As Chair of the Family Enterprise practice at CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES, Robin Letchinger brings years of experience focused on family businesses, family enterprises, and family offices. As general counsel for a multigenerational family holding company with multiple subsidiaries across North America and Australia, Robin developed a keen awareness of the hard and soft issues challenging multigenerational families, providing strategic solutions that balanced business, personal, and tax goals. Previously, she served six years as a member of the company’s board, ultimately chairing its compensation committee.
Robin currently also serves as a board member and chair of the governance committee for a seventh-generation family holding company with an investment portfolio and multiple operating subsidiaries in cold storage warehousing, logistics, and real estate.
Robin is a first-chair trial lawyer and, throughout her career, has specialized in complex commercial matters, including most recently a 5-month bench trial involving a trust dispute. Prior to accepting her general counsel role, she spent 13 years as a capital partner and litigation practice group co-chair at a medium-size business law firm, representing closely held and family-owned businesses, as well as financial institutions and public companies, across a range of industries in a variety of business-related litigation and transactional matters. Robin began her legal career at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon (merged into Locke Lord, LLP) in the commercial litigation group.
Briefly stepping outside the legal industry, Robin was the first Enterprise Family Market Leader at Family Office Exchange. In that role, she advised family offices and family enterprises on identifying opportunities and risks, allocating family capital, optimizing their governance structures, and educating the rising generations.
Robin prides herself on delivering compassion and care to her clients, taking the time to ask incisive questions, helping them understand their risks, and then working creatively and collaboratively to find effective solutions.
Beyond her professional work, Robin is dedicated to the nonprofit sector, serving on the boards of organizations focused on supporting those who lack freedom from domestic violence, economic security, access to healthcare, and fair housing. She was a two-term member of the Board of the Chicago Foundation for Women, after serving for several years on the Eleanor Foundation Board. She also served on the Board of Open Communities.