Marc O. Beem
Stephen J. Bisgeier
Alexandra K. Block
Kay L. Dawson
Daniel M. Feeney
Edward W. Feldman
Zachary J. Freeman
Arthur W. Friedman
Julie Haenel Friedman
William J. Katt
Diane F. Klotnia
Karen L. Levine
Ronald S. Miller
Eric A. Oesterle
Gabriel B. Plotkin
Melissa B. Pryor
Michael L. Shakman
Thomas M. Staunton
Margo Weinstein
David Weisman
Stuart M. Widman

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Mr. Beem’s practice consists of commercial disputes, including litigation involving professional responsibility, contractual disputes, securities law, the liability of corporate directors and other company officers, constitutional law and real-estate-related matters. In addition, he is involved with bankruptcy matters, workouts and related litigation. Mr. Beem also advises non-public schools and other not-for-profit entities.

  • B.A., Princeton University, Political Science, 1970.
    Graduated with high honors
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1975.
    Order of the Coif
  • Served as law clerk for the Hon. Bernard M. Decker, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975-1976.
  • Served as clinical teacher at the University of Chicago Law School, 1976-1981.
  • Practiced as an associate with this firm, 1981-1985.
  • Elevated to partner, 1985.
  • Faculty member of the Intensive Trial Practice Workshop of the University of Chicago Law School.
  • Faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Midwest Regional Program on Negotiation.
Selected Engagements
  • Represented large law firms in defense of legal malpractice actions arising from representation of closely-held metals manufacturing businesses, public Real Estate Investment Trust, snack foods manufacturer and distributor and commodities trading ventures.
  • Represented lawyers in arbitrations over separations from former law firms.
  • Represented court appointed receivers in Commodity Futures Trading Commission enforcement action and in liquidation of portfolio of mortgage loans with aggregate principal balance in excess of $1 Billion.
  • Represented title insurance company in defense of fraudulent conveyance claims against mortgages granted in connection with leveraged buy-out of national retail chain.
  • Represented multi-national industrial engineering and construction firm in defense of breach of contract actions.
  • Ongoing representation of private schools and not-for-profit social service entities in general counseling, mergers and financial restructuring.
  • Represented artist whose work was deemed offensive by Chicago Aldermen and forcibly removed from display at public show of student artwork in civil rights damage claim.
Selected Publications Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • American Civil Liberties Union: President Illinois ACLU, 2001 to 2005; member ACLU National Board, 1996-2001, 2005 to present.