Emerging companies, founders, and investors in the venture capital space rely on Timothy “Timmy” Knudsen’s unique and substantive experience advising clients through complex transactions. Timothy also serves as outside general counsel for many of his clients. Prior to becoming partner at CROKE FAIRCHILD MORGAN & BERES, Timmy 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 also brings substantial civic experience to his practice. He currently 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. He also 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.
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. He was also recipient of the 2018 Katten national Excellence in Service Award.