DREW L. BERES | FOUNDING PARTNER
Prior to co-founding CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES, Drew was a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Drew is a highly experienced transactional lawyer who has advised on a variety of matters spanning both the private and public sectors. Drew’s corporate practice focuses primarily on investment fund formation, the structure and operation of investment funds and their related management companies and general corporate matters including growth investments, M&A transactions, and ongoing strategic counsel and guidance. In the investment fund space, Drew has advised on the formation of private equity and real estate funds ranging in size from $150 million to over $2 billion.
Prior to Kirkland, Drew served as the General Counsel and Deputy Chief Operating Officer to the Treasurer of the City of Chicago. As General Counsel, Drew oversaw all compliance with federal, state and local laws relating to the investment and management of the City’s $6+ billion portfolio, government ethics, employment, and procurement. Drew also directed the Office’s legislative activities with the Chicago City Council and the Illinois General Assembly. Prior to law school, Drew served as the Special Assistant to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and as a Mayoral Fellow in the Office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Drew has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. His civic engagement includes serving on the Board of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, the Advisory Board of Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man program, and on the steering committee of the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Commemoration.
A born-and-raised Chicagoan, Drew received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a J.D., cum laude, from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review.