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Vance L. Liebman

Many lawyers can claim a broad based practice, but Vance's experience spans virtually to every legal situation, from managing an international merger in Paris to proving a murder in the Chicago suburbs.
Vance was an early advocate of increasing efficiencies through a multi-disciplinary approach, in which his legal team can handle all of the aspects of a transaction, including securities, tax, real estate, environmental, labor, corporate, antitrust and employee benefits. His representation of borrowers, lenders and real estate developers includes the financing of Chicago’s loop skyscrapers, commercial developments and warehouse developments all over the country, commercial, industrial and office leases, restructuring of construction and permanent loans for commercial as well as industrial and office buildings and environmental litigation. Vance has also handled mergers, sales and acquisitions of businesses of all sizes throughout the United States.
Vance often counsels high net worth individuals, particularly entrepreneurs and inventors and family-owned businesses, and has focused on resolving intra-enterprise disputes between shareholders and partners as well as providing estate and tax planning for owner managed businesses that solve knotty problems between owners and generations.
Vance has litigated patents, trademarks, complex securities fraud cases, bankruptcies and white collar criminal defense, along with more commonplace commercial disputes. Clients facing complex lawsuits turn to Vance for his ability to see through the illusion of winning through expensive trials to find settlement solutions that win for everyone. 60 Minutes profiled Vance’s successful action to prove (after police failed) that a man murdered his wife for her insurance proceeds, resulting in her children receiving the proceeds instead of her husband.
Vance grew up in Milwaukee; he and his wife have two children. His hobbies include hiking in the United States and abroad, and electronics and computers. Vance serves on the board of American Friends of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel and the Midwest advisory board for the American Associates of Ben Gurian University of the Negev for which he is a part of the national planned giving committee.
Vance has a Peer Review Rating of “AV” (highest certification) by Martindale Hubbell, a leading professional directory. He also is ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” in Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Commercial Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law by Leading Lawyers Network.


Northwestern University, JD, cum laude, 1977

Grinnell College, BA, with honors, 1974