40 Under Forty 2021



She is a rare breed where she is articulate, quick on her feet, and a legal thinker.”

A long list of victories. That’s what Tiffany Carpenter, a commercial lit- igation specialist at Chicago’s Howard & Howard, has earned for her business cli- ents. And it’s this record of success that has helped Carpenter build a reputation as one of the most trusted products liabil- ity, employment and commercial litigation experts in the city. How successful has Carpenter been? She represented a plaintiff in a civil rights case that resulted in a $1.5 million judgment for her client. This success came after a complex trial that lasted nine days. Carpenter served as trial counsel in a breach-of-contract construction dispute that brought a $500,000 judgment for her firm’s client following a bench trial lasting five days. And these results aren’t unusual. Cal Burnton, a partner at the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson, previously worked with Carpenter when they were both at the predecessor to Edwards Wildman Palmer, “Right from the start one could tell Tiffany was a great lawyer.” Burton continued, “She is a rare breed

where she is articulate, quick on her feet, and a legal thinker. I have no doubt that the time is not far away when people talk about the top trial lawyers in the city, as in who are the go to lawyers, her name will be top of the list.” “Tiffany is the first person that I put cli- ents in touch with if I am conflicted out or otherwise unable to handle their needs,” said Lily McNulty, associate with Chicago’s Greenberg Traurig. “With Tiffany, I know without a shadow of the doubt, they are in good hands.” Ellen Ernst, tax counsel with Chicago’s JBT Corporation, previously worked with Carpenter at Howard & Howard. She re- fers to Carpenter as a “force of nature.” “Tiffany is unmatched in her ability to develop strong relationships with her cli- ents,” Ernst said. “To her clients, she is a strong listener, advisor and a measured resource. She skillfully takes that knowl- edge and passion for her clients to be- come a strong and fierce advocate.” Ernst also says that Carpenter has built relationships with sophisticated corpo- rate counsel that usually come with law- yers who are two decades older.

FIRM Howard & Howard

LAW SCHOOL John Marshall Law School

AREA OF PRACTICE Commercial litigation



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