Barack Ferrazzano is proud to be recognized in the 25th edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® in America “Best Law Firms” rankings. Many of the Firm’s practices have been acknowledged on both national and local levels, with four practice groups improving from last year’s edition. We are proud to announce the 1st national ranking of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Corporate Law; the first regional ranking of Commercial Litigation; and the rise of Litigation - Real Estate from tier two to tier one at the national level.

The Firm is proud to be selected in the following areas:


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

Metropolitan Chicago

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

Barack Ferrazzano congratulates 13 partners named to the 25th edition of U.S. News - The Best Lawyers in America© in Chicago for 2019. The Best Lawyers list includes a "Lawyer of the Year" recognition as well as those who have been recognized for more than a decade (in bold).

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

Lawyer of the Year - Chicago

  • Howard J. Kirschbaum - Litigation - Real Estate
    (Previously received this honor in 2014)

Banking and Finance Law

  • John E. Freechack
  • Dennis R. Wendte

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

  • William J. Barrett

Commercial Litigation

  • Edward F. Malone

Corporate Law

  • Peter J. Barack

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

  • Donald L. Norman

Financial Services Regulation Law

  • John E. Freechack

Franchise Law

  • Sarah M. Bernstein
  • Lloyd "Buddy" Ferguson

Litigation - Real Estate

  • Howard J. Kirschbaum

Real Estate Law

  • Mark J. Beaubien
  • Suzanne Bessette-Smith
  • Jeremy T. Bunnow
  • Dennis A. Ferrazzano
  • Howard J. Kirschbaum

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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