Ms Suzanne Saxman > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 8000
CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States

Work Department

Antitrust/Trade Regulation; Corporate; Corporate Governance & Compliance; Health Care Mergers & Acquisitions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Capital Markets; Energy and Clean Technologies; Energy Mergers & Acquisitions


Partner and Chair of Mergers & Acquisition Department


Ms. Saxman, a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Chair of Seyfarth’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice group, concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters.Ms. Saxman counsels clients—from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held companies—through each phase of growth, during times of economic prosperity and economic downturn. She advises on the ideal form of organization, business plans, equity and stockholder agreements, commercial transactions, and exit strategies.  Ms. Saxman has extensive experience resolving owner disputes and negotiating settlements.

Ms. Saxman represents clients in mergers and acquisitions and other business development opportunities such as marketing, distribution and licensing agreements, and joint ventures. She strategizes on the business and legal aspects of negotiating transactions and corporate governance.  Ms. Saxman also represents clients on the purchase and sale of distressed assets.

Ms. Saxman advises clients on commercial financing matters and negotiates acquisition financing, private debt and equity financing, and venture capital, while also serving as President of Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (2015-2016). 

Ms. Saxman works with clients across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, gaming, alternative energy and cleantech, business and professional services, construction, and packaging.  She handles matters “in scale” and uses her project management skills to deliver services on time and on budget.

D’Ancona & Pflaum (1981–2003), firm merged with Seyfarth Shaw LLP in 2003. Joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP as an equity partner.

The Legal 500 ranked Ms. Saxman as a Leading Lawyer of 2017.




American Bar Association (Member, Section on Business Law, Middle Market and Small Business and Commercial Financial Services Committee), Association for Corporate Growth, Chicago Chapter (Board Member 2010 to present, President 2015), The Entrepreneurship Institute, Chicago Chapter (Board Member, 2000 to Present), University of Illinois College of Law, Deans Advisory Board (Board Member 1998-2001; 2004-Present), Institute of Illinois Business Law (Member, 2007- Present), Austin Peoples Action Center, the Arizona Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and serves on Seyfarth Shaw’s Audit and Pension Committee.


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (1981), with Honors, Topics Editor and Member, University of Illinois Law Review; B.A., University of Michigan (1977), with Honors


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Lawyer Rankings

United States > M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)

(Leading lawyers)

Suzanne SaxmanSeyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP‘s ‘M&A team is efficient, timely and provides excellent business advice‘. It acts for private and public companies in all aspects of M&A transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures and investments, and frequently advises on cross-border work. The firm’s highly rated labor and employment practice regularly supports the M&A team on deals and the practice stands out for healthcare and franchise M&A. Corporate office chair for the Washington DC team Andrew Sherman led advice to a construction and insurance technology solutions company on the sale of construction bidding software; Atlanta-based Andrew Hough acted for IG Design Group Americas, an international stationery business, in a purchase of all of Impact Innovations’ shares; Houston’s Paul Pryzant assisted Nasdaq-listed TapImmune, which develops immunotherapeutics, with its merger of equals with immunotherapy innovator Marker Therapeutics; and Theodore Cornell III in Chicago advised a private equity firm on the acquisition of a flooring company. Also in Chicago, M&A chair Suzanne Saxman is ‘terrific; she delegates when appropriate but participates on every important call, and is a good source of market intelligence that is helpful for benchmarking anticipated negotiation points‘. Saxman advised a human resources services and technology company on the acquisition of a corporation that provides employee engagement and wellbeing solutions, and its subsidiaries. Elsewhere, vice-national M&A chair Andrew Lucano ‘may just be the best M&A attorney in New York City – his expertise and attentiveness to detail, along with his business savvy, are critical‘; also in New York, Stanley Bloch is ‘the most practical and learned M&A attorney’ some clients have worked with and ‘brings to the table a perspective that few else have‘. Washington DC’s Robert Bodansky and Douglas Mancino in Los Angeles are other notable advisers; counsel Leslie Kersey was hired in New York from Paul Hastings LLP and Chicago-based Whitney Schmidt is an experienced associate.