Crain's 2021 Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law – Crain's Chicago Business

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The nearly 100 members of this group of Gen X Notables are at the peak of their careers, managing offices, chairing legal groups or running their own lucrative practices. The attorneys run the range of specialties, from capital markets to affordable housing. There are M&A lawyers leading megadeals and those shepherding transactions to build affordable housing. Some are pioneering young practice areas such as cannabis or niche real estate areas like tech incubators.
With the pandemic, these professionals quickly adapted to working virtually and navigated clients through new regulations and protocols. Labor and employment specialists counseled on modified work rules and labor shortages. With the reckoning on racial injustice, many led stepped-up initiatives on diversity and inclusion.
These professionals are generous in providing time to pro bono cases, such as advising clients seeking help in immigration or gaining political asylum. Their civic work runs from serving on the boards of top cultural institutions to supporting anti-poverty organizations on the South and West sides. They are sure to continue their influence for many years.
—Judith Crown and Lisa Bertagnoli
METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the nomination materials. This list features only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by our editorial team. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in the Chicago area and be part of Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980. They must have shown the ability or power to effect change and have assumed a leadership position outside their organization.
Chicago managing member
McDonald Hopkins
Partner
BatesCarey
Deputy Chicago office managing partner
Latham & Watkins
Partner
Reed Smith
Managing partner
Levin & Perconti
Founding Partner
Cooley
Chief futurist and managing director
Deloitte Consulting
Partner
Jenner & Block
Partner
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw
Chicago office managing partner
Latham & Watkins
Partner
Thompson Hine
Partner
Levin & Perconti
Partner
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
Chicago office managing partner
Barnes & Thornburg
Partner
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila
Chair, real estate practice
Gould & Ratner
Principal
Chuhak & Tecson
Principal
Chuhak & Tecson
Partner
DLA Piper
Chicago office managing partner
Michelman & Robinson
Managing partner
Romanucci & Blandin
Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Partner
Freeborn & Peters
Partner
Barnes & Thornburg
Chicago office managing partner
McGuireWoods
Partner
Freeborn & Peters
Partner
Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Partner
Sidley Austin
Founding partner
Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres
Chicago office managing partner
King & Spalding
Partner, mergers and acquisitions practice
Latham & Watkins
Partner
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Co-founder
Buckley Fine
Partner
Manning Gross + Massenburg
Executive managing director
Riveron
Member
Cozen O’Connor
Managing partner
Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Member
Cozen O'Connor
Chicago office managing partner
Cozen O'Connor
Managing partner
Laner Muchin
Partner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Shareholder
Polsinelli
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis
Litigation and enforcement partner
Ropes & Gray
Partner
Levenfeld Pearlstein
Partner
CohnReznick
Partner
Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen
Principal
Much Shelist
Partner
Sidley Austin
Vice chair, executive committee; Partner and deputy general counsel
Locke Lord
Managing member of Chicago office; Global co-chair of litigation practice group
Clark Hill
Partner
Michael Best & Friedrich
Co-founding partner
DiCello Levitt Gutzler
Managing partner
Corboy & Demetrio
Chair of Antitrust, Trade & Commercial Litigation Department
McGuireWoods
Shareholder
Chuhak & Tecson
Managing partner, Chicago office
K&L Gates
Partner
K&L Gates
Managing partner
Michael Best & Friedrich
Partner
K&L Gates
Principal
Goldberg Kohn
Member
Dykema Gossett
Member
Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa
Partner
BatesCarey
Shareholder and firm president
Foran Glennon
Partner
Deloitte
Principal shareholder and president
Banner Witcoff
Chicago managing partner and partner, asset management group
Ropes & Gray
Senior partner
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck
Partner
Barnes & Thornburg
Chicago office managing partner
Locke Lord
Partner and co-chair, legal profession team
Holland & Knight
Partner
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Partner
Swanson Martin & Bell
Managing partner
Much Shelist
Partner
Greenspoon Marder
Partner
Jenner & Block
Partner
Sidley Austin
Partner
Swanson Martin & Bell
Partner
Benesch
Partner
Katten
Partner
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg
Partner
Levenfeld Pearlstein
Partner
Hinshaw & Culbertson
National managing partner
Grant Thornton
President
McAndrews Held & Malloy
Managing partner
Golan Christie Taglia
Partner
Neal Gerber Eisenberg
Principal
Deloitte Consulting
Partner
Manning Gross + Massenburg
Partner
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Member
Clark Hill
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
Partner
Locke Lord
Partner
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Partner
Levenfeld Pearlstein
Partner
Katten Muchin Rosenman
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