Eileen Sethna is a partner in and chair of the Financial Services and 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.
Eileen was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020 and 2018 as one of the city’s “Notable Women Lawyers,” for her legal accomplishments and her service to the community. In 2020, she was recognized as a Notable Women in the Law by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In 2019, Eileen was recognized by this publication as a “Notable Gen X Leader in Law.”
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.