powerhouses Sprout National Clout from Chicago Roots,” Law360 (2019)


Updated Aug 2021