Elena A. Baca

Elena Baca is our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elena directly using the contact details listed above.

Elena is an associate in the Global M&A Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate Industry Group, based in the Chicago office.

Elena’s practice focuses on acquisitions, dispositions, financings and office and retail leasing. Elena is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch” for Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers (2021).

White & Case is an international law firm that serves companies, governments and financial institutions. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

Firm Overview:

Supporting our clients around the globe

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today’s G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world’s most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Lizzie Abramson

Lizzie Abramson is our exclusively recommended Divestment Services expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Lizzie directly using the contact details listed above.

Illinois is a midwestern state bordering Indiana in the east and the Mississippi River in the west. Nicknamed “the Prairie State,” it’s marked by farmland, forests, rolling hills and wetlands. Chicago, one of the largest cities in the U.S, is in the northeast on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s famous for its skyscrapers, such as sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.

Lizzie is a corporate associate in the Chicago office. Lizzie concentrates her practice on counselling clients with respect to their private merger, acquisition, divestiture and financing transactions, both domestically and internationally. Her transaction experience includes representation of privately held clients with a global presence, family-owned and closely held businesses, private equity and venture capital funds, franchisors, family offices and entrepreneurs.

Lizzie Abramson also advises clients on matters relating to general corporate and governance matters, reorganisations, capital raising, and venture capital investments. Lizzie is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Minnesota.

Firm Overview:

The practice in our Chicago office focuses on Real Estate, Finance, Financial Services and Bankruptcy, Litigation, Franchise and Distribution, Intellectual Property, REITS and Real Estate Securitisations, Information Technology, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Environmental, Labour and Employment Law, Corporate and Securities, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, Trusts and Estates, International Transactions, and Tax.

Cathy A. Birkeland

Cathy Birkeland is our exclusively recommended Capital Markets Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Cathy directly using the contact details listed above.

Cathy, Chicago Office Managing Partner and former Global Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice, helps issuers, underwriters, and investors execute successful capital markets transactions, and advises public companies and boards of directors on corporate governance and securities law matters.

For more than two decades, Cathy has advised clients on a broad array of capital markets transactions, including:

  • Initial public offerings
  • Dual track IPO/M&A processes
  • Spin-off transactions
  • Follow-on offerings
  • Block trades
  • ATM programs

Cathy advises public and private companies of all sizes across the globe, including Fortune 500 companies, emerging growth companies, investment banking firms, investors, and private equity firms. She has experience with numerous industries, including technology, hospitality, REITs, consumer retail, financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.

When counselling public companies and their boards of directors, she draws on her insights into the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and regulatory processes to advise on:

  • ’34 Act reporting
  • Complex disclosure requirements
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • NYSE/Nasdaq listing
  • Securities regulation
  • Tender offers
  • Consent solicitations
  • Private placements
  • Rule 144
  • Section 16
  • Share repurchase programs
  • 10b5-1 trading plans
  • Financial reporting

Highly regarded by clients and peers, Cathy has been named as one of the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business, which recognised her as a “first-rate capital markets lawyer.” The Chicago Business Journal also named Cathy to its 2018 Women of Influence list.

She regularly speaks on capital markets and corporate governance matters at industry conferences. She serves on the Executive Committee of the annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate & Securities Law Institute, sponsored by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Edward John Manzke

Edward John Manzke is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Edward directly using the contact details listed above.

A gifted personal injury lawyer, Edward excels in understanding the facts and law concerning how a client was injured, and in developing a legal strategy to win just compensation. He is passionate about representing injured people who are at a low point in their lives and need legal help.

Edward has been selected as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” for 2006, 2007, 2009- 2018. Considered among the best in their profession, Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of the practising attorneys in Illinois. Ed’s personal injury cases have been the subject of extensive media coverage and have appeared on multiple news outlets, including CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX and MSNBC.

Most recently, Edward appeared on MSNBC’s “Caught On Camera” television show to discuss one of his recent personal injury cases. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has also recently featured Ed’s work in a multi-million dollar DuPage County personal injury case.

In the past fifteen years, Edward has recovered over $100 million dollars for his clients. Here are a few examples of his successes:

In 2018, Edward recovered $4 million dollars for his clients in personal injury cases. In 2016 and 2017, Ed recovered over $5 million in verdicts and settlements in personal injury and environmental contamination cases.

During 2014 and 2015, Edward secured over $6 million for his clients in cases ranging from wrongful death, and product liability to automobile accidents and premises liability. Ed is believed to be the first plaintiff’s attorney in Illinois and one of the first in the country, to successfully prosecute a wrongful death case involving the negligent manufacture of synthetic drugs.

In 2013, Edward recovered over $8 Million on behalf of his personal injury clients and victims of environmental contamination.

Martha Watt

Martha Watt is our exclusively recommended Marketing Services expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Martha directly using the contact details listed above.

With more than 30 years of marketing, sales and consulting experience, Martha Watt has developed a strength for building valuable solutions that help Fortune 1000 corporations with complex human performance challenges.

Martha is also passionate about working with organisations to ensure and continually improve the client and employee experience.

Prior to joining Gagen, Martha was the VP sales, marketing and customer experience for a boutique consulting firm focused in change management, learning and communications services to Fortune 1000 companies. She helped launch the firm’s change management practice, oversaw the learning and change management leader roundtables, and provided sales and marketing leadership and support in driving the company transformation plan.

Martha’s career has included sales, marketing and consulting roles in technology, management and human capital consulting and in the recruiting and learning space. She has supported Fortune 1000 clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, insurance / financial services and consumer products / retail.

Martha is currently a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, Association of Talent Development, and the Executive Club of Chicago and serves on the Board of the Kellogg Executive Women’s Network, a group of 3500 Kellogg women alumni. She also has served on many not-for-profit boards and foundations focusing on education, children and women’s leadership development.

Martha has a Masters Degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Strategy, Marketing and International Business. She has her Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Industrial & Operations Engineering from University of Michigan.

Kathleen Zellner

Kathleen Zellner is our exclusively recommended Civil Rights Law expert in Illinois on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kathleen directly using the contact details listed above.

Kathleen has the rare distinction of having won major verdicts in civil and criminal cases. Most trial attorneys only try cases in one area of law. Ms. Zellner has won first degree murder trials, multi-million dollar civil verdicts, criminal and civil appeals, and post-conviction exonerations.

She is the only trial attorney in the United States who has won 5 multi-million dollar record verdicts in the span of 11 months. She currently has the highest civil rights verdict in the United States calculated per months of incarceration, totalling $1 million per month. Additionally, she has the highest false arrest settlement, calculated at $1,550 per minute for a total of $1.4 million for a 90 minute false arrest. There is no other civil rights attorney in the United States who has won larger verdicts when the months of incarceration or the minutes of false arrest are calculated. By monthly comparison, a $21 million verdict for 11 years would be $159,000 per month. Another example is a $9 million verdict for 4 years imprisonment, totals $187,500 per month.

The underlying premise of Zellner’s remarkable success is that she is not just “practicing” law, she is getting unparalleled results. Her ability to win in the courtroom, no matter the type of case, is the result of her creative trial strategies to winning for the victims of injustice.

Firm Overview:

The Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates is based in the Chicago, Illinois, area. Our team of trial lawyers concentrates on winning major civil rights violations, medical malpractice, prisoner abuse, criminal appeals, post-conviction, and habeas actions throughout the United States. We deal decisively and courageously with legal matters that profoundly affect the lives of people from all walks of life.