Paul Gilman, Elizabeth Lazzara and Sharon Zaban Named to "Crain's 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law" List


Aronberg Goldgehn members Paul Gilman, Elizabeth Lazzara and Sharon Zaban have been named on “Crain’s 2019 Notable Gen X Leaders in Law” list, published in the June 3 edition of Crain’s Chicago Business. They are among 121 lawyers featured on the list.

To qualify for the list, an honoree must be an attorney between the ages of 40 and 55 serving in a senior leadership role at his or her law firm. The list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by editors.

Crain’s colorful introduction to the list reads as follows:

"Members of Generation X have earned a harsh reputation as disaffected, cynical slackers. But malaise doesn’t apply to this cohort of Chicago attorneys born between 1964 and 1979. These 121 lawyers include some of the top practitioners in town handling intellectual property, corporate restructuring and class-action defense cases. The relaxation of laws regulating cannabis and the rise of the #MeToo movement have opened up new business for other specialists.

"Many on the list practice at the top national firms, while others thrive at smaller firms. Some lawyers with big-firm experience broke off to establish specialty boutiques.

"Diversity and inclusion are on the radar of many lawyers, and a number make a point of mentoring young associates. In a profession known for brutal hours, a group of women managed to rise to leadership positions while raising families. The profiles on these pages underscore that there are many ways to forge a successful career in law."

In addition to being published in the June 3 edition of Crain’s Chicago Business, the list is also available online at

Crain’s published the following profiles of Aronberg Goldgehn’s Gen X Leaders:

Paul Gilman is co-chair of Aronberg Goldgehn’s business law and transactions practice group, chair of the firm’s marketing committee and a member of the strategic planning committee. Gilman concentrates his practice in corporate, health care, tax, estate planning and real estate. He advises clients on corporate formation and structure; contract preparation and negotiation; capital financing, including public and private offerings of securities, syndication of investment interests and venture-capital finance; and mergers and acquisitions. He’s also a certified public accountant and counsels on tax and financial planning matters. In his health care practice, Gilman represents professional practices, including physicians, dentists and veterinarians. He also advises long-term-care facilities, medical equipment suppliers and distributors and pharmaceutical providers, and he offers expertise on regulatory matters such as HIPAA.

Elizabeth Lazzara is co-chair of Aronberg Goldgehn’s family law practice and co-chair of the firm’s women’s initiative. She also is a member of the firm’s marketing and strategic planning committees. Lazzara has 27 years of experience representing clients in all financial phases of divorce or family law conflict. That representation includes prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, trial practice and procedure, child support and maintenance, and property distributions. She also handles children’s issues involving contested and uncontested custody and allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. Lazzara joined Aronberg Goldgehn in 1998. She is on the list of court-certified mediators at the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division and is certified to mediate discretionary and mandatory cases. She regularly publishes and lectures on family law topics.

Sharon Zaban is co-chair of Aronberg Goldgehn’s banking, law and real estate groups and co-chair of the firm’s women’s initiative. Zaban specializes in real estate financing and represents banks, life insurance companies and other financial institutions in secured real estate and commercial loan transactions, including construction, bridge and term loans. She also handles transactions involving loan workouts, restructurings, modifications, forbearance documentation, note sales and deed in lieu of foreclosure transactions. Additionally, Zaban represents real estate owners and developers in connection with the development, acquisition, leasing and disposition of real estate investments, including borrowing and construction. She joined Aronberg Goldgehn in 2013. Her community involvement has included the CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline for landlord and tenant issues and the Legal Assistance Foundation’s pro se divorce clinic.

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