For the 13th consecutive year, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP is pleased to announce its continued recognition by Chambers USA as a top-ranking law firm. With the release of the 2020 edition, the Real Estate Group – a cornerstone of the Firm since its founding – received its 13th Band 1 ranking, and the Financial Institutions Group was honored with a Nationwide Band 4 ranking. Financial Institutions Group co-chairs Robert M. Fleetwood and John E. Freechack were also mentioned as notable practitioners.

Chambers USA sources who offered remarks on the Firm said, “The quality of the service and the professionalism is exceptional. These people are trusted advisers upon whom we rely for both strategic as well as technical and legal solutions.” Another client made sure to mention they had “nothing but the highest comments to say,” noting they would “certainly recommend [Barack Ferrazzano] …they were astonishing…”

Chambers USA individually recognized the following attorneys in Illinois, many of whom have been named for several years:

  • William J. Barrett (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)
    Co-chair of the Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Group, Bill has 30+ years of experience handling virtually all manner of complex bankruptcy issues. Respected for his substantive command of bankruptcy law, Bill represents secured creditors, landlords, franchisors, suppliers, avoidance action defendants, and asset purchasers in Chapter 11 cases and other insolvency proceedings. One interviewee describes him as "very prompt, attentive, and persuasive."
  • Mark J. Beaubien (Real Estate)
    With 20+ years of experience, Mark focuses on providing clients with practical solutions and strategic direction regarding commercial acquisitions and dispositions, and joint ventures for publicly-traded REITs. He handles a wide gamut of real estate transactions including recent work on asset acquisitions and real estate finance. Sources say, "he is very knowledgeable and able to communicate appropriate knowledge to the client to allow for smart decisions."
  • Suzanne Bessette-Smith (Real Estate)
    Co-chair of the Real Estate Group, Suzanne concentrates her practice on commercial real estate and related corporate, securities, and business planning matters with an emphasis on the industrial, hospitality and office sectors, as well as REITs. Throughout her 35+ legal career, Suzanne has been lauded by clients and peers for her business acumen and industry knowledge, described by a source as a "very talented, smart and accomplished lawyer," while another says, "she is technically excellent."
  • Dennis A. Ferrazzano (Real Estate)
    Founding partner Dennis is highly regarded by both peers and clients for his tremendous knowledge in a broad array of real estate transactions. Throughout his 40+ year career, Dennis has represented clients in commercial real estate transactions, as well as corporate, securities, and business planning matters.
  • Howard J. Kirschbaum (Real Estate)
    Founding partner of the Firm and former co-chair of the Real Estate Group, Howard has nearly 40 years of experience in commercial real estate transactions, business planning matters, and real estate related litigation.

To view Barack Ferrazzano's 2020 Chambers USA results, visit: https://chambers.com/law-firm/barack-ferrazzano-kirschbaum-nagelberg-llp-usa-5:66923

About Chambers USA

Chambers USA, a Chambers & Partners publication, is the definitive resource for businesses seeking external legal counsel in the U.S. Chambers USA bases its rankings on the research into the strengths and reputations of law firms and individuals. Each year, a team of researchers conducts thousands of in-depth, confidential interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide. Chambers assesses the results and ranks law firms and lawyers according to the criteria most valued by clients. In a survey independent of Chambers, more than 50% of 20,000 in-house counsel around the world chose Chambers as the "go-to" source to identify law firms and lawyers.

To learn more, visit: https://chambers.com/research/methodology

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