Robert F. Finke

Partner at Mayer Brown LLP

Robert F. Finke

Robert F. Finke

Partner at Mayer Brown LLP

Biography

Robert Finke has a practice that emphasizes antitrust counseling and litigation; general commercial litigation; and corporate matters. He is viewed as "a smart and thorough lawyer who gives sage advice " (Chambers USA 2007).

Bob has extensive litigation experience in both civil and criminal investigations and trials, involving antitrust, financing and financial institutions, toxic torts and mass disasters, product liability (automotive, chemical, and manufacturing), and general commercial contract and business matters. His experience also extends to the management of complex litigation, the proper use of outside counsel, and alternate dispute resolution.

Additionally, Bob represents and counsels businesses on the antitrust aspects of acquisitions and mergers; lender liability; work-outs and restructurings; distribution; pricing; and employee confidentiality, trade secret, and non-competition agreements. He joined Mayer Brown in 1967.

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Senior Vice President & General Counsel at W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Legal Officer at Hill-Rom, Inc.

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Higgins Development Partners LLC

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Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

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Former Vice Chairman at Northern Trust Corporation

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Former Chief Executive Officer at American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

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Former Management Training Program at Inland Steel Company

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Rush University Medical Center

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Chief Development Officer at Rush University Medical Center

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Robert F. Finke
Partner at Mayer Brown LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1966

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

AB with Distinction in High Honors
Class of 1963

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, UMich, or U of M), frequently referred to as simply Michigan, is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. It is the state's oldest university and the flagship campus of the University of Michigan. It is one of the original eight Public Ivy universities and is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. It has been ranked among the top five research universities in the US, and among the top 20 universities in the world. U-M also has satellite campuses in Flint and Dearborn.

Memberships
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Current

University Club of Chicago is an American private company located in Chicago, IL, that operates as an social club.

Member
Current

The Economic Club of Chicago was organized in 1927 "to aid in the creation and expression of an enlightened public opinion on the important economic and social questions of the day.” Equally important, through its membership policies, the Club works to identify upcoming young leaders to insure a continuum of knowledge and traditions within Chicago’s civic and business community as the torch of leadership passes from one generation to the next.

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Current

The Lawyers Club of Chicago consists of approximately 600 lawyers and judges in the Chicago area. Since 1883, the Club (through its predecessor clubs, The Law Club of Chicago and the Legal Club of Chicago) has promoted social interaction, professionalism and tolerant discussions of questions of interest among lawyers and judges in Chicago.

Career History
Partner
1967 - Current

Mayer Brown LLP provides legal services in areas of banking and finance; corporate and securities; litigation and dispute resolution; antitrust and competition; U.S. Supreme Court and appellate matters; employment and benefits; environmental; financial services regulatory and enforcement; government and global trade; intellectual property; real estate; tax; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and wealth management. The company was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Boards & Committees
Vice Chairman
Prior

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$7,500 - $10K
2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

$7,500 - $10K
2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of the world’s great opera companies. It is renowned internationally for its artistic excellence and financial strength. Founded in 1954, Lyric has always distinguished itself by presenting the finest international singers, conductors, directors, and designers in classic and less-familiar operatic repertoire and in world-premiere productions.

$10K - $25K
2014

The mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. The Garden continues to strive to meet the lofty goals set more than a century ago. The Chicago Botanic Garden, with its world-renowned plant collections and displays, is one of the country's most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. The 385-acre Garden features 26 display gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. HISTORY The Chicago Horticultural Society was founded in 1890. At its heart was the understanding that the city of Chicago was incorporated with the Latin words Urbs in Horto, meaning "city in a garden." The Society hosted nationally recognized flower and horticultural shows from its beginning. Information on the first show the new Society hosted is lost to history, but records archived at the Chicago Botanic Garden confirm the second show was held in the autumn of 1892 at the Regiment Armory, possibly at 1542 South Michigan Avenue, where a new armory opened in 1890. With two successful annual shows behind them, the Society next hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition Chrysanthemum Show, held in conjunction with the world’s fair in the autumn of 1893, at the newly built and just-opened Art Institute of Chicago. After a period of inactivity, the Chicago Horticultural Society was restarted in 1943. In 1962, modern history begins when the Society agreed to help create and manage a new public garden. With the groundbreaking for the Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission. The mission encompasses three important components: collections, education, and research. In 2012, the Chicago Botanic Garden celebrated its 40th anniversary. In looking back over the Garden's growth since 1972, Garden staff, members, and visitors could appreciate the remarkable changes that had taken place. The 40th anniversary website included a timeline of significant events, historical photos, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences at the Garden

Political Donations
$1,000
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,000
2009

Former Senator from Illinois

$1,000
2009

Minority Whip at Office of the Senate Minority Whip, Richard J. Durbin

Awards & Honors
1968
Court Admission: US Supreme Court
1966
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
Other Affiliations

Robert F. Finke is affiliated with Mayer Brown LLP, American Bar Association

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