Elizabeth Bleakley is the founding principal of Bleakley Law LLC, a Chicago loop law firm that focuses on helping small and middle market businesses and business owners meet their legal needs. Practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate governance, business operations, and estate planning and probate. Before practicing law, Elizabeth was a Branch President and Qualification Center Manager for a national consumer finance company. She was then a Regional Manager for a growth stage business venture, which was ultimately acquired. As part of the transition, she helped launch five new regional centers and built a new department with independent risk management oversight for eight regional processing centers.
Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and author for both the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association and has chaired a number of committees for both organizations. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a former ABA Business Law Fellow. Elizabeth is a past President of the Chicago Association for Business Economics and of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club. She was an adjunct professor for DePaul University for four years where she taught a course on analyzing leadership. Elizabeth has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance, strategy, and entrepreneurship, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent, and a B.A. from DePaul University.
Elizabeth served as an advocate for her son from pre-school through college graduation and for her husband, both of whom received services for communication disorders. She is passionate about helping individuals communicate meaningfully with the world around them. She has also worked as a volunteer attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and with Access Living on matters related to disabled adults and sits on the Board of Meals on Wheels Chicago.