Catherine Gryczan helps businesses manage transactions, minimize commercial risk and make transitions. Cathy is a trusted advisor to her clients and often serves as an extension of in-house legal departments or as outside general counsel.

M&A and Everyday Business Advisor

Cathy advises clients on the full business life cycle, including:
  • Entity formation and governance
  • Equity funding and compensation arrangements
  • Credit facilities, including aircraft financing
  • Operations and commercial contracts
  • Joint ventures and consulting arrangements
  • M&A including representations and warranties insurance
  • Estate planning for executives and high net worth individuals
  • Litigation of contract disputes and employment issues

Industry Experience

Cathy has counseled clients such as:
  • Middle market companies in various industries
  • Private equity-owned entities
  • Financial services companies
  • Multinational medical products companies
  • American subsidiaries of European and Asian companies
  • U.S. manufacturers with overseas operations
  • An innovative biotech company
  • Professional services firms including accounting, medical and dental


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois




Tulane University Law School
J.D. cum laude (1985)

University of Illinois
B.S. (1982)

Institute for American Universities
French Study Program (1980)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Business Transition Strategies and Growing Your Business Through M&A
    The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, October 2011
  • Chicago-Kent International Law Career Day
    Presenter, 2011
  • Credit Tightening Survival Checklist 
    Faegre Baker Daniels Corporate Finance News, Spring 2009
  • Enhancing the Value of Your Business: Planning Your Exit Strategy
    The Presidents' Symposium of Chicago, 2009
  • What Path Do I Take:  Acquire or Sell - Joint Ventures or Alliances
    The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, 2008, 2009
  • Realizing Opportunities in the International Arena,
    Presenter and Panel Moderator, The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, 2007
  • Hot Topics in Business Law: International Transactions Update
    Faculty, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • The Entrepreneurship Institute — Board Member, 2007-present
  • Women in Bio, 2011-present
  • Women in International Trade — Director of Programming, 1990-91 (Vice President, 1993-96)

Civic Activities

  • Mt. Carmel High School Mothers' Club Board, 2013
  • Riverside Little League — President, 2006-10; Vice President, 2011-2012; Board of Directors, 2003-2012
  • Riverside Junior Woman's Charity — Website Chair, 2003-06; Member, 2002-present
  • Child's Play Touring Theatre — Board Member, 1989-1996; Treasurer, 1995; President, 1996-1998


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2007-09, 2012, 2015-19
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2009
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