Overview

Natalie Kraft is animated by a passion for building strong brands and strong companies through critical decision-making. She brings a unique set of business skills to lawyering through her experience at a major accounting firm, mentorship of a number of startup companies and her MBA background, having graduated first in her MBA class. She advises private and public companies, private equity funds, and portfolio companies on a wide variety of transactions. She focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions, insurance and reinsurance, venture and innovation, investments, securities, and corporate governance matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Natalie worked as a tax clerk for Judge Carl Walker of the Circuit Court of Cook County, interned for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and was a summer associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in 2016.

Faculty Positions

  • University of Illinois — Alumni Engagement Committee, 2019

Personal Interests

Natalie enjoys building and designing stained glass windows.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Education

University of Illinois College of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Journal of Law, Technology and Policy - Editor (2017)

University of Illinois
M.B.A. first in class (2017)

University of Illinois
B.A. summa cum laude (2013)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Asylum Matters
  • Section 8 Housing Disputes
  • Christian Charities

Civic Activities

  • Saints Faith, Hope & Charity Catholic Parish — Parishioner
  • Working In The Schools (WITS)

Honors

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Legal Writing, Introduction to Advocacy, Business Associations, M&A, and Legal Research: Illinois Law
  • American Bar Association Negotiation Competition – National Finalist (2016), National Semi-Finalist (2015), Regional & UIUC Winner
  • University of Illinois College of Law – Dean’s List; Law Harno Scholar; Merit Scholarship

Awards Methodology

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