Fross, Roger R.

Roger R. Fross

Of Counsel
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Roger Fross has extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions, financings, business successions, and general corporate matters for privately-held firms, not-for-profits and high net-worth owners.

Roger approaches estate planning from a business planning perspective whether it is dealing with the personal and generational issues of business succession or the dollars and cents' objectives of minimizing wealth transfers.

Roger's clients cut across many segments of American industry and are geographically dispersed throughout the United States. He has worked with numerous individuals and companies on their capital-raising, disclosure, compliance, and securities matters. Much of Roger's work has addressed the day-to-day concerns of corporate ownership, such as customer, supplier, and distributor arrangements; key employee contractual and compensation matters; licensing of property rights; joint ventures and ownership succession and wealth-transfer strategies for privately owned businesses.

Roger Fross has extensive experience handling mergers and acquisitions, financings, business successions, and general corporate matters for privately-held firms, not-for-profits and high net-worth owners.

Roger approaches estate planning from a business planning perspective whether it is dealing with the personal and generational issues of business succession or the dollars and cents' objectives of minimizing wealth transfers.

Roger's clients cut across many segments of American industry and are geographically dispersed throughout the United States. He has worked with numerous individuals and companies on their capital-raising, disclosure, compliance, and securities matters. Much of Roger's work has addressed the day-to-day concerns of corporate ownership, such as customer, supplier, and distributor arrangements; key employee contractual and compensation matters; licensing of property rights; joint ventures and ownership succession and wealth-transfer strategies for privately owned businesses.

His experience also includes representing marine transportation companies in financing and operating matters, insurance companies in capital-raising transactions, and community banks with acquisition, regulatory, and Community Reinvestment Act problems. He has also been active in the demutualization of insurance companies and representation of nonprofit organizations.

Roger serves on many boards of directors and committees, including The Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Metro History Fair, and the Southeast Chicago Commission. In addition, for more than 30 years, Roger has participated with co-counsel in the landmark anti-patronage case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Shakman v. Democratic Party, et al. He is listed in Who's Who in America.

Roger served as managing partner of the Firm from 1981 to 1987, and has served four terms on the Firm's Executive Committee.

CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School, 1965
  • B.A., Mathematics and Physics, DePauw University, 1962

    Gold Key, Rector Scholar

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 1965
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association, Business Law Section
    • Listed, Who's Who in America
Community Leadership
    • Secretary, Chicago Metropolitan History Fair and Education Center
      • Received Richard Brown Award (2013)
    • Chairman, Joyce Foundation
    • President, Hyde Park-Kenwood Development Corp.
    • Board of Directors, Joyce Foundation
    • Executive Committee, Southeast Chicago Commission
Professional History
    • Former Managing Partner, Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP (1981 - 1987)