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Meet Our Platinum Sponsors

Schiff Hardin

Schiff Hardin LLP is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world. We have offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Our attorneys are strong advocates and trusted adviser—roles that contribute to many lasting client relationships.

Schiff Hardin has strong capabilities in most legal disciplines and a total dedication to client service. We have helped shape the law in a number of cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and state appellate courts, including landmark decisions in the fields of utility rate jurisdiction, intellectual property, product liability, animal law, class actions and many other areas.

Commitment to Work-Life Balance

At Schiff Hardin, we believe that people are most effective when their work and personal lives are in harmony. We put that ideal into practice with benefits and policies like:

  • Health care benefits to same-sex domestic partners
  • Flexible, part-time arrangements for lawyers, along with maternity and parental leave programs
  • A parenting group for attorneys to help working parents within the firm network with one another, share referrals and discuss parenting-related issues
  • A leave-of-absence policy that includes attorneys and staff who are the primary caregivers for the adoption of a child
  • Alternative partnership tracks that support attorneys who choose a reduced work-load commitment

To learn more, please visit http://www.schiffhardin.com/Careers-Law_Students-Work-Life_Balance.htm.

Women Attorneys at Schiff Hardin 

Established in 1998, the Schiff Hardin Women's Networking Group (WNG) welcomes all women attorneys at our firm, from the newest of associates to our most senior women partners, as well as women clients and friends of our firm to participate in mentoring and networking activities.

In addition to in-house mentoring activities, the WNG often hosts seminars and networking events designed to serve the needs of the increasing number of women professionals among our client base. 

To learn more, please visit http://www.schiffhardin.com/Womens_Networking_Group.htm


McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

McDermott has marked 75 years of serving a broad range of client interests. Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown 75 Years of Serviceits core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of our international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labor and benefits, competition, intellectual property and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries.

We understand the issues faced by corporate decision makers because many of our lawyers have held key government and in-house positions. We understand how economic, social and political issues affect operations because our lawyers have navigated the complex business and regulatory environment themselves. Outstanding client service is a cornerstone of our practice that has withstood the test of geography, economy and time. We are proud of the recognition we have received from our clients for our commitment to service, and we value their satisfaction as the best measure of our success.

Here are a few reasons behind McDermott Will & Emery's leading law firm status:

  • Ranked among the best Chicago law firms for women to work in 2007 (Flex Time Lawyers and Working Mothers)
  • Has reached numbers like these: 34% of their attorneys are women and 23% of their partners are women
  • Established the Women's Leadership Series that hosts women's mentoring and leadership events
  • Participated as a leading signatory in the Chicago Bar Association's CTA (Call to Action)


Meet Our Gold Sponsors

Valorem Law Group  (Valorem means “value” in Latin) was formed in January 2008 by BigLaw refugees who are helping clients experience something revoluntary—high quality representation, results-driven, non-billable-hour fee options, and the use of business tools to make your job easier. They saw the writing on the wall before most lawyers even saw the wall! They listened to what clients needed and designed their firm accordingly—unlike the BigLaw firms who are pretending to jump on the "alternative fee" bandwagon now, when it's convenient to do so. If you want lawyers who boil the ocean to make a cup of tea, well, wrong website, wrong firm. If you want lawyers who focus on the values you care about instead of their monthly hours targets, you are in the right place. And if you don’t feel they have made your life easier or focused on your end-goals, you should take advantage of the Value Adjustment Line included on every invoice. Does your current firm invite you to evaluate their fee with your value?



Meet Our Silver Sponsor

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katten Muchin Roseman LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and an affiliate in London. We strive to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. While Katten offers an extensive range of legal services across numerous industries, our core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, litigation, real estate, commercial finance, intellectual property and trusts and estates. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies, including a third of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals.

The firm has a uniquely flexible and entrepreneurial culture that fosters partnerships with our clients. Knowing the law is not enough. We understand our clients’ business objectives and address their legal needs in a manner that is consistent with the “big picture.” We have earned a reputation for being trusted business advisors, and we demonstrate our value every day in the successful results we achieve.

Katten further understands the advantage of diversity within the firm, and is consistently honored for its diversity and women’s programming. We value the talents and perspectives of our diverse teams of attorneys, which enhance our ability to successfully serve our clients.  We are dedicated to the achievement of diversity within the firm and in the broader legal community. We actively promote a diverse culture at Katten through our recruitment, mentoring, professional development and public service programs.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and Best Places to Work 2010 Survey rating of 100 percent
  • Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies (2007–2009)
  • Working Mother magazine & Flex-Time Lawyers’ 50 Best Law Firms for Women (2007–2009)
  • MultiCultural Law magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity and Top 100 Law Firms for Women (2008–2010)

The Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) supports the strategic retention and advancement of women attorneys at the firm through mentoring and professional development programs designed to assist them with managing their careers, augmenting their skills and dealing with issues faced by women generally.  

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 14 offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. Our firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sectors. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue. We understand that clients are looking for value beyond just legal expertise. With this in mind, we work hard to understand the level of involvement our clients want from us. We take time to learn about our clients’ organizations and their business objectives. And we put significant emphasis on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs. In addition, Winston & Strawn is consistently regarded as one of the most diverse large law firms in the country, and our efforts have been recognized by numerous organizations. Notably, we support women attorneys through the firm’s Women to Women initiative (W2W). W2W hosts formal and informal programs so female associates have a chance to develop stronger relationships with female partners. The formal programs have included panel discussions on business development, networking, and leadership, as well as outside speakers. Informal mentoring lunches provide opportunities for female associates to meet with female partners to discuss work-related issues. Our women’s initiatives also reach out in much broader ways to bring together our attorneys, clients, and business colleagues. Taking our women’s initiative program one step further, the firm has organized targeted women’s events that allow our attorneys to meet new contacts, create opportunities to become better acquainted, and have a chance to learn more about our clients’ business needs.

Meet Our Gold Corporate Sponsor

Country Financial
At COUNTRY Financial, we help families protect what they have, save for a comfortable future, and achieve financial security. Our 45 Chicago financial representatives work one-on-one with families and businesses to develop tangible financial plans. COUNTRY offers a full range of insurance and financial products and services from auto, home and life and disability income insurance to retirement planning, investment management and trust services.  We have a history of giving back to the communities we serve. COUNTRY is the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Farmers Markets and also partners with Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. During the last three years, we have given $225,000 through our Count on COUNTRY grant program to 10 nonprofit organizations, which promote financial security for families.

COUNTRY Fast Facts:

  • Third largest auto and home insurer in Illinois 
  • In business for 86 years
  • Represented by more than 2,000 COUNTRY financial representatives
  • Serves more than 1 million households and businesses in the U.S.
  • Licensed in more than 40 states
  • Headquartered in Bloomington, Ill.
  • $3.1 billion annual revenue
  • Ranked 624 on the Fortune 1000 listing

For more information about COUNTRY and the Chicago North Agency Manager Vicki Nygren, please visit http://www.countryfinancial.com/vicki.nygren.

Founding Sponsors

Coaltion of Women's Initiatives in Law Firms

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law is a non-profit membership association bringing together women’s initiatives in law firms and companies of all sizes across the Chicago area. Their goal is to promote a dialogue and support network among women in these programs, further their career advancement and professional development, and help fuel the continued growth of women’s initiatives.

Here are a few reasons behind the Coalition's Platinum Founding Sponsor status:

  • Committed to providing relevant and informative programming related to women’s issues and women’s initiatives in law
  • Comprised of 32 member firms with almost 80 representative delegates
  • Sponsors the Women Lawyers Reception in conjunction with the ABA Annual meeting and the NCWBA Annual Summit
  • Launched the Coalition’s website www.thewomenscoalition.com in 2008
  • Partners with Step Up Women’s Network, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls
  • Introduced their new Associates Committee, where members hope to focus on professional advancement by helping women associates understand and take strides toward the path to partnership, developing their own businesses, and other specific associate issues.

Berger Schatz

Berger Schatz was established in 1987. The firm’s founding partners shared a passion for bringing the highest professional and ethical standards to the practice of family law. They envisioned a firm that offered sophisticated legal and financial analysis, combined with a personal approach based on the belief that everyone involved in a divorce-related case—the clients, their spouses, and the children—should be treated with respect and compassion.

Since its founding, Berger Schatz has specialized in cases involving high-net-worth individuals and complex personal assets. The firm has grown to become one of the premiere matrimonial law firms in the nation, with a team of 36 attorneys in two offices, in downtown Chicago and in Lake Forest, representing clients throughout Illinois.

All of the attorneys at Berger Schatz specialize in the legal and financial skills that are essential to guide our clients through the difficult transitions that may arise from a dissolution of marriage: negotiating pre- and post-nuptial agreements; identifying and valuing businesses and other assets; issues involving child custody, visitation and support; and when necessary, litigating at trials and appeals in matrimonial cases.

Berger Schatz: taking the practice of family law to a higher level for over 25 years.

To learn more about Berger Schatz visit http://www.bergerschatz.com

Corporate Sponsorship

Victoria Court Reporting Service, Inc

Founded in 1981 by court reporter Victoria Rock, Victoria Court Reporting Service, Inc. (VCRS) is a full-service court reporting and litigation support services firm that works with attorneys, government, and legal departments of large public and private corporations to deliver the depositions, transcripts, e-transcripts, data archiving, imaging, and case-management tools.

Sister companies to Victoria Court Reporting Service, Inc. (VCRS) are Victoria’s Transcription Services, Inc. (VTS) and VTS Consulting Services. Both were founded by Victoria Rock to augment VCRS’ product lines and connect women business owners with government entities as well as large private or public companies by providing them with the certification documentation support, registration assistance, and follow up they need to become certified Women (WBE), Minority (MBE) or Disadvantaged (DBE) Business Enterprises. VTS Consulting Services also assists business owners in researching, registering, and setting up meetings with targeted entities once their companies are certified.

Enerspace Chicago is a coworking space in Chicago's West Loop. It's designed to be a beautiful, inspiring, shared work space where where entrepreneurs, freelancers and mobile professionals go to do their best work.

If you're starting your own practice and would like to trade your home office for a creative, urban, and completely professional space that offers amenities such as high-speed wifi, conference rooms and a diverse network of "coworkers," or you just need a unique place to meet with clients, book a work space or meeting room here: https://liquidspace.com/Venues/enerspace-chicago.

Enerspace is taking a twist coworking by helping its members integrate wellness into their day. So many professionals struggle with balance, and Enerspace believes that the biggest opportunity for improvement can happen at the place where you spend 8 (or more!) hours a day.  You see the mental wellness component when you walk in: ridiculous amounts of natural light through windows that offer a stunning view of the entire Chicago skyline, a design that uses energizing colors, and a big open space that encourages an open mind and mingling with "coworkers."  Enerspace is also biker, runner and yogi friendly with a fitness studio, shower, and changing room.  We also host after hours health and wellness and small business programming and develops partnerships with local health and wellness-related businesses to offer member discounts and perks.


The mission of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is to train students for the practice of law and to house a vibrant, scholarly community that contributes to academic and public policy discourse on a wide range of legal issues. 

Chicago-Kent believes that its mission starts with outstanding faculty members who impart their enthusiasm for law and their intellectual acumen through teaching classes and interacting with students in other settings. Chicago-Kent interweaves theoretical and skills-oriented teaching under the broad umbrella of a scholarly community that encourages students to assist faculty members as they develop scholarship to fuel both academic and public policy debates.

Recognizing that students must be able to think like lawyers before they can practice, Chicago-Kent first and foremost teaches students the inner logic of the law. Chicago-Kent then stresses innovative skills programs that enable students to learn to practice as attorneys. The school's focus on legal writing, clinical, and trial advocacy programs equips students to hit the ground running upon graduation. In addition, the school's historical focus on the intersection between law and technology further enhances students' ability to anticipate future developments in the law.

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP is a family law firm working with clients to solve problems and achieve the best possible result. We provide a wide range of services tailored to our clients' unique needs. We assure our clients the highest level of quality through firm depth of knowledge, experience and talent. Our firm’s lawyers, many of whom have participated both legislatively and judicially in the law-making process, initiate progressive solutions for those going through divorce and family transitions. We are the largest law firm in the country focusing exclusively on family law, and we are internationally recognized as a model for firms practicing in that field.

Meyer Law Group

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all legal services. We know each business is unique and has its own distinct needs. We will learn as much as we can about your business in order to help you identify your needs so that you can concentrate on other areas of your business. Think of us as your partner. 

You’ll understand us. We don’t use confusing legalese. We’ll advise you on realistic risks so that you can make informed, real-world decisions.

Our lawyers are top-notch, highly experienced leaders and have a solid understanding of the various issues that domestic and international businesses deal with on a daily basis. We are entrepreneurial-minded and passionate about helping businesses. We love what we do, and that’s what drives us. Meet our team.

Businesses shouldn’t have to pay exorbitant legal fees for high-quality legal services. In today’s economy, most businesses are trying to reduce costs, but still need the same amount of work to be done. We provide real legal solutions. We offer affordable rates for savvy businesses that know that traditional law firm fees are not practical and not your only option. We won’t nickel-and-dime you, nor will we train inexperienced associates at your expense. Our clients appreciate how transparent we are with our billing practices.

In short, our philosophy enables us to provide unparalleled value that results in happy and satisfied clients as illustrated by our client accolades

K.O. Strategies provides public affairs, business development, community relations, advocacy, and training services to companies, nonprofit organizations, and associations. Simply put, we help clients achieve results on issues important to them. We have strong relationships with elected officials and opinion leaders throughout Chicago, Cook County and Illinois. We tailor our services and approach to each client’s specific needs, building on more than 25 years’ experience in advocacy, government, business, and law. Examples of our services include:

  • Relationship-building
  • Business development
  • Community relations
  • Strategy
  • Advocacy and messaging
  • Presentations and training

Platinum Founding Sponsor