Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres Recognized by Chambers for Excellence in Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Work

June 6, 2024

Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC (CFDB), the entrepreneurial law firm founded by big law alumni and recognized as one of the fastest-growing certified women-owned law firms in the nation, is proud to be recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the nation’s top law firms.

In this year’s Chambers USA Directory, the firm has been ranked as a leading firm in Corporate/M&A & Private Equity work, and CFDB partner Ari Krigel is ranked as a leading attorney in Real Estate.

The directory quotes a CFDB client as saying, “”They are super competent attorneys who provide excellent service.”

The firm makes its debut in the prestigious Chambers directory as a Band 5 provider of Corporate/M&A & Private Equity services in Illinois. CFDB is one of only 24 firms in the Illinois market to be ranked as a leader in this area of work and, having been founded just over four years ago, it is the youngest firm on the list by at least two decades.

CFDB M&A attorneys routinely represent both buyers and sellers in transactions that help define the future of their enterprises. The team works with family offices, family businesses, fund sponsors and public companies across a range of industries on their most pivotal transactions. “This recognition is a testament to the exceptional talent and dedication of our team at CFDB. We are honored to be acknowledged among the top Corporate/M&A firms in Illinois,” stated Jessica Fairchild, firm co-founder and co-head of the firm’s Corporate/M&A practice group.

Partner Ari Krigel, who joined CFDB earlier this year, is one of only 67 lawyers serving the Illinois market to be ranked as a leader in Real Estate work. Listed as a Band 4 provider by Chambers, Krigel is described by a client as “a very good technician” and one who “wants to do the best for his clients, no matter the requirements.”

“Since joining CFDB, Ari has truly hit the ground running, bringing an outstanding level of expertise and dedication that has significantly bolstered our Real Estate practice,” said Patrick Croke, co-founder of CFDB.

Widely considered to be the definitive guide of the top lawyers and firms around the world, Chambers employs an extensive research process to enable decision makers at global blue-chip firms to secure the legal talent that’s right for them.


About Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres:

A full-service law firm with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC is home to a diverse team of trusted advisors and counselors valued for their legal skill, intellectual curiosity and commitment to forging pragmatic solutions. The firm’s clients include entrepreneurs, investors, growth-stage companies, family offices, family businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Croke Fairchild is also a certified women’s business enterprise and a member of the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). For more information, visit


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