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Buckley Sandler Announces Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to Lead Chicago Office

Washington, D.C. – Today, Buckley Sandler LLP announced that Tina Tchen is joining the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s Chicago office.  Tchen most recently served in the Obama administration as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.  For 23 years prior to her government service, she handled complex litigation, enforcement and regulatory matters in Illinois and nationwide with Skadden. 

Andrew L. Sandler, Chairman & Executive Partner at Buckley Sandler LLP, said: “Tina and I worked closely together on client matters for many years prior to her joining the Obama Administration.  She is an outstanding lawyer and leader and I am very excited that she has chosen to join us and to lead our continuing efforts to build a strong Chicago presence for the firm.  We welcome her national leadership on diversity and women’s issues, which are core values of our firm.”

Tina Tchen, Partner at Buckley Sandler LLP, said: “I’m thrilled to join Buckley Sandler.  Buckley Sandler is unlike any other firm in the country, and its experience in complex and cutting-edge issues is among the broadest and deepest in the industry.  Apart from being recognized as the best at what they do, I was also drawn to the firm by how they do it:  Buckley Sandler empowers women to succeed, which I believe is a critical issue facing the industry.  As a native Chicagoan, I’m excited to come home to lead the Chicago office and join the Buckley Sandler family.”

About Tina Tchen:

Christina M. Tchen has joined Buckley Sandler as a Partner in our Chicago office, bringing more than three decades of experience across all facets of complex civil litigation in state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country.

Prior to her work at the White House, while as a partner with Skadden, Tina represented major global corporations and their officers and directors in a wide range of matters including shareholder class and derivative actions, securities litigation, corporate takeover battles, consumer class actions, constitutional issues, corporate investigations, government enforcement actions, executive compensation, and breach of contract litigation.  She has represented public agencies in state and federal class actions, and successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Illinois.

In addition to her litigation work, Tina possesses a unique government service perspective, having held key positions for eight years in the Obama administration, including Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Tina has strong ties to the Chicago community, serving in a number of legal and philanthropic positions. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Northwestern University.

About Buckley Sandler:

With more than 150 lawyers in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and London, Buckley Sandler LLP offers premier enforcement, litigation, compliance, regulatory, and transactional services everywhere money moves --- from financial services institutions and FinTech companies, to leading companies, joint ventures, private equity funds, and individual clients throughout the world.  Buckley Sandler provides forward thinking and cutting edge advice to their clients, and has been recognized as "[t]he best at what they do in the country." (Chambers USA).