LESLEE M. COHEN | Principal

Phone:  312.445.9628
Fax:  312.445.9656
Email:  lcohen@HershCo.com


Leslee concentrates her transactional practice in securities law, corporate finance and general corporate law. She counsels a variety of entities, from small entrepreneurs and start-up companies to large established businesses, across many industries from real estate to technology in connection with private placements of both equity and debt securities, including venture capital, private equity and “friends and family” investments.  Leslee also structures, negotiates and documents significant business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, joint ventures and other business combinations and financial transactions.  In addition, she handles general corporate matters including commercial contract drafting and review, stockholder and limited liability company agreements and structuring, business restructurings, employment and consulting agreements, and equity incentive plans and agreements, on behalf of a diverse group of clients. Leslee’s practice encompasses Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance for microcap public companies and committees of their boards of directors, providing counseling regarding disclosure and regulatory obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, including corporate governance, ethics and executive compensation issues.  Leslee also represents broker-dealers and investment advisors in connection with securities law issues.


  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. The Coalition is dedicated to 1) enhancing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers and 2) supporting the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms.
  • Chair, Small Business Advocacy Council Venture Pitch Committee. The Venture Pitch Committee is a program through the SBAC that provides members with both access to capital through bank, debt, and equity financing and valuable business educational programs under the auspices of its knowledge exchange.
  • Mentor, Elmspring Accelerator.  Elmspring is a venture accelerator that invests in technology start-ups who aim to disrupt the real estate industry.
  • Mentor, WiSTEM Accelerator.  WiSTEM is a venture accelerator focused on women entrepreneurs in technology businesses.


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2010-2017, Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Illinois and Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Illinois, securities and corporate finance
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2016, corporate law
  • Leading Lawyers, 2007-2016, corporation finance, mergers & acquisitions, securities and venture finance
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award, 2016, Daily Herald Business Ledger
  • Best Chicago Lawyers for Start-Ups, 2015-2016, Red Rocket blog
  • Women Making an Impact Award, 2013, Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • 40 Illinois Lawyers Under 40 to Watch, 2006, Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company


  • New York University School of Law J.D.
  • University of Michigan B.A., with highest distinction
  • Leslee is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York


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