Women in Law 2023



S imone Randolph is a partner in the Financial Services & Restructuring Group. Taking a collaborative approach to client service, Simone provides creative and strategic solutions to challenges inherent to complex transactions. She strives to unlock the most beneficial results for her clients by anticipating and addressing the critical legal and business issues facing them. Her drive to think creatively and strategically about client concerns stems from a deep intellectual curiosity and an energetic approach to life. As an attorney who helps clients with finance and real estate financing issues, she enjoys seeing the tangible manifestation of her legal work. In particular, she thrives on seeing active, flourishing neighborhoods and communities emerge from underutilized spaces. Her practice focuses on representing clients in a wide range of complex financing transactions, including syndicated, mezzanine, and construction financing. She also advises lenders on loan purchases, sales, restructurings, and modifications. Simone has represented lending institutions and borrowers in thousands of financing transactions throughout the country. Additionally, Simone has significant experience advising clients in sophisticated real estate matters, including, but not limited to, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, ground leasing, and property and facilities management issues and disputes. Simone navigates complex projects and financing arrangements with an informed and nuanced approach. She has previous experience structuring joint venture agreements for prime operators and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBEs), counseling clients on the preparation and

submission of their ACDBE applications. Simone was selected to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Pathfinder program in 2016 and its Fellows program in 2021. The Fellow Program is an admission-based program whereby Fellows participate in a year-long professional development program focused on leadership and relationship-building. Active in the Chicago community, Simone serves on the board of the Women’s Bar Foundation, which provides scholarships to young women pursuing law degrees. She is also an executive board member and board vice chair of the Chicago Loop Alliance, which works to promote and support businesses and revitalize the city’s central business district. Given her exceptional client service, significant legal experience, and commitment to the community, it’s no surprise that Simone has received several notable awards and recognitions, including Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Corporate Law and Real Estate Law in 2022 and 2023, Notable Rising Star in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2021, Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020, and Illinois Emerging Lawyer in Real Estate: Commercial and Finance, and Secured Transactions in Law Bulletin Media’s Leading Lawyers list in 2019 and 2020. Simone earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish, magna cum laude, from Duke University. In her spare time, Simone enjoys learning new languages, finding new fitness challenges, traveling as much as possible, and exploring the outdoors.



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