I believe we can build the world we’d truly like to see. One where vibrant, cooperatively-owned and independent businesses bring wealth and fun to the community. You are living your dream and making a better world. You are building the new economy.
I’m energized to help you succeed. That’s why I focus on business law for independent local businesses and cooperatives, and the capital fund-raising that makes it all possible.
Since 2012, I’ve worked for food cooperatives, worker cooperatives, solo entrepreneurs, LLCs, and corporations. I provide creative organizational documents that implement cooperative principles and tax advantages, I give cost-effective basic legal advice for businesses, and I clarify securities law for entrepreneurs raising money.
Before opening my law practice in 2012, I served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General, handling hundreds of complaints from citizens seeking to hold their governments accountable under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act.
I love cycling for transportation and recreation, and I love being involved in my community. I cycled year round in Chicago (yes, every winter) from 2001 to 2013. I really enjoy putting on empowering workshops, so from 2001 to 2007, I taught folks, mostly women, about how to fix their own bikes. In 2004 – 2005, I helped start the HUB Housing Cooperative, a 6-unit member-owned housing co-op in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, where I lived with my husband and my son until we moved to California in 2013. We used consensus decision-making on a regular basis. We now live in a consensus-based co-op in Berkeley.
National Cooperative Business Association, Cooperative Professionals group.
Events and Appearances
- Teach-in at SELC’s Legal Cafe on How to Crowdfund a House, Berkeley CA, 3/12/2014. Here are my slides from that presentation (a PowerPoint download).
- Panel on starting a housing co-op, hosted by LivingRoom Realty, Chicago IL, 3/20/2013
- Guest presenter on ways to share housing at New Community Vision’s Housing Mixer, Evanston IL, 4/28/2013
- Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago, panel on cooperative housing, Chicago IL, 11/3/2012
New Legal Rule Will Open Floodgates to Business Investment on www.triplepundit.com
Starting a Benefit Corporation? Should You Incorporate in Delaware? on www.triplepundit.com.
Crowdfunding: The Legal Need-to-Know on www.under30ceo.com.
Illinois, 2010, bar number 6303653
California, 2013, bar number 294410
J.D. magna cum laude, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2010.
A.B., Princeton University, 2001. I majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minored in Women and Gender Studies. I also learned about cooperation, bread-baking, and composting at the vegetarian co-op, 2 Dickinson Street.