Founded in 1983 with only six lawyers, Freeborn & Peters has grown to over 200 professionals. Serving a wide-range of industries from food to transportation law, the firm has represented clients such as famed sandwich shop Jimmy John’s, CIVC – a seasoned private equity firm – and Canadian National Railway. Throughout the past 30 years, Freeborn’s main focus has expanded to include litigation, government and regulatory law, corporate, real estate, and bankruptcy and financial restructuring.
The Chicago-based firm has a reach that extends far beyond the Midwest, having handled cases national and internationally in everything from complex antitrust cases to real estate disputes and reinsurance matters. Because the firm is organized in sub-practice areas, Freeborn’s attorneys able to cross between industries. The firm’s attorneys pride themselves as “litigators first,” and have proven so throughout the years. In 2008, the firm successfully defended the Board of Education from the Indian Prairie School District 204 in a high-profile case against seven separate claims, and the lawsuit was won in less than four months.
Located in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, the firm has developed a strong reputation in the Midwest. Forty-four of the firm’s attorneys were named in Illinois Super Lawyers as Rising Stars in 2015 and in 2016, the Corporate INTL Global Awards named Freeborn & Peters the “Marketing Law firm of the Year in Illinois.” The firm’s female employees, which make up 53% of the staff at the firm, have gained recognition, with Freeborn partners ranked among the leading women real estate lawyers in the country.
311 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 360-6000
Employer Type: Private
Co-Managing Partners: Michael Kelly & Michael Moynihan
Recruiting Committee: Michael A. Moynihan (Chicago)
Total No. Attorneys 2016: 128
Chicago, IL (HQ)
New York, NY
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
Environmental Law & Toxic Torts
Family & Personal Law
Food & Beverage
Government & Regulatory Law
Insurance & Reinsurance
Private Equity & Venture Capital