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Vedder Thinking | News Five Vedder Price Shareholders Recognized by Crain’s Chicago as 2018 Notable Women Lawyers

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Vedder Price is proud to announce that five female shareholders – Elizabeth N. Hall, Renee M. Hardt, Jennifer Durham King, Jeanah Park and Kelly A. Starr – have been named to the 2018 Crain’s Custom Media “Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers” list. The list celebrates seasoned female attorney leaders who have made significant contributions to the legal industry, have demonstrated the ability to effect change in their role or area of practice, and have served as a role model or mentor to other female attorneys.

Ms. Hall is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment group and serves as the Chicago office co-chair of Vedder’s women’s initiative, WAVES (Women at Vedder Empowering Success). Through WAVES, Ms. Hall helps to promote female attorneys’ advancement through mentoring, retention efforts and programming designed to enhance women’s careers and networks. As a working mother of two, she has a particular interest in organizations that help mothers and children. In May, she served as a co-chair for Changemakers, the annual fundraising gala for Share our Spare (SoS), a not-for-profit that collects and distributes new and gently used essentials to Chicago’s most needy children.

Ms. Hardt is a Shareholder in the Investment Services group and is recognized as one of the nation’s few accomplished women attorneys having significant experience representing national and global mutual funds and their independent directors in the innovative work of developing fund products, ensuring regulatory compliance and participating in their operations as transaction counsel. She is a frequent speaker on investment management issues and a mentor to young female attorneys at the firm looking to break through in male dominated practices. Last year, she represented a fund complex in its multibillion-dollar acquisition of another fund, negotiating and handling all aspects of the transaction.

Ms. King serves as Co-Chair of the Securities & Capital Markets group at Vedder Price. She has represented many well-known financial institutions and acts as a mentor for younger lawyers as coordinator of the firm’s corporate associate development program. Ms. King also hosts an annual “Women in Banking” networking event in Chicago, encouraging collaboration among female colleagues and clients. She is a civic leader and advocate in her community and on non-for-profit boards, including the Corporate Advisory Board of the Chicago chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and formerly the Board of Trustees of the Kohl Children’ Museum.

Ms. Park is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice area and serves as Chair of the Vedder Price Diversity Committee. As the daughter of South Korean immigrants and the first lawyer in her family, she is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at the firm and through her work in the community as President of the Board of Directors of Asian Human Services, a not-for-profit social services agency that provides health care, education, employment, and other services to underserved immigrant and refugee populations in the Chicago area. Ms. Park regularly counsels clients on privacy and data security issues and advises them on compliance with federal and state privacy and security regulations.

Ms. Starr serves as member of the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits group. For over 23 years at Vedder Price, Ms. Starr has committed to extra hours, extra study and full time availability for her list of long-tenured clients. That remains the core mentoring message she shares with every young lawyer coming to her open door for advice. She formerly served as Chair of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee and as a member of the firm’s Shareholder Compensation Committee, Associate Hiring Committee, Diversity Committee and Nominating Committee.

Please join us in congratulating this group of women for their well-deserved recognition.

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Elizabeth N. Hall


Renee M. Hardt


Jennifer Durham King


Jeanah Park


Kelly A. Starr