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Edward F. "Bud" Dobbins

T: 312 726-0440 ext. 201
Direct Dial: 312 238-8779
F: 312 726-1448



Illinois State Bar Association


Admitted to Practice:
State of New York, 1972
State of Illinois, 1976

Bud Dobbins is a principal at Fischel & Kahn who represents money center, regional and community financial institutions – as well as business organizations –  in their commercial and corporate transactions.

He has extensive experience with secured and unsecured lending, finance, bond-related "credit enhancements" and related transactions, including loan and finance transactions secured by commercial real property.

Bud’s practice involves diverse and sophisticated areas of the law such as trade finance, letters of credit, foreign loan facilities, middle market and corporate finance and bank regulatory matters. His secured-transactions experience involves a broad range of collateral forms consisting of personal and real property, securities, investment property, intellectual property, securities and deposit accounts.

He regularly counsels on high-dollar value transactions, including a $45 million secured facility for a hedge fund borrower and a $35 million secured facility for family members involved in professional sports.

Professional Honors:
Bud is is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest level of professional excellence in ethical standards and legal ability.

Providence College, B.A. History, 1968
St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1972
Jenner & Block, LLC, Partner, May 2000 -September 2005
Gardner, Carton & Douglas, Partner, August 1996- May 2000
Mayer Brown & Platt, Partner May 1991- August 1996
Continental Bank, Vice President & Associate general Counsel, October 1976- May 1991
Chemical Bank, Associate Counsel, September 1972- October 976

Mr. Dobbins has taken a strong interest in civic activism, serving as a Director for Business and Professional People for Public Interest (BPI) and the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention as well as serving on the Blue Ribbon Committee of the National Center for Poverty Law.  From 1985 to 1987, he served as Chairman of the Wilmette Plan Commission and from 1987 to 1991 he served as a Trustee of the Village of Wilmette.


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