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Larah Kent Tannenbaum


Larah is an associate in the Firm's Motor Vehicle and Corporate & Securities Groups. She represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in a variety of franchise-related transactions and contractual matters covering a variety of areas ranging from nationwide initiatives to dealership establishments, relocations, transfers, and terminations.

Larah’s experience within the industry enables her to develop creative strategies for handling complex transactions to achieve client goals while minimizing any risks presented within the wide-ranging regulatory framework of the motor vehicle industry. A significant part of Larah’s practice involves counseling clients both on large-scale dealer network initiatives—such as the introduction of new standards and policies, the development and operation of dealer improvement programs, and the implementation of incentive programs and e-commerce initiatives—as well as on practical methods for approaching and resolving individual dealer and complex market issues. Larah also regularly counsels clients on market representation strategies and the introduction of new initiatives and programs that aim to capitalize on the rapidly changing automotive market landscape.

Larah’s experience with litigation is key to minimizing the risks that may arise on the contractual side of cases. As a litigator, Larah possesses years of experience on how to navigate the hazards a matter may present, aiding her to proactively address such risks in her transactional and counseling work. Larah regularly represents clients in various forms of both formal and informal alternative dispute resolution processes. She also currently provides pro bono legal assistance to people seeking asylum and in other immigration matters.

During law school, Larah served as an intern to U.S. District Court Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. of the Northern District of Illinois and a research assistant for Professor Martin Redish. She also was a teaching assistant for Northwestern Law's legal writing course and represented clients through her participation in its Complex Civil Litigation Clinic.

Prior to attending law school, Larah worked for two years as a legal assistant in the White Collar Crime Practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. Larah studied Art Theory & Practice and Economics for her undergraduate degree. She studied abroad in Croatia.

Larah joined the Firm in 2011, after first serving as a Summer Associate during law school.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

Northwestern University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
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