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Denise B. Caplan

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Denise Caplan is a principal in the firm’s Corporate, Securities & Tax Group. She concentrates on providing corporate counseling to public and private businesses and business owners.

Ms. Caplan has a broad-based corporate practice, advising clients on a full spectrum of business objectives, including analyzing, structuring and documenting mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructurings, and corporate start-ups; and structuring of 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 is one of the founders and President of, a not-for-profit organization established by the women of Goldberg Kohn. Ms. Caplan 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 has been recognized annually by the Leading Lawyers Network and Super Lawyers: The Top Women Attorneys in Illinois. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago 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, J.D., 1983
  • University of Illinois, B.A. in 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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