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Denise B. Caplan

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Denise Caplan is a Principal in the firm’s Corporate Group. She represents public and private businesses and business owners in a broad array of corporate law matters.

Ms. Caplan assists clients in the analysis, structuring and documentation of mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructurings as well as with corporate start-ups. She is engaged in structuring corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other business entities; employment contracting; and capital raising and documentation. In addition, Ms. Caplan works with banks and private equity investors to structure and negotiate their equity investments in companies they are financing, and provides general corporate counseling to middle market and large companies on a broad range of issues.

Ms. Caplan has been recognized annually since 2016 as a Best Lawyer in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers. She has also been recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network, and has been honored annually as an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2007, the later naming her as one of its Top Women Attorneys in Illinois.

Ms. Caplan is one of the founders and current President of, a not-for-profit organization established by the women of Goldberg Kohn. She is a member of the board of directors of the Rory David Deutsch Foundation, a charitable foundation for pediatric brainstem tumor research. She is also an elected member of the Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors, Midwest Region. She has been a speaker at the Women’s Business Development Center’s annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference.

Ms. Caplan is admitted to practice in Illinois. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, and her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in 1980.


Chicago Office
55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

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  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1983
  • University of Illinois, B.A., Business Administration, 1980

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  • Illinois

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55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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