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Vedder Price is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been named Shareholders in the firm.

“On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to congratulate our newest shareholders on this well-deserved achievement,” said Dana S. Armagno, Vedder Price Operating Shareholder. “Joseph, Justine, Brooke, James, Nate and Alex are all extremely talented lawyers and each is committed to the firm and its clients. They are passionate about the future of the firm and consistently deliver outstanding client service. Their elevation to shareholder contributes to our collective strength, and we are deeply proud of the exceptional talent they represent here at Vedder Price.”

Joseph T. Bueche, elevated from Associate and a member of the Finance & Transactions practice area in the Chicago office, regularly advises on a variety of transactional and general corporate matters. This includes advising private equity firms and private companies (in each case representing both buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border transactions), auctions, divestitures, 363 transactions, restructurings, debt and equity offerings, joint ventures and minority investments. Mr. Bueche earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, and his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, with distinction. 

Justine L. Chilvers, elevated from Associate and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team in the firm’s New York office, concentrates her practice in transportation finance, with a special focus on aviation and rail finance. Ms. Chilvers regularly advises commercial and investment banks, operating lessors, finance companies, hedge funds and other aircraft investors on a wide range of cross-border and domestic aircraft and rail finance transactions, including warehouse financings, mortgage financings, EETCs and significant term loan financings, aviation-related M&A transactions and joint ventures and numerous other aviation and rail-related acquisition, sale and leasing transactions. Ms. Chilvers also advises on generate corporate law matters. In 2021, Ms. Chilvers was recognized by The Legal 500 United States as a Rising Star in the Transport: Aviation & Air Travel Finance category. Ms. Chilvers earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude.

Brooke E. Conner, elevated from Associate, is a member of the Chambers USA-ranked Government Investigations and White Collar Defense team in the firm’s Chicago office. Ms. Conner has significant experience representing clients in investigations and proceedings brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal and state agencies. Her practice includes representing companies and individuals in government investigations, conducting internal investigations, counseling clients during regulatory examinations, and representing clients in securities litigation and other complex civil litigation matters. Ms. Conner earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, magna cum laude, and her B.A. from Miami University, magna cum laude.

James Kilner, elevated from Associate and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team in the firm’s Chicago office, has experience in a wide range of banking and finance transactions, focusing in particular on cross-border asset financing, secured lending structures and general and structured financings. Mr. Kilner also represents aviation sales and lease-backs, and operating leases as well as ECA guaranteed loan financings. In 2021, Mr. Kilner was recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the category of Transport: Aviation & Air Travel – Finance. Mr. Kilner received his law degree from BPP Law School, London, and his LL.B. from the University of Birmingham, with honors. 

Nathaniel Segal, elevated from Counsel and a member of the Investment Services group in the firm’s Chicago office, has substantial experience counseling investment companies, investment advisers and boards of directors on a broad range of regulatory, compliance, corporate and transactional matters arising under U.S. federal securities laws, particularly the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Securities Act of 1933. Mr. Segal is the author of numerous articles concerning the financial services and investment management industries and frequently speaks on compliance topics and critical regulatory developments. He is also Co-Editor of the Investment Services Regulatory Update, a monthly publication that keeps clients updated on relevant regulatory matters. Mr. Segal has received many awards, including four consecutive recognitions by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer in the category of Securities & Venture Finance from 2017 to 2020. Mr. Segal received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and his B.A. from George Washington University, cum laude.

Alex C. Weinstein, elevated from Associate and a member of the Labor and Employment practice group in the firm’s Chicago office, represents employers of all sizes in employment litigation and counseling. Mr. Weinstein prides himself on being a businessperson’s attorney, providing practical legal advice that allows businesses to mitigate or respond to potential legal risk while continuing to meet their objectives. To that end, Mr. Weinstein focuses his practice on restrictive covenants and trade secret protection, employment litigation, employment advice and counseling, and federal government contractor employment compliance. Mr. Weinstein was selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2019 to 2021. He was also selected for the 2021 and 2022 editions of Best Lawyers: “Ones to Watch.” Mr. Weinstein received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School with honors, and his B.A. from George Washington University, magna cum laude


Joseph T. Bueche


Justine L. Chilvers


Brooke E. Conner


James Kilner


Nathaniel Segal


Alex C. Weinstein