We know your business matters.

We're a full-service firm where the law is practiced with passion and pragmatism. We've built our reputation on sophisticated work and immersive relationships with our clients. We champion big ideas over big law, and high-touch service over high cost. We care deeply about the quality of our work and believe fresh perspectives are better than the same old, same old. We know the legal landscape is always changing, and we’re committed to making strategic, forward-thinking decisions to ensure we are positioned to serve our clients now and well into the future. 

When a law firm is confident enough to do things differently, well, that’s a firm that gets your business.

"At Much Shelist, our growth is driven primarily by our clients' needs. Our ability to identify and meet those needs is a direct result of the close working relationships we have with our clients and our deep understanding of their challenges and opportunities."

- David T. Brown, Chairman

Best of both worlds.

We represent privately held businesses, public companies and high-net-worth individuals at every phase of business growth and transition. From start-ups to micro-caps to Fortune 1000 global leaders, we’re there for you. Our attorneys are experienced in legal disciplines essential to any business operation, including areas of law typically found only at small boutiques or the mega firms. At Much Shelist, it’s the best of both worlds.


Happy lawyers do the best work.

You want people on your team who love what they do. You need productive attorneys who show up ready to make a difference. The benefits of a great workplace culture and a unique approach to the practice of law extend directly to our clients. Learn more about our culture.


Bragging rights.

We think the way we practice law is unique, but don't just take our word for it. For six years total (and four consecutive years), the National Law Journal selected Much Shelist as one of only 20 firms featured on its Midsize Hot List. Our attorneys and practice groups are regularly recognized as leaders in their field by Chambers & Partners, Martindale-Hubbell, U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers, among others. We have also been named by the Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago's top 100 workplaces for six consecutive years from 2012 to 2017. 

It starts with service.

One key principle has always guided us: The success of our clients ultimately defines our own success. What does the client experience look like at Much Shelist? Responsive. Accessible. High-touch. We provide practical answers and sophisticated solutions tailored to your industry, as well as your specific business objectives.


24/7, 365.

Need your attorney to hop on an international conference call at 5:00 a.m.? No problem. Have two weeks to close a particularly complicated deal? Let’s get started. Want to clear your head on a run and discuss the best approach to a critical problem? Where would you like to meet? We know that business never stops. And when it comes to being there for our clients, neither do we.

Chicago, Orange County and beyond.

We know that business—no matter your size—can be local, regional, national and international. That’s why Much Shelist is a longtime member of Ally Law, a network of more than 60 independent law firms with 2,400 lawyers practicing in over 100 business centers worldwide. Whether you’re expanding into a foreign market, seeking to develop vendor relationships overseas or sourcing top talent wherever it is found, Much Shelist, in partnership with another member firm, can help. Our connections are local, national and global. And they’re your connections, too.