BFKN congratulates the 35 attorneys named by Best Lawyers in 2022. In a record year, the Firm’s acknowledgement includes 25 partners named in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and 10 attorneys (2 partners & 8 associates) named in the 2nd edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. The Ones to Watch list recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Its 28th publication highlights the top 6% of private practicing attorneys in the United States based on more than 13 million evaluations, recognizing just over 67,000 attorneys. Partners of the Firm who have been selected for more than a decade are:

  • Suzanne Bessette-Smith - Real Estate Law
  • Dennis A. Ferrazzano - Real Estate Law
  • John E. Freechack - Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Howard J. Kirschbaum - Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • Lloyd "Buddy" E. Ferguson - Franchise Law

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

2022 Best Lawyers - Chicago, IL

  • Peter J. Barack - Corporate Law
  • William J. Barrett - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Mark J. Beaubien - Real Estate Law
  • Sarah M. Bernstein - Franchise Law
  • Matthew A. Bills - Insurance Law
  • Jeremy T. Bunnow - Real Estate Law
  • Brett A. Feinberg - Real Estate Law
  • Robert M. Fleetwood - Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Alexander Lourie - Corporate Law
  • Joshua W. Mahoney - Commercial Litigation
  • Edward F. Malone - Commercial Litigation
  • Donald L. Norman, Jr. - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Charles E. Picton - Real Estate Law
  • Julie K. Rademaker - Real Estate Law
  • Nathan Q. Rugg - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Maile H. Solís - Commercial Litigation; Franchise Law
  • James R. Vogler - Franchise Law
  • Dennis R. Wendte - Banking and Finance Law
  • Thomas M. Williams - Advertising Law
  • Steven J. Yatvin - Franchise Law

2022 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch - Chicago, IL 

  • Michael Educate - Commercial Litigation
  • Katherine Fritzi Getz - Corporate Law; Securities Regulation
  • Andrew J. Gordon - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Kaitlyn E. Kelly - Corporate Law
  • Alice Lin - Real Estate Law
  • Ashley B. Mahoney - Real Estate Law
  • Michael J. B. Pitt - Commercial Litigation
  • Carrie Sear Rummans - Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Kelsey D. Shulan - Real Estate Law
  • Ryan V. Smith - Real Estate Law

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About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers has become the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, universally regarded as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. The annual Best Lawyers in America list is a guide to the country’s top attorneys and represents those most nominated and voted on by their peers in specialty areas of law. Rankings are rated 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. Best Lawyers peer-reviewed listings are now published in almost 75 countries around the world.

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