Prior to becoming partner at CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES, Timothy “Timmy” Knudsen was a transactional attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he advised venture capital, private equity and other corporate clients through transactions and as outside general counsel. Timmy brings a unique experience in the venture capital space, where he has represented emerging companies, founders and investors alike at a variety of stages and sizes.
Timmy has received national recognition (including by Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune and other publications) for a deep commitment to pro bono that includes immigration services for asylum-seekers and assisting not for profit corporations in obtaining tax-exempt status. Since 2015, he has successfully represented several LGBTQ asylum seekers through their immigration proceedings.
During law school at the Illinois College of Law, Timmy served as Senator Richard J. Durbin’s law clerk to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and was admissions editor of the Illinois Law Review. Timmy is honored to have been included among Crain’s “2020 Notable LGBTQ Executives” list and the inaugural 30 Under 30 list of LGBTQ Leaders by the Windy City Times and recipient of the 2018 Katten national ‘Excellence in Service Award’.
Timmy serves as the Chair of the City of Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals. In the government affairs realm, Timmy serves as a trusted advisor to public officials at the federal and local levels. His other recent civic engagement includes having served as an original member of the Lightfoot for Chicago Finance Committee and Chairman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward Judicial Candidate Review Board. In 2021, he was named a fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago, joining an accomplished group of civic-minded individuals for a 10-month immersive program designed to develop the next generation of Chicago’s bold, transformative leaders.