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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
233 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE
SUITE 8000
CHICAGO, IL 60606 - 6448
United States

Work Department

Position

Partner and Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

Career

For more than three decades as a corporate lawyer, Suzie has counseled clients—from entrepreneurs and startups to large, privately held companies across multiple industries—through every phase of growth, during times of economic prosperity and economic downturn.

She prides herself on handling matters “in scale” with an eye toward practical advice that advances company objectives. Suzie works with clients in two capacities: executing deals and functioning as outside general counsel, often at the same time. Her clients benefit from this continuity of service and the institutional knowledge she develops by their side. She knows what it’s like to run the business and stays in the trenches with the client after the deal is closed.

Suzie brings substantial legal know-how, a high-volume track record of transactions, and a commitment to speak the language of her clients in every deal. She analyzes complex, confidential, and strategic opportunities to address the legal issues presented. Suzie then translates the opportunity into a quick and responsive action plan that provides a road map for growth. She takes a holistic approach, working across the client organization and bringing in financial, diligence, and client counsel to assemble the deal “dream team.”

As chair of the M&A practice group, Suzie drives the growth and professional development agenda for more than 60 attorneys at all levels. She has been an avid consumer of M&A trends for the last decade, making it her mission to bring this knowledge back to the team. Suzie also drives technology adoption for her team, including use of new artificial intelligence tools for client service and the creation of a unique budgeting app used to predict legal fees for transactions. In all things, Suzie sets a model for performance and client service with a goal of supporting and leading a world-class team. This work has made her more well-rounded and better equipped to serve her clients.

Suzie loves working at Seyfarth because it offers something new and different every day, whether it’s the opportunity to help her clients meet their goals, or to collaborate with her colleagues and firm leadership to grow the firm.

Memberships

ACG Chicago

Education

  • JD, University of Illinois College of Law

    With honors
    University of Illinois Law Review, topics editor

  • BA, University of Michigan

    With honors

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Suzanne SaxmanSeyfarth Shaw LLP

Highly responsive, knowledgeable, thorough and nimble’, Seyfarth Shaw LLP has recognized expertise in middle-market M&A. The firm has a strong nationwide footprint, but is also well placed to handle cross-border transactions working in conjunction with its global network spread throughout the UK, Europe and Asia. A full-service firm by nature, the corporate lawyers are routinely acting alongside their colleagues in the healthcare, fintech, labor and employment, antitrust, privacy and security, and litigation departments. Areas of focus include strategic investment, post-merger integration and regulatory matters. Multinational corporates and private investors, including venture capital firms, make up the bulk of the client base. Key figures in the team include Suzanne Saxman in Chicago, who has been leading corporate matters for clients in the chemicals, consumer products and healthcare sectors; and New York-based Andrew Lucano, an experienced partner in the team who has broad-base expertise in corporate and securities transactions. Also of note, the team welcomed a number of new arrivals over the past year, including that of Paul Kruger in New York, who joined from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.