For more than 50 years, I have worked with entrepreneurial family and privately-held businesses by developing successful strategies to solve their business/legal problems by focusing on the risks, benefits, strategies, costs, and impact on profitability of the available alternatives.
My broad range of experience includes representations involving minority shareholder rights, governance structures, succession planning and shareowner disputes, real estate development, leasing, sales and acquisitions, sales and purchases of businesses, banking transactions, employment disputes and discrimination claims, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition), civil trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation of business disputes, and debt restructuring.
Illinois State Bar Association
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated, Chicago's Top Rated Lawyers, Litigation; Intellectual Property; Real Estate Law; Legal Ability & Ethical Standards (2020); 5.0/5.0 Overall Client Rating – Martindale.com
Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in: Closely & Privately Held Business Law; Real Estate Law: Commercial; Real Estate Law: Finance (2004 - 2017)
Best Lawyers of Chicago – 2012 (Litigation-Real Estate Lawyer of the Year)
Top Lawyers of Chicago – 2013, 2015
Best Lawyers-Illinois, Chicago Tribune/Wall Street Journal – 2014-16 (Real Estate and Litigation)
Top Lawyers in Illinois (Corporate)
Best Bankruptcy and Debt Lawyers Firms in Illinois, Best Attorneys Online, June 2014; April, September, November 2013
The USA’s 2016 Most Innovative Business Leader, Business Leaders AI Awards – 2016
The Best Lawyers in America, 26th Edition, Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law - 2020
SFGH partners Henry C. Krasnow and Michael A. Brandess publish article in Family Business Magazine entitled “Helping Your Family and Business Through Challenging Economic Times”
The May/June 2019 issue of Family Business Magazine featured an article written by SFGH partners Henry C. Krasnow and Michael A. Brandess entitled “Helping Your Family and Business Through Challenging Economic Times.” The article provides advice for family business owners in times of financial distress.
SFGH Partner Henry Krasnow recently authored two articles: “The Family Business Consultant and the Family Enterprise Lawyer: Some Thoughts on a More Productive Collaboration” and “Five Ways to Get More From Lawyers”
SFGH Partner Henry Krasnow recently authored an article for the Wednesday, March 20, 2019, weekly edition of the FFI | Practitioner entitled “The Family Business Consultant and the Family Enterprise Lawyer: Some Thoughts on a More Productive Collaboration.” He also wrote an article for the March 2019 monthly newsletter for the Chicago Private Directors Association entitled “Five Ways to Get More from Lawyers.”
Henry Krasnow, Richard Sugar and David Madden author article entitled “The New Reality of Federal Litigation” on the Financial Poise website.progress.
On July 18, 2017, Financial Poise published an article written by Henry Krasnow, Richard Sugar and David Madden entitled “The New Reality of Federal Litigation.” The article discusses changes to longstanding Federal discovery rules and addresses how the adoption of these new rules impact how lawsuits progress.
SFGH Client Alert: The New Reality of Federal Litigation and Changes to Longstanding Discovery Rules
"The New Reality of Federal Litigation,” a SFGH news alert, discusses changes to longstanding Federal discovery rules. The article, drafted by Richard Sugar, Henry Krasnow and David Madden, addresses how the adoption of these new rules impact how lawsuits progress.
Henry C. Krasnow authors a book entitled, "Your Lawyer: An Owner's Manual A Business Owner's Guide to Managing Your Lawyer, published by Agate Publishing.
On January 27, 2006, Agate Publishing published a book written by Henry C. Krasnow entitled, "Your Lawyer: An Owner's Manual A Business Pwner's Guide to Managing Your Lawyer."
SFGH partners Henry Krasnow and Michael Brandess to give presentation to Chicago Bar Association entitled “Risks, Challenges and Opportunities: Family Businesses and Financial Distress”
SFGH partners Henry Krasnow and Michael Brandess to give presentation to Chicago Bar Association entitled “Risks, Challenges and Opportunities: Family Businesses and Financial Distress.” The presentation will take place on April 17, 2019.
Henry Krasnow sits as a panelist at the PDA (Private Directors Association) breakfast panel "What Every Prospective Director Should Know about Personal Liability, Risk and D&O".
On November 1, 2017 at 7:30 a.m., Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP partner Henry Krasnow will be a panelist for the PDA (Private Directors Association) breakfast panel "What Every Prospective Director Should Know about Personal Liability, Risk and D&O".
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger congratulates partner Henry Krasnow on being awarded the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell.
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger congratulates partner Henry Krasnow for his inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law. Henry Krasnow has received this esteemed award for more than twenty years.
Henry Krasnow, a Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger partner, was appointed by the Governor (and confirmed by the Senate) in January, 2018 to serve as one of the four public members of the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board (MDB). The MDB works with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation to help fulfill the Department’s mission of protecting the public through the monitoring of licensed physicians and selected other health care professionals.
SFGH is pleased to note that Crain’s recently highlighted its recent hire of Henry C. Krasnow in its “People On the Move” section.
On January 15, 2018, Crain’s recently highlighted SFGH's recent hire of Henry C. Krasnow in its “People On the Move” section.
Henry C. Krasnow received the title of Distinguished Counselor from the Illinois State Bar Association
On November 16, 2017, the Illinois State Bar Association awarded Henry C. Krasnow, the title of Distinguished Counsellor, in recognition of his decades of honorable service at the Bar and continued interest in the advancement of the profession of law as an active member of the ISBA.
Civic & Professional
The Family Firm Institute, Interdisciplinary Education Achievement Award
The Family Firm Institute, Certificate in Family Business Advising
The John Marshall Law School, Adjunct Professor (“Transactional Law,” 2014-2015)
IIT Stuart School of Business, Adjunct Professor (“Legal Environment for Business-Management of Lawyers and Legal Fees,” 1992-1993)
IIT Kent College of Law, Adjunct Professor (“Business Practice,” 1978-1979; “Real Estate Transactions,” 1980; “Corporations,” 1981-1982)
Editor-in-Chief, “FFI Practitioner,” an online magazine of The Family Firm Institute (2010-2011)
Editor-in-Chief, “Practice Papers,” an online magazine of The Family Firm Institute (1997-2008)
Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Treasurer (2016), Board of Directors (2015-Present)
Evanston Township High School Foundation Board Member, Evanston, IL (2012-2015)
General Counsel, Institute for Clinical Social Work, (1993-1998)