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Eileen Sethna is a partner in the Banking & Restructuring Group. She is a trusted adviser to banks, financial institutions, 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. 

Eileen listens to her clients to determine a strategic approach that will achieve their specific needs and goals. She guides them through underwriting, diligence, structuring, transactions, reorganizations, workouts and other matters of insolvency. Often dealing with multifaceted and difficult matters, Eileen’s breadth and depth of knowledge and her client-first approach has helped clients successfully navigate diverse challenges. 

A veteran trial lawyer before both judges and juries, Eileen has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation. Since 2006 she has represented the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer and was appointed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. Eileen clerked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in child support enforcement and for the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court. 

In 2019, Eileen was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a “Notable Gen X Leader in Law.” She was also recognized by this publication in 2018 as one of the city’s “Notable Women Lawyers,” for being an accomplished woman attorney who works diligently to effect positive change, serves as a mentor to other women, and commits her time and talents to charitable organizations. 

Eileen is active in her community and is a devoted member of and passionate advocate for Misericordia. Serving on both their Advisory and Women’s Boards, Eileen is committed to raising awareness for children and adults with intellectual and developmental challenges. 


Education
The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2002
Providence College, B.A., 1996
Bar Admissions
Illinois, 2002
New York, 2018
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 2011
Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2008
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2005
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2002
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, Women’s Board member
Misericordia Advisory Board, appointed 2017 to present
Misericordia Women's Board, joined 2012 to present
Special Olympics Inspire Greatness Gala Committee, 2017-2018
Chicago Bar Association, member since 2004
Notable Gen X Leaders in Law, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2019
Notable Women Lawyers, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2018
Leading Lawyer 2019
Leading Lawyer 2018

Q&A

If I weren't an attorney, what would you be?
I am an avid sports fan and spent a significant part of my childhood at the Boston Garden and Fenway Park cheering on my beloved Celtics and Red Sox. So, if I weren't an attorney, I would love to be a sports broadcaster.
What’s one thing someone would be surprised to know about you?
I was the captain of the Men's Golf Team in high school.
What’s the best compliment you ever received in the context of being a lawyer?
A furiously obstructionist witness slammed his hands on the table in the fifth hour of a deposition and screamed, "does your mother know what you do?"
What was the first concert you went to?
Grateful Dead, Boston Garden.

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