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Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella is a Chicago law firm focusing on the needs of businesses, the individuals and families who operate or invest in them, and not-for-profit organizations. The firm was founded in 1992 with a commitment to provide a wide range of legal services of the highest quality while remaining small enough to deliver those services efficiently and personally to large and small clients alike. Our success has been fueled by the growth and prosperity of our clients, many of whom we have guided through business opportunities and challenges.



Our client base is a mix of publicly traded companies, privately owned businesses of all types, including regional manufacturers and entrepreneurial startups, and individuals, including some of Forbes’ “400 Wealthiest Americans.” Since 1992, each of our clients has been served through an attorney who is personally committed to their needs and supported by specialists as required to deal with a wide variety of issues. This personal service model is the foundation of the many long-term client relationships we have maintained and drives our commitment to seek new clients who will become our long-term clients of the future.


Jeffrey D. Warren, Partner

Mr. Warren concentrates on corporate representation, with special emphasis on closely held businesses, and on commercial real estate transactions.

He represents privately held companies in various industries and their owners in all types of transactions, and provides counsel to them on organizational, governance and succession planning issues.  For many of these companies, he acts as outside “general counsel,” providing advice and representation concerning strategic planning and relations with investors, customers, suppliers, landlords, business partners, lenders and employees.

He assists his clients nationally in all phases of commercial real estate activity and development including land acquisition and due diligence investigations, entitlements, ownership syndication, such as private placements, financing, construction, management, leasing and sales. Mr. Warren also represents clients in connection with workouts of troubled real estate projects. He has extensive experience in negotiating, obtaining and monetizing governmental financial incentives, such as tax increment financing, community improvement district, special service district and business district subsidies, to support redevelopment of distressed shopping centers throughout the country.

Mr. Warren has more than 35 years of experience serving as outside counsel to mortgage bankers, manufactured housing lenders, banks, finance companies, credit unions and financial call centers in a variety of transactions and regulatory matters, and in the formulation and implementation of their finance and service programs.

Bar Admissions

Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1972; U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1977; U.S. Supreme Court, 1978

Education

Carleton College and Northwestern University (B.A., 1968)

The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1972)

Professional and Civic Involvement

Firm liaison to the Chicago Family Business Council; Member, Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association (former Chair, 1998-2008, Legislative Committee); Member, Mortgage Bankers Association of America (Member, Legal Issues Committee and Regulatory Compliance Committee); Member, International Council of Shopping Centers; Trustee, Glenkirk Foundation

Professional Recognition

Illinois Super Lawyer since 2005
Illinois Leading Lawyer since 2003

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Rachel Yarch, Partner

Rachel Yarch chairs the Firm’s Labor and Employment law practice group. She represents employers in all aspects of the law including client counseling, training, benefits and litigation.

Rachel is highly experienced in handling litigated matters including general liability, civil rights, and insurance claims from investigation through trial. She regularly lectures on employment law and and provides training on various employment matters such as wages, sexual harassment prevention and more.

Education

Michigan State University (B.A., Political Science/Pre-Law, 1998)

DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 2001)

Professional and Civic Involvement

Defense Research Institute; National Association of College and University Attorneys; Board of Directors, Lakeview YMCA

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Mary McWilliams, Partner