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Shermin Kruse

Partner

Shermin concentrates her practice on strategy development and implementation in complex and bet-the-company contractual, intellectual property, fraud and employment litigation related disputes for a variety of domestic and international corporations. Shermin’s practice extends to federal, state and appellate courts throughout the country. 

In addition, she served as an active corporate partner of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), where she advised women business owners on every aspect of their business, and was a commentator on NPR on foreign policy issues. Shermin works with a number of non-profit entities on a pro bono basis in both civil and criminal cases, and received an award for her pro bono efforts by Illinois Legal Aid Online. She serves on several non-profit boards, and has formed her own non-profit entities.

An avid writer, Shermin is a contributor for 'The World Post' section of The Huffington Post. She served as a columnist for Chicago Lawyer magazine for several years, advising attorneys on ways to succeed in a law firm environment while balancing their personal lives. She is the co-author of the 2006, 2008 and 2013 editions of the Contract Law Handbook, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She also has creative writing pieces published in several national anthologies. In May 2014, Shermin's first novel Butterfly Stitching was published and is now available on Amazon.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Selected, 2016 Women of Influence, Chicago Business Journal (2016)
  • Former Corporate Partner, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) (2008)
  • Named, "Pro Bono Attorney of the Month," Illinois Legal Aid Online (May 2008)
  • Editor & Contributor, Dicta, Michigan Law School Literary Journal (2001)
  • Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2001)

Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Director, ACLU of Illinois (2016–Present)
  • Director, Heshima Kenya (2015-Present)
  • Co-founder & Director, Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange (October 2008–Present)
  • Former Director, Lincoln Park Community Shelter

Articles & Publications

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002

University of Toronto, B.S., honors degree, 1999

Candidate, Masters in Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 7th Circuit

Representative Clients

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