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About Goldberg Kohn

Goldberg Kohn was founded in 1976, by four lawyers at a well-known midsized Chicago firm, with the express goal of creating a firm that would provide legal services on a par with the largest and most respected firms in Chicago. The founders aimed to create a firm with a working environment based on mutual respect, support, and trust and completely devoid of internal competition and personal empire building. The theory was that by focusing their competitive energy on providing the best possible legal services rather than on internal politics the firm would not only attract and retain superb lawyers who truly enjoy the practice of law, but also provide a welcome change for clients weary of the infighting that is characteristic of so many of today's law firms; politics that add unnecessary cost and inefficiencies to the handling of legal matters.

Today, over 35 years later, those ideals are not only intact, but remain the greatest source of Goldberg Kohn's success. During the first years of its founding, the firm grew primarily by attracting lawyers from large, well-established firms to join a noble, if risky, experiment. The firm worked hard to achieve a greater level of name recognition at leading national law schools, enabling it to attract outstanding graduates who have gone on to become Goldberg Kohn's first generation nurtured from summer associate to principal. Although the firm continues to rely on law school recruitment to fuel a portion of its growth, the firm is also a magnet for young lawyers who have been in practice for a few years at recognized firms and who look to Goldberg Kohn as the home where they can practice law in a supportive environment for the rest of their professional career.

Goldberg Kohn's clientele has grown to include an institutional client base worthy of a much larger firm, while preserving the same idealistic and collegial atmosphere that has become the hallmark of the firm.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1976 Number of Partners 44
Number of offices 1 Partner:associate ratio 2.20
Biggest office Chicago Percentage of women attorneys 24.00
Number of attorneys 65 Percentage of minority attorneys 12.30
Number of associates 20 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 3.10
Area of practice

Goldberg Kohn practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Class Action Defense Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Copyright Trademark & Patent Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Debtor Representations
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Human Resources Counseling
  • Information Technology & E-Commerce
  • International Lending
  • Labor & Employment Litigation
  • Policyholders' Insurance Coverage
  • Product Liability & Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • State & Local Taxation Litigation
  • Supreme & Appellate Courts
  • Tax-Exempt Finance
  • Trade Secret & Restrictive Covenant Litigation
  • Traditional Labor
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Climate Change & Resource Conservation
  • Commercial Finance
  • Corporate Securities & Tax
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
Awards and recognitions

Chambers and Partners Global


Goldberg Kohn is committed to building a firm environment that reflects the diversity of our community. We believe that the key to the diversity health of the firm is to create a vibrant culture in which professionals of all backgrounds can succeed here in the long term.

In order to build an environment that is welcoming and supportive of a diverse population of professionals, Goldberg Kohn espouses an approach to diversity that supplements the firm's core values with a more concerted recruiting and retention strategy for diverse professionals. Our approach to questions of diversity builds upon Goldberg Kohn's founding principles and the unique culture we have developed. Specifically, throughout its history, Goldberg Kohn has implemented a deliberate, purposeful growth plan

Summer associate program

Goldberg Kohn's summer program is the centerpiece of the firm's hiring efforts. The success of the summer program is attributable to its central philosophy: provide each summer associate with an experience that is realistic, challenging and exciting, and that exposes them to the unique advantages that Goldberg Kohn offers new attorneys. The summer program is designed to maximize opportunities for summer associates to get to know and work with the lawyers in the firm, to experience what a junior associate's life at the firm is really like, and to work on meaningful projects as an integral part of cases and deals.

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Goldberg Kohn LOCATIONS


Goldberg Kohn Headquarters

55 East Monroe Street ,
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL

312-201-4000 phone
312-332-2196 fax
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