BFKN is proud to announce Crain’s Chicago – a top source of news, analysis and information on business in metropolitan Chicago for decision-makers in the private and public sectors – has recognized partners Allison Powers and Jack Snyder as 2021 Rising Stars in Law. Allison and Jack are 2 of only 74 attorneys in Chicago recognized for making an impact in all corners of their profession.

We are thrilled that two of our deserving partners have been recognized as Crain's 2021 Rising Stars in Law. Allison and Jack drive each of us to raise our level of client and community service every day and I am personally proud to work alongside them. Roger H. Stetson, Chair, Litigation Group

Allison Powers defends employers against class and single-plaintiff claims of discrimination and harassment in lawsuits and in enforcement agency actions under federal and state laws. She joined Barack Ferrazzano’s business litigation, employment and compensation and its luxury, fashion and retail practices in September 2020, charged with expanding the firm’s labor and employment law capabilities. She serves on the firm’s DEI and Business Development committees and on several special committees in her role as firm counsel. Powers’ pro bono practice includes representing immigrants seeking asylum and other relief under immigration laws, veterans seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and branches of the armed forces, and first-time homebuyers formerly housed in Chicago Housing Authority units.

As a partner in the firm’s litigation and motor vehicle practices, Jack Snyder is a first-chair trial lawyer who also advises clients on regulatory compliance, commercial contracts and product distribution strategies in multiple industries. He was a key member of the team that secured dismissal of all claims against a firm client in a multibillion-dollar nationwide lawsuit arising out of the Chicago Tribune’s leveraged buyout. When COVID-related business issues emerged in early 2020, he pivoted to the ensuing landlord-tenant disputes. Snyder was also a leading member of the team that built the firm’s database of COVID-related analysis and public orders for use as a resource throughout the pandemic.

To view the full Crain's 2021 Rising Stars in Law list, visit: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/awards/crains-2021-rising-stars-law 

Crain’s Rising Stars Methodology

These rising stars are active in their firms' governance. Many are involved in efforts to expand diversity and inclusion and are adding more women and people of color to their teams. They mentor younger lawyers. And they tackle pro bono projects, from defending wrongly accused prisoners to helping immigrants gain asylum. They're certain to make even more of a mark in the years to come. The rising stars featured did not pay to be included. These honorees have been partners for five years or less and have demonstrated an impact at their firm and in the community. Letters of recommendation were required.

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