Kathleen J. Swan, Partner


Kathleen Swan is a partner in the Business Law Practice Group and co-leader of the Corporate Venturing Team. Kathleen's practice focuses on corporate finance, venture capital, private equity, and institutional private placements. Kathleen has represented clients within a number of diverse industries, including health care, retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and utilities operations. She has represented both venture capitalists and angels in connection with their respective purchases of common and preferred stock; institutional investors in connection with the purchase of both senior and subordinated secured and unsecured notes; and investment bankers in connection with the sale of several corporations.

Kathleen earned her J.D. degree from the University of Miami, where she was Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami International Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a member of the Society of Bar and Gavel. She earned her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University. Kathleen lectures on entrepreneurship issues at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and participates in the New Venture Challenge. She is also a regular speaker for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Miami (J.D., 1985)
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American College of Investment Counsel (Fellow)
  • The Economic Club of Chicago (Member)
  • Impact Engine I and Impact Engine II
  • Women's Business Advisory Board of Judy Barr Topinka, Treasurer of the State of Illinois (Member)
  • Springboard Midwest (Chairman, 2005; Springboard Midwest 2001 and 2003 Forum Committee and Screening Committee Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)
  • National Hemophilia Foundation (Former Member of Board of Directors, Chicago Chapter)
  • University of Miami School of Law (Former Member of Young Alumni Visiting Committee)
  • University of Texas System’s Entrepreneurship Network Evaluation Committee (Member)
  • Global New Venture Challenge (Judge, 2016)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected as an Illinois Leading Lawyer - Leading Lawyers Network, 2017–present (Corporate Finance, Securities & Venture Finance)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2011–2012 Illinois Super Lawyers® lists (Business/Corporate)
  • Chicago Bar Association David C. Hilliard Award