Aronberg Goldgehn Welcomes Summer Associates


Full-service law firm Aronberg Goldgehn today welcomes four Summer Associates, the largest ever summer class for the 48-attorney firm.

The 2021 summer class consists of two rising third-year law students and two rising second-year students.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a stellar group of law students to the firm,” stated Nate Lichtenstein, co-chair of the firm’s summer program. “And we’re very pleased to be growing our summer program significantly this year.”

“Many firms have limited or even canceled their summer programs due to the pandemic, but we really wanted to provide as much of an in-person experience as possible for our summer class this year,” stated Chris Niro, Aronberg Goldgehn’s other summer program co-chair. “We will continue social distancing and hybrid work schedules, but believe it is important professional development for our law students to participate in a normal, ‘real’ work environment.”

Summer associates will receive work assignments from across the firm’s practices, including litigation, intellectual property, business law and transactions, and estate planning and family law. A variety of social outings is planned as well.

The firm’s four Summer Associates are:

Mishael Aridi Barake, a rising second-year law student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. Mishael earned his B.A. degree in Communication from University of California, Davis, with honors, in 2018. He is fluent in Arabic and has conversational language skills in French and Mandarin. He anticipates receiving his J.D. degree in May, 2023.

Natassia Tan Najman, a third-year law student at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, CT. Natassia earned her B.S. degree in Political Science and International Studies in 2019 from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She spent two years studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and is fluent in Spanish, as well as having additional language skills in French, Portuguese, Mandarin, German and Catalan. She will receive her law degree in December, 2021.

Emma Sander, a rising third-year law student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in Chicago. Emma was awarded her B.A. degree in 2019 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied Philosophy and Business, and spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. She is a candidate for her J.D. degree in May, 2022.

Zhongyuan “Matthew” Xu, a rising second-year law student at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago. Prior to entering law school, Matthew earned a Master’s degree in 2019 from New York University, and a B.A. degree from University of Chicago. He is fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese dialect, and possesses reading proficiency in Latin. He anticipates receiving his J.D. degree in May, 2023.

ABOUT ARONBERG GOLDGEHN: Aronberg Goldgehn, a full-service law firm with offices in Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois, represents clients ranging from entrepreneurial individuals and middle market businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Continuing its more than 125-year presence in the Chicago area legal landscape, Aronberg Goldgehn assists and counsels clients in a broad range of complex business transactions, intellectual property, and commercial litigation matters, and offers a full suite of personal legal services, including estate and tax planning and family law. The firm embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as core principles and values diversity in its people, professional colleagues, clients and vendors, and is dedicated to fostering an inclusive working environment that is welcoming and comfortable for people of different backgrounds, beliefs, opinions and affiliations. The firm is a founding member of Legal Netlink Alliance,, a worldwide network of midsized law firms in more than 50 U.S. cities and 40 countries.

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