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Gerald Haberkorn is the Chairman of the Firm, responsible for the firm’s corporate practice. Early in his career, he tried cases throughout the United States, including significant D&O litigation matters such as breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and violations of state corporation and limited liability company laws. Over the past 20 years, however, Mr. Haberkorn has primarily handled general corporate work, including corporate formation, corporate maintenance and contract negotiations. He also regularly assists clients in the sale and acquisition of regulated businesses and product lines.
Mr. Haberkorn has both an active national and international practice, with an international focus in the U.K. He has published a wide variety of articles both in the U.S. and the U.K. He was selected as the first U.S. attorney to participate in the U.K. publication Acquisition Finance. British finance experts and Mr. Haberkorn respond monthly to readers’ inquiries regarding the commercial concerns and legal issues of international transactions.
Mr. Haberkorn is an AV rated attorney and since 2007, he has consistently been recognized by his peers as one of the Illinois Bar’s “Leading lawyers” in two areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, and has been selected as one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers. Most recently selected by Premier Corporate Lawyers as its exclusive representative attorney and firm in Chicago – IL. As recently as 2013, he was selected as one of the “Top Rated Lawyers” by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer. In addition to his active practice, he was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to sit on its Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. Mr. Haberkorn was selected as a finalist in Fast Company Magazine’s “Fast 50”, as one of the U.S.’ “high impact legal leaders.” The recognition is based on his unique dedication to counseling and representing commercial clients in both transactions and dispute resolution.
In addition, Mr. Haberkorn has served on the Boards of Directors of five U.S. subsidies of Ontario-based Energy Savings Income Fund, an open-ended limited purpose trust to hold securities and to distribute the income of its wholly owned subsidiaries and affiliates. He has also served on the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Chamber’s Middle Market Forum Advisory Subcommittee. Mr. Haberkorn was selected as a Federal Trial Bar Instructor for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and appointed to its prestigious Local Rules Committee.
Of Mexican descent, Mr. Haberkorn is committed to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and at the firm. Mr. Haberkorn was instrumental in instituting the firm’s Diversity Committee in order to promote diversity and inclusion within the firm, in client relationships, and in the community.