Simone A. Randolph
Simone is a partner in the Financial Services & Restructuring Group. She focuses on representing clients in a wide range of complex financing transactions, including syndicated, mezzanine and construction financing. She also advises lenders on loan purchases, sales, restructurings, and modifications. Simone has represented lending institutions and borrowers in thousands of financing transactions throughout the country.
Additionally, Simone has significant experience advising clients in sophisticated real estate matters, including, but not limited to, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, ground leasing, and property and facilities management issues and disputes.
Taking a collaborative approach to client service, Simone provides creative and strategic solutions to challenges inherent to complex transactions.
Simone earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, magna cum laude, from Duke University. Among other awards and recognitions, she was recognized as a Notable Rising Star in Law in 2021 by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Active in the Chicago community, Simone serves on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation, which provides scholarships to young women pursuing law degrees. She is also an executive board member and board vice chair of the Chicago Loop Alliance, which works to promote and support businesses and revitalize the city’s central business district.
In her spare time, Simone enjoys learning new languages, finding new fitness challenges, traveling as much as possible, and exploring the outdoors
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Education & Admissions
- Harvard Law School, J.D.
- Duke University, B.A., magna cum laude
- New York
- Chicago Loop Alliance, Vice Board Chair and Executive Committee Member
- Women’s Bar Foundation, Board Member
- Black Women Lawyers’ Association, Fitness and Wellness Committee Chair
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law, 2022-2023
- Rising Star in Law, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2021
- Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2020
- Illinois Emerging Lawyer in Real Estate: Commercial and Finance, and Secured Transactions, Law Bulletin Media’s Leading Lawyers, 2019-2020
- LCLD Fellow, 2021
- LCLD Pathfinder, 2016
If you weren’t an attorney, what would you be?
I would be a linguist – I am absolutely obsessed with languages and all the fascinating connections between history, culture and language.
What is the most interesting part of your job?
As an attorney that works in real estate finance and real estate, seeing the tangible manifestation of my work! I love to see active and thriving neighborhoods and communities emerge from underutilized spaces.
What’s your favorite book?
A tie between “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, and “The Egypt Game” by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
What’s the best compliment you ever received from a client?
“You always think of answers to the questions I forget to ask!”