Henry Krasnow

Henry C. KrasnowPartner

  • Chicago: (312) 704-2191
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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


Speaking Engagements


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)

Henry C. Krasnow's recent or notable engagements and experience includes: