Kimberly A. Pendo, Attorney, Chicago Law Partners
Contracting: What’s Changing and Emerging as Best Practices – A Fireside Chat
Kimberly A. Pendo is a founding Member of Chicago Law Partners, LLC. Kimberly practices not-for-profit and corporate law and serves as the Firm's Chief Operating Officer. Kimberly counsels trade and professional associations, charitable organizations, and other types of not-forprofit organizations, providing advice on all aspects of their operations and corporate governance, including intellectual property, contract, tax, electronic communication, privacy, employment, antitrust, chapter and affiliate relations, certification and credentialing, and related matters.
Kimberly is a frequent speaker on association-related topics and a regular contributor to association magazines and newsletters. Kimberly is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, where she has served as the Chair of the Legal Section Council and ASAE Legal Symposium in Chicago. She also is a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and has served as the Chair of the Forum’s Political Action and Public Policy Committees, as a PAC Trustee, and as a member of the editorial committee of its monthly publication FORUM. She also is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Trade & Professional Associations Law Committee.
Kimberly also has an extensive business and corporate background, including broad experience in legal matters related to the entertainment, banking, venture capital, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, scientific research, manufacturing and distribution, retail, and computer software industries. She has assisted numerous clients with venture capital investments, private placements of securities, complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities registration and compliance and other commercial transactions. In 2014, Kimberly was awarded the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award by the Association Forum of Chicagoland in recognition of her outstanding, long-term volunteer service. The Cook County Bar Association presented Kimberly with its President’s Award in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding service to the association.
As part of her work within the association community, Kimberly played a key role in authoring a series of recent amendments that updated and modernized the Illinois Not For Profit Corporation Act on behalf of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.
Kimberly earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1998. In 1995, she graduated summa cum laude, with distinction and honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was named to the University's Bronze Tablet. She was also a James Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. Kimberly was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1998. She has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell®.