Marc O. Beem

Mr. Beem’s practice consisted 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 was involved with bankruptcy matters, workouts and related litigation. Mr. Beem also advised non-public schools and other not-for-profit entities. Mr. Beem has retired from the practice of law and no longer maintains an active law license.

Selected Engagements

Represented large law firms in defense of legal malpractice and related claims arising from representation of hedge funds, 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 lawyers in matters with Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission.

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.

Represented 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.


B.A., Princeton University, Political Science, 1970
Graduated with high honors

J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1975
Order of the Coif


Admitted to the Illinois Bar, 1975 (license currently inactive)

Law clerk to the Hon. Bernard M. Decker, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975-1976

Clinical teacher at the University of Chicago Law School, 1976-1981

Associate with this firm, 1981-1985; became a partner in 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

Board Memberships


- Board Member Illinois ACLU 1985-present

- Board President ACLU of Illinois 2000-2005

- Board Member National ACLU, 1996-2001 and 2005-2016