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Larah Kent Tannenbaum


Larah is an associate in the Firm's Litigation and Motor Vehicle Groups.

Larah represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in franchise-related disputes, covering a variety of areas ranging from defense of nationwide dealer incentive programs and e-commerce initiatives, to dealership establishments, relocations, transfers, and terminations.  A significant part of Larah’s practice involves counseling clients both on large-scale dealer network initiatives—such as the introduction of new standards and policies, the development and operation of dealer improvement programs, and the implementation of incentive programs—as well as on practical methods for approaching and resolving individual dealer issues.

Larah regularly practices in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies across the country.  Her practice also often involves representing clients in various forms of both formal and informal alternative dispute resolution processes.  Larah also currently provides pro bono legal assistance to people seeking asylum and in other immigration matters.

During law school, Larah served as an intern to U.S. District Court Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. of the Northern District of Illinois and a research assistant for Professor Martin Redish. She also was a teaching assistant for Northwestern Law's legal writing course and represented clients through her participation in its Complex Civil Litigation Clinic.

Prior to attending law school, Larah worked for two years as a legal assistant in the White Collar Crime Practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.  Larah studied Art Theory & Practice and Economics for her undergraduate degree.  She studied abroad in Croatia and is proficient in Spanish and French.

Larah joined the Firm in 2011, after first serving as a Summer Associate during law school.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

Northwestern University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
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