Jessica B. Fairchild is an experienced business attorney and executive with more than 21 years of legal experience in large law firm, in-house, and small firm private practice.
As a Founding Partner of CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES, Jessica has sought to develop long-standing relationships with clients, often serving as outside general counsel. Jessica looks to provide top-notch legal services combined with practical advice to both the business and legal clients she advises. Jessica’s practice focuses on M&A, venture capital and general corporate work. Her clients include private companies, private business founders and CEO’s, high net worth individuals and family offices.
Jessica has been practicing in a boutique law firm setting since 2010 with several firms before co-founding Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres. Jessica also served as the General Counsel of Chicago 2016 from January 2007 through December 2009; Chicago 2016 was the not-for-profit organization that led Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In this role, Jessica handled a wide variety of legal and strategic issues, was a direct advisor to the organization’s senior management & Board of Directors, and managed a legal department which oversaw all legal matters for Chicago 2016. Jessica also worked closely with the chief legal officers and other staff of the City of Chicago and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Jessica also served as counsel to World Business Chicago with regard to hosting of the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012.
Prior to that, Jessica was a member of the Corporate and Securities practice of Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago office beginning in August 2000. As an attorney at Sidley, Jessica practiced in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law.
Jessica was recognized as a “40 under 40” person to watch by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2009. In college, Jessica was a member of the University of Illinois Women’s Tennis Team.
Jessica is a member of the American Bar Association.
Jessica serves on the Firm’s Management Committee and the Office of General Counsel.