Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP ("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 but 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.

Our Clients

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.

Our People

The firm recruits the best and brightest attorneys, many from elite law schools and laterals from other highly regarded law firms who also “want to do things differently.” Through hands-on, organic training and client-facing opportunities early on, BFKN drives its attorneys to not only develop and bolster their legal skills, but to understand their clients’ businesses and industries at a core level. Through these experiences, our attorneys gain knowledge of their clients that allows them to grasp the significance of the work they are doing, to understand the businesses they are serving, and to add true value to the matters on which they work. We promote a lean, collaborative, and entrepreneurial business focused working style. All these benefits combined make BFKN a great place for our attorneys to work and grow their careers.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion ("DEI")

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.

Our firm-wide DEI committee is co-chaired by two diverse attorneys, Daniel L. Dominguez and Maile Hitomi Solís. The committee currently consists of over 20 attorneys across all levels and areas of practice, with over 85% of the committee identifying in one or more EEOC-defined diverse groups. The committee continues to grow and welcome new members. BFKN’s DEI Committee meets regularly and is constantly looking at new initiatives and ways they can be implemented firmwide.

Main Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights
  • Compensation & Employment
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Luxury
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Real Estate
  • Tax & Business Planning

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Management & Demographics
Management & Personnel
Co-Managing Partner
Co-Managing Partner
Nathan Q. Rugg
Chair - Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights
Andrew K. Strimaitis
Chair - Compensation & Employment
James R. Whitney
Chair - Corporate & Securities
Robert M. Fleetwood
Co-Chair - Financial Institutions
John E. Freechack
Co-Chair - Financial Institutions
Scott J. Slavick
Co-Chair - Intellectual Property
Wendi E. Sloane
Co-Chair - Intellectual Property
Matthew A. Bills
Co-Chair - Litigation
Maile Hitomi Solís
Co-Chair - Litigation
Daniel L. Dominguez
Chair - Luxury
Sarah M. Bernstein
Co-Chair - Motor Vehicle
Owen H. Smith
Co-Chair - Motor Vehicle
Suzanne Bessette-Smith
Co-Chair - Real Estate
Jeremy T. Bunnow
Co-Chair - Real Estate
Richard S. Nikchevich
Co-Chair - Real Estate
Michael J. Towne
Chair - Tax & Business Planning

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  • Advertising Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • FinTech Practice
  • Food and Beverage Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Labor and Employment Law - Employee
  • Labor and Employment Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leisure and Hospitality Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Patent Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Regulatory
  • Reinsurance Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Transactions
  • Transportation Law
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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