Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP has been recognized by U.S. News & Best Lawyers® 2017, and was named in its "Best Law Firms" report. Several of our practices were recognized in both Chicago and on a National level, including recognition in the Franchise Law area for the first time, in both the metropolitan and National levels. We are proud to be recognized in the following areas:


    Banking and Finance Law (Tier 3)
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Tier 2)
    Corporate Law (Tier 2)
    Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 1)
    Franchise Law (Tier 1)
    Litigation - Real Estate (Tier 1)
    Real Estate Law (Tier 1)


    Banking and Finance Law (Tier 3)
    Financial Services Regulation Law (Tier 2)
    Franchise Law (Tier 2)
    Litigation - Real Estate (Tier 2)
    Real Estate Law (Tier 2)

Best Lawyers 2017 List

Twelve of Barack Ferrazzano's attorneys were selected by their peers to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 list. For 2017, the Best Lawyers® list includes two attorneys (*) who are new selections to the list, in addition to others who have been recognized for more than a decade (in bold).

We congratulate the following partners on being recognized by their peers:

Banking and Finance Law

    John E. Freechack
    Dennis R. Wendte*

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reogranization Law

    William J. Barrett

Corporate Law

    Peter J. Barack

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

    Donald L. Norman*

Financial Services Regulation Law

    John E. Freechack

Franchise Law

    Sarah M. Bernstein
    Randall L. Oyler

Litigation - Real Estate

    Howard J. Kirschbaum

Real Estate Law

    Mark J. Beaubien
    Suzanne Bessette-Smith
    Dennis A. Ferrazzano
    Howard J. Kirschbaum
    Howard A. Nagelberg

About U.S.News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  The annual list is a guide to the country's top attorneys and represents those most nominated and voted on by their peers in 79 specialty areas of law.  The U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a vigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.

For more information about U.S.News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" and its methodology, click here.

About Barack Ferrazzano

Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP was founded in 1984, with the vision to create a new model that departed from the standard "mega-firm" approach and, instead, focused on delivering efficient, team-oriented services of the highest quality.  Our founding partners - two highly respected law professors at Northwestern University and two former members of a prominent Chicago firm - were soon joined by like-minded colleagues, and we have grown steadily ever since.  The high levels of internal flexibility and extraordinary talent within our organization allow us to craft unusually practical and economical solutions to match client challenges and needs.  This business-oriented approach has led many clients to engage Barack Ferrazzano to handle complex, time-sensitive, and high-stakes matters.

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