Bilal Zaheer, a Litigation associate in Edwards Wildman
’s Chicago office, has been selected for the Chicago Committee’s inaugural “Rate My Pitch” program. The pilot program is a three-evening series that will provide instruction and experiential learning for approximately 20 member firm associates who have practiced for between four and seven years. The learning plan includes five real life scenarios that associates might encounter: taking a partner or practice leader to lunch with an identified objective; transforming a college or high school friendship into a business relationship; taking advantage of an ad hoc encounter with an existing firm client to market oneself; a “cold call” on a business acquaintance introduced by a mutual friend; and making a formal business pitch as part of a group in response to an RFP.
Selection to the program was highly competitive. Zaheer will be among a well-rounded group of attorneys that is demographically diverse as well as diverse in their experience, firm size, and practice group. Zaheer has been active on the Associate Board as both member and chair. The Chicago Committee plans to repeat the program annually going forward. In 1987, Edwards Wildman was a founding firm member of the Chicago Committee, which seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession through professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities.
Zaheer has a broad range of experience in all aspects of litigation. He focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court, where he counsels and represents clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, real estate litigation, securities claims, insurance coverage, business torts, adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court, and employment-related disputes.
Zaheer serves on the Young Professionals Board of the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, an organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of low income Chicago-area residents. He is also the immediate past-chair of the associate board for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, a board he served on from 2007-2012 and for which he previously held the positions of vice-chair and secretary. Zaheer graduated magna cum laude
from the University of Illinois College of Law, and Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his undergraduate degrees in economics with honors.