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Karen A. Tobin

Senior Counsel


Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 2001

Indiana University, B.S., 1987 



Karen’s exposure as a corporate liaison to three outside law firms in dealing with company formations, commercial lease negotiations, and working with governmental organizations relating to planning and development of real estate intrigued her so much that she decided to become an attorney herself. Today, Karen is a knowledgeable and respected attorney, assisting small and mid-sized companies in the areas of business formation, reorganization, corporate maintenance, and qualifications in multiple jurisdictions. 

Karen has immeasurable experience in maintaining business entity client files for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. She routinely assists clients in the formation of new business entities, raising of capital through Regulation D and Regulation A, preparation of private placement memoranda and associated agreements, and is very familiar with the filing process of the Illinois Secretary of State, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Karen has in-depth knowledge and experience with not for profit corporate formation and qualification of tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service for both 501 (c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations. She is instrumental in qualifying organizations for Women Business Enterprise Certification, Minority Business Enterprise Certification, and Disadvantaged Business Certifications as well as annual recertification’s. Karen has experience in small claims contract litigation, shareholder dispute settlement negotiation, and litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and fraudulent conveyance.

Prior to her legal career, Karen served as development director for a commercial and residential development company. She was directly responsible for the initial start-up of new residential and commercial developments, commercial leasing efforts, and monitoring advertising and promotional efforts. Included in her responsibilities were site selection, pro-forma analysis and due diligence, rezoning, as well as proposal submissions to the City of Chicago of Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in the planned unit development process.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), McHenry County Bar Association; Woodstock Chamber of Commerce; Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce; Heartland Realtor Organization, Ambassador, Task Force, Contracts and Forms Committee
  • Board Member: YMCA 


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