Schiff Hardin LLP was a national law firm with more than 300 attorneys practicing out of seven offices nationwide — Ann Arbor, Chicago, Lake Forest, New York, Newport Beach, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.[2] It was a general practice firm serving corporate clients. In 2022, Schiff Hardin merged with Arent Fox to form the firm of ArentFox Schiff. [3]

Schiff Hardin LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
HeadquartersChicago
No. of offices7
No. of attorneysmore than 300
Major practice areasGeneral practice
Revenue$227M [1]
Date founded1864; 160 years ago (1864), in Chicago
FoundersCharles Hitchcock and Charles Dupee
Company typePrivate
Websitewww.schiffhardin.com

History edit

The firm was founded in 1864 as Hitchcock & Dupee and ranked as one of Chicago's oldest law firms. In its early years, it represented the Chicago City Railway Company and Chicago Transit Authority. In 1889, Hitchcock & Dupee gained Northern Trust as a client; the company continued to turn to Schiff Hardin for all legal advice until the Arent Fox merger. The firm acquired its current name in 2004.[4]

Schiff Hardin opened a Washington, D.C. office in 1977. An office in New York City (1991) followed. 2002 brought a suburban Chicago office in Lake Forest. In 2007, the firm merged with Morgenstein & Jubelirer to open a San Francisco office, followed by an Ann Arbor, Michigan office in 2012.

Notable deals and cases edit

  • Chicago Board Options Exchange — In the early 1970s, the firm created the legal structure of the CBOE. In June 2010, the firm represented the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated in its approximately $3 billion demutualization transaction, in which the CBOE converted from a member-owned Delaware non-stock corporation to a Delaware stock corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of a new parent holding company, CBOE Holdings, Inc.[5][6]
  • United States of America v. Conrad M. Black et al.[7] — The firm represented Mark S. Kipnis, the former general counsel of Hollinger International, Inc., in this highly publicized trial.[7]
  • People v. Harper[8] — Schiff Hardin represented Julie Rae Harper, a woman wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for the murder of her young son, at her retrial. This case generated considerable media attention after ABC-TV's 20/20 program ran a show about the case.[8][9]
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley[10] — In a case that received nationwide attention, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), represented by Schiff Hardin's Animal Law practice attorneys and North Carolina counsel, obtained a full and final judgment in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Woodley in a case involving animal hoarding.[10]

Notable clients edit

AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. Michael Jordan[11]
Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Laidlaw International, Inc.
CenterPoint Properties Trust Lek Pharmaceuticals[12]
Chicago Board Options Exchange Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
Chicago Transit Authority NiSource Inc.
Dorel Industries Inc. Northern Trust
Eastman Kodak Company Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Emaar Properties Sanford
Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novartis The Thermos Company[13]
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.[14] Wittur Inc.[15]

References edit

  1. ^ "Law.com". Law.com.
  2. ^ "Offices". Schiff Hardin.
  3. ^ Merken, Sara (December 2021). "Arent Fox, Schiff Hardin will merge to form $475 MLN revenue firm". Reuters.
  4. ^ "About Us". Schiff Hardin.
  5. ^ http://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/search/historicalcharge.cfm?ID=100011430&SessionID=&TYPE=news[dead link]
  6. ^ "StackPath".
  7. ^ a b "StackPath".
  8. ^ a b "StackPath".
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 3, 2020. Retrieved July 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ a b "StackPath".
  11. ^ "StackPath".
  12. ^ "StackPath".
  13. ^ "StackPath".
  14. ^ "StackPath".
  15. ^ "StackPath".

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