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Chicago, Illinois 60606

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Tulane University Law School
J.D., cum laude (1985)
University of Illinois
B.S. (1982)
Institute for American Universities
French Study Program (1980)

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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


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Catherine C. Gryczan


Catherine Gryczan is a member of the firm's corporate group and life sciences team. She is experienced in M&A and other business transactions and in advising on business transition strategies. She advises clients on the full business life cycle, including entity formation, equity funding, credit facilities, operations, and sale of the company or business. Catherine has counseled a wide array of clients, including multinational medical products companies, a railcar company, an American subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer, U.S. manufacturers with overseas operations, an innovative biotech company that produces specialty enzyme products, professional services firms, various consumer goods retailers and other privately held middle market companies. Catherine is a trusted advisor to her clients and often serves as an extension of in-house legal departments or as outside general counsel.


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2007-09, 2012, 2015-17
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2009

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • The Entrepreneurship Institute — Board Member, 2007-present
  • Women in Bio, 2011-present
  • Women in International Trade — Director of Programming, 1990-91 (Vice President, 1993-96)

Civic Activities

  • Mt. Carmel High School Mothers' Club Board, 2013
  • Riverside Little League — President, 2006-10; Vice President, 2011-2012; Board of Directors, 2003-2012
  • Riverside Junior Woman's Charity — Website Chair, 2003-06; Member, 2002-present
  • Child's Play Touring Theatre — Board Member, 1989-1996; Treasurer, 1995; President, 1996-1998


  • Preparing a Company for Sale — Maximizing Curb Appeal
    Panel Moderator, Faegre Baker Daniels Seventh Annual M&A Conference, October 11, 2012
  • Estate and Business Planning: Fail to Plan and Risk Death of Your Wealth
    Panel Moderator, The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, October 4, 2012
  • Business Transition Strategies and Growing Your Business Through M&A
    The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, October 2011
  • Chicago-Kent International Law Career Day
    Presenter, 2011
  • What Path Do I Take:  Acquire or Sell - Joint Ventures or Alliances
     The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, 2008, 2009
  • Realizing Opportunities in the International Arena,
    Presenter and Panel Moderator, The Entrepreneurship Institute: Chicago Presidents' Symposium, 2007
  • Hot Topics in Business Law: International Transactions Update
    Faculty, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007

Published Articles

  • Credit Tightening Survival Checklist
    Faegre Baker Daniels Corporate Finance News, Spring 2009
  • Enhancing the Value of Your Business: Planning Your Exit Strategy
    The Presidents' Symposium of Chicago, 2009


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