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Jamal M. Edwards

Business Attorney at CHICAGO, IL

5.0   5 reviews

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About Jamal

Learn Jamal’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business

    20 years, 10 cases

  2. Litigation

    20 years, 50 cases

  3. Intellectual property

    20 years, 50 cases

  4. Health care

    18 years, 10 cases

  5. Real estate

    20 years, 5 cases

Jamal M. Edwards focuses his legal practice on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology, business litigation, healthcare and real estate matters. Mr. Edwards has represented major international and Fortune 500 companies for over 15 years. He now counsels entrepreneurs, small businesses (including MBEs and WBEs) and start-ups in a broad range of matters.

Adding to his value as a trusted counselor, Jamal has had a distinguished business career, including two executive positions at Equifax, Inc., several small business, real estate and tech start-up CEO positions, and serving as turnaround CEO for a federally qualified health center in Chicago, and advisor to a commercial real estate company.

In 2011, Crain’s Chicago Business named him top “40 under 40” and he has received several prestigious awards for his work in law, healthcare, business, real estate and public relations/crisis communications. He has repeatedly been recognized as a SuperLawyers® Rising Star in both Illinois and Michigan.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Edwards was a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He also previously served as corporate counsel to IBM.

Mr. Edwards has served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (now the Legal Council for Health Justice), Adoption-Link NFP, Illinois Primary Healthcare Association and Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services, L3C. He is actively engaged in civic, political and philanthropic endeavors, locally and nationally.

After graduating from law school, Jamal clerked for the Hon. Raymond A. Jackson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and for the Hon. Roger L. Gregory, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Edwards received his B.S. cum laude from Morehouse College in 1998. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, where he was the Executive Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review and a Semi-Finalist in the 77th Annual Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, in addition to winning several other prestigious moot court and mock trial competitions, locally and nationally.

You can learn more about us from our website () or about Jamal by visiting his LinkedIn page \in\JamalMEdwards.

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Licensed for 20 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 12/25/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2002
Updated 01/06/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jamal

300 N. LASALLE, SUITE 4925
CHICAGO, IL, 60654
901 S MoPac Expressway
Building 1, Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78746
2101 Cedar Springs Road
Suite 1050
Dallas, TX, 75201
1075 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 3650
Atlanta, GA, 30309
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Posted by Eric | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible service and expertise
I ran into what would have been a financially life crippling issue with my large corporate landlord wanting to end my lease early. Mr. Edwards not only advised me accordingly but supplied me the information in a timely manner to make proper decisions, exercise patience and as well as presented a firm position for me in the eyes of the opposition. He has also helped me in various other issues with my business agreement and such. I would highly suggest you discuss your situation as Mr. Edwards may just be the man to make the difference in your case!
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Posted by Alice | July 8, 2015
Assistance with an issue regarding damage to my property from a neigboring property
Mr. Edwards was thorough and kept me informed on the status of my case with property owner (whose tree caused damage to my property)...I felt very comfortable interacting with Mr. Edwards
Posted by Gregory | July 1, 2015
Highly Recommended
Jamal has been excellent to work with. He was recommended to me by another excellent attorney that was forced to withdraw from the case due to a conflict. He picked it up and we have had nothing but good results. The case is complicated by occurring in two different venues, chancery and municipal with a different attorney & different firm handling the municipal portion. The communication on Jamal's part with us and the other attorney was always clear and timely. His research has been thorough and helped us be successful.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Mr Edwards helped me with several matters, real estate, business, litigation and a patent/trade secret suit. He was great. Our CEO loved him, especially his presentation to the board of directors - only lawyer invited back. And the one time we actually had to go to court - most matters were settled early or outside of court (federal court in Boston) - the judge said she was "so glad to see him" because she knew "he'd make some sense of things."
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Posted by Ive | June 30, 2015
Great Family Business Lawyer
Jamal has represented our family real estate business for over a decade. He is our go-to-general counsel. In the worst times, he helped our business avoid bankruptcy. In the best, he helped us grow and buy new assets and find new sources of revenue we didn't know existed. He's always gone above and beyond and done an excellent job. Most recently, even the Judge said so from the bench during a very contentious lawsuit. Another lawyer who we hired for a separate matter reviewed his work and told us how amazing it was to have gotten such a favorable workout agreement with our lender, including a release of personal liability which is rarely granted and she admitted she'd rarely if ever seen. I knew he was good, but this was very reassuring.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Interim CEO
  • POM Solutions, LLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Interim Manager/CEO
  • ivey Group, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • President and CEO
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Regional Counsel
  • Ibm Corporation
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP A Law Firm Serving Global Clients
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Roger L. Gregory
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Raymond A. Jackson
  • United States District Court, EDVA
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • University of Notre Dame
  • Executive Education
  • 2013
  • Harvard Business School
  • Executive Education
  • 2012
  • Harvard University Law School
  • Certificate
  • 2007
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD
  • 2002
  • Morehouse College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1998
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Legal Cases

  • Kruse v. Coldwell Banker
  • Favorably Settled
  • Ivey v Imperial
  • Consent Order and Settlement
  • Detroit Town Sale
  • Sold
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  • American Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2007 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • 40 under 40
  • Crain's Chicago Business
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Campbell Moot Court Semi Finalist
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Jamal
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jamal Edwards is a highly respected and valued member of the legal community in Chicago. He has a vast network of contacts in a variety of industries including health, tech, legal and food."
Intellectual property