Our History

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 and 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 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.

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