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Levenfeld Pearlstein Boosts Litigation, Corporate Practices with Addition of Four Attorneys


January 29, 2009

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Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC announced the addition of four new attorneys to the firm in the areas of litigation and corporate law. Michael J. Kelly has joined the firm as head of Levenfeld Pearlstein’s Construction Law Service Group, while Laura Friedel joins as a partner in the Labor and Employment Service Group. Both will be members of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, which also welcomes Elizabeth B. Vandesteeg as an associate. In addition, David B. Solomon has joined Levenfeld Pearlstein as chair of the firm’s ESOP Service Group and a partner in the Corporate Practice Group.

Mr. Kelly joins Levenfeld Pearlstein from construction law boutique, Stein Ray & Harris LLP. His practice focuses on construction litigation and the many facets of the construction process, including contract drafting and negotiation, insurance issues, project and claims management, and the resolution of construction and other real estate disputes through mediation, arbitration and complex civil litigation.

Mr. Kelly earned his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also holds a Masters in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York.

Ms. Friedel comes to Levenfeld Pearlstein from the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. She provides business-focused, practical advice across the full spectrum of labor and employment issues, including: union/management relations, reductions in force, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower issues, discrimination, employment-related agreements, restrictive covenants, and temporary staffing relationships. Ms. Friedel works with clients to develop employment policies and practices in order to avoid disputes, and represents companies before state and federal courts and government agencies. She serves as chair of the Equal Pay Act Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Litigation Committee.

Ms. Friedel earned her A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis and her J.D. from University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Solomon joins the firm from Chicago law firm, Pedersen & Houpt. He concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private and venture capital, banking, finance, and employee benefits and executive compensation. In addition to his representation of clients in traditional M&A transactions, Mr. Solomon has extensive experience in transactions involving the use of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) to facilitate the purchase of a business. Mr. Solomon is an officer of the Illinois Chapter of the ESOP Association and is a frequent speaker on ESOP-related topics.

Mr. Solomon has represented and counseled numerous parties engaged in complex mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and also has extensive experience with transactions representing management in their purchase of both private and public businesses through Employee Stock Ownership Plans.

Mr. Solomon earned his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.

Ms. Vandesteeg comes to Levenfeld Pearlstein after serving as an associate at Stein Ray & Harris LLP. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration in the areas of construction, business and bankruptcy. Ms. Vandesteeg has represented clients in both state and federal courts, and has assisted clients in all phases of mediation, arbitration, and litigation, including dispute prevention, drafting of pleadings and motions, managing discovery, interviewing witnesses, taking and defending depositions, negotiating settlements, and coordinating with clients, opposing counsel and insurers.

Ms. Vandesteeg earned her B.A. from Columbia University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School.


About Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC: Founded in 1999, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC ( provides unusually good legal counsel and business advice to sophisticated clients in matters involving corporate and securities law, real estate, and litigation. With more than 75 attorneys and offices in Chicago and Northbrook, Ill., the firm possesses the resources and depth to manage the most complex matters, while ensuring that the needs of all clients are met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.

Filed under: Corporate, Litigation

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