In Chicago in 1984, our founding partners – two highly respected law professors at Northwestern University and two former members of a prominent Chicago firm – founded BFKN. They were soon joined by like-minded colleagues also seeking an alternative to the large law firm environment. The firm has continued to be centered around the founders’ vision but has grown and evolved into a sophisticated, first-class legal practice with a diverse client roster of national and international clients.
BFKN has developed into a world class law firm, not through mergers and acquisitions but through good, old-fashioned hard work, attention to client wants and needs, and a collegial and entrepreneurial culture. At the same time, our attorneys appreciate the ability to have the work life balance they could not find at a large law firm.
Today, BFKN has more than 120 attorneys in ten practice groups, with eight of those groups having anywhere between three and six sub-groups. BFKN regularly serves a wide array of industries, but has particular experience serving: Luxury, Financial Services & Fintech, Manufacturing & Distribution, Motor Vehicle, Private Equity & Venture Capital, and Real Estate.
BFKN’s culture is one of respect and caring – not only for our clients, but for each other. The atmosphere in the office is one of congeniality coupled with a lean, collaborative and entrepreneurial business-focused working style. And, it helps that there is a casual dress policy and no shortage of opportunities to get together with our colleagues. These are a few examples that show why BFKN is a great place to grow one’s career.