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Helmut E. Gerlach

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Mr. Gerlach chairs the firm’s corporate practice group. He routinely advises clients on general corporate (public and private), commercial (finance, real estate and leasing), alliances and frameworks, joint ventures, joint initiatives, private equity, M&A (including post merger integration and divestitures), resale (VAR, buyer’s agent, commissionaire), procurement (including D/FAR), distribution, complex contracting, contracts management, licensing and technology (digital, Cloud/SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, BPaaS), IP (including IP portfolio management), compliance and ethics (FCPA, UK-Anti-Bribery, Export/Import, Data Privacy, GDPR, AML/KYC), anti-trust, employment law, executive compensation and severance, and international (Americas, EMEA, APAC) matters. He brings to the table excellent analytical, writing/drafting, advocacy, negotiation, dispute-resolution and mediation skills and his advice is sought for by individuals, businesses and colleagues. Prior to the practice of law, he had 10+ years global experience in the hospitality industry and military (NATO). Mr. Gerlach is fluent in legal, business and technical German.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of District of Columbia


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    J.D. – 1997
  • Towson University, Towson, Maryland
    B.A. – 1994
    Majors: Economics, History, Political Science

Published Works

  • Bankruptcy in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland and Section 304 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, Proceedings Ancillary to Foreign Bankruptcy Proceedings. 22 MD. J. INT’L L. & TRADE 81 (1998)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association, Past, Board of Directors

Past Employment Positions

  • Accenture, Chicago, Illinois, Attorney/Consultant, 2012-2016
  • Kelleher & Buckley, North Barrington, Illinois, Of Counsel, 2010-2013
  • Gerlach Law Limited, Lake Zurich, Illinois, Partner, 2008 – present
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Senior Associate, 2006 – 2008
  • Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Senior Associate, 2005 – 2006
  • Baker & McKenzie LLP, Chicago, Illinois, Associate, 2002 – 2005
  • Dilworth Paxson and Naka, Huttar and Oldhouser, Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C., Attorney, 1997-2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Outside Counsel, Salem United Methodist Church of Barrington, 2003-present
  • General Counsel (Pro-Bono Basis), Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, 2005 – present
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