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Crain’s Chicago Business Recognizes Suzanne Karbarz Rovner and Eileen Sethna Among 2024 Notable Women Lawyers


February 20, 2024

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CHICAGO, February 20, 2024 – Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC (LP) is pleased to announce that Suzanne Karbarz Rovner and Eileen Sethna – partners in the firm’s Real Estate and Financial Services & Restructuring Groups, respectively – have been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business among its 2024 “Notable Women Lawyers.”

Suzanne Karbarz Rovner is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of construction law, including advising clients on effective strategies for project execution, drafting and negotiating contracts, and enforcing contractual rights and obligations. Rovner advises owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers in construction projects throughout the country. When disputes arise, Rovner advocates on behalf of her clients to resolve the dispute through settlement negotiation, litigation, or alternative dispute resolution. She also has experience handling government contract and federal procurement matters, including bid protests, claims, administrative appeals, and suspension and debarment.

Eileen Sethna is a partner in and leader of the firm’s Financial Services & Restructuring Group. With over two decades of experience, she is a trusted adviser to banks, financial institutions, private equity firms, hedge funds, real estate investors, and business owners. Given her experience representing both lenders and borrowers, clients lean on her vast wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry. In the past year, Sethna led a team that successfully resolved a high-profile bankruptcy matter in which hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake for her client, obtaining the largest “cure” award ever granted to a landlord in connection with the assumption and assignment of a lease.

“Each of these women are brilliant attorneys who are committed to exceptional client service,” said Managing Partner Jeffery Hoffenberg. “As colleagues, we see and appreciate their immense contributions to our clients, the firm, and the legal industry on a daily basis – and we are thrilled that they have received this wider recognition as well.”

Past firm recipients of Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women Lawyers honor include Lauren Friedel, Elizabeth O’Brien, Elizabeth (Lisa) Vandesteeg, Sheri Warsh and Lauren Wolven. Eileen Sethna has previously been named among Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women Lawyers in 2018 and 2020.

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About Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC: Chicago-based Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC provides legal and business counsel to sophisticated clients across a broad range of corporate, tax, real estate, estate planning, and litigation matters. LP works with clients to understand the full impact of the law on their businesses and proactively addresses their legal issues so that they can quickly return to doing what they do best. While the firm possesses the resources and depth necessary to manage the most complex matters as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, it truly differentiates itself through its commitment to “The LP Way” – the firm’s model for creating an unparalleled client experience. Visit our website at, and follow us on LinkedIn at @levenfeld-pearlstein.

Filed under: Financial Services & Restructuring, Real Estate

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