Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP

Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP

Fox Swibel is Chicago's leading boutique business law firm. Founded in 2000, we have distinguished ourselves since our inception by focusing on what the Firm does best: providing big-law quality work in a streamlined boutique setting.

Firm Overview

Since being founded in 2000, Fox Swibel has had the same straightforward formula: recruit top lawyers who were educated at the nation's best law schools and who formerly were partners and associates at nationally-known, highly-respected large firms, and focus on what the Firm does best: providing "big-law" quality work in a streamlined boutique firm setting.

Fox Swibel's lawyers come from major national and international firms, and are attracted to our entrepreneurial culture which is focused on client service. For example: (i) we staff our matters with highly-experienced lawyers whose billing rates are often less than junior lawyers at larger firms; (ii) we impose no billable hour requirements on our lawyers rather than incentivizing our lawyers to increase time spent on a matter, we reward efficiency; (iii) we offer flexible fee arrangements suited to a particular client's needs; and (iv) we foster internal cooperation by de-emphasizing "billing credit" in our compensation structure. We believe these and other factors distinguish us from our competitors and greatly benefit our clients.

The Firm represents a wide range of clients, from entrepreneurs to global institutions. The Firm's principal practice areas focus on banking and corporate finance, business litigation, corporate and securities law, real estate, tax, employment law, and bankruptcy and restructuring.

Fox Swibel handles transactions and litigation for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to successful entrepreneurs. The Firm represents a large array of banking, hedge fund, hotel, manufacturing, private equity, real estate, retail, and restaurant clients. Our clients have included national institutions such as Bank of America, CBRE, Colliers International, Exelon, H&R Block, Hilco Global, Jewel Food Stores, Johnson Controls, Omni Hotels, PNC Bank, Supervalu, Tishman Speyer, The Toro Company, Tyson Foods, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, as well as some of the most successful and dynamic local Chicago businesses such as AthletiCo, Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc., Ferrara Candy Company, Garrett Popcorn, Klaff Realty, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Rogers & Holland Jewelers, and Weber Grill Restaurants.

Main Office

Main Office
200 W. Madison St., Ste. 3000
Chicago, IL 60606


(312) 224-1200


(312) 224-1201


Fox Swibel


Practice Groups

To address your needs as effectively and efficiently as possible, we work collaboratively, drawing upon our depth and breadth of legal experience.

Fox Swibel is organized into eight main practice areas - Banking and Corporate Finance, Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights, Corporate & Securities, Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax. We serve you on the basis of your needs. Our interdisciplinary approach assures that you have access to the lawyers with the most appropriate experience.

Corporate Finance
Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights
Corporate & Securities
Employment Law
Intellectual Property
Real Estate

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Fox Swibel has had the same straightforward formula: recruit top lawyers who were educated at the nation's best law schools and who formerly were partners and associates at nationally-known, highly-respected large firms.

Lawrence B. Swibel

Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP

Larry Swibel is a founding partner, Chair of the Firm's Real Estate Group and Managing Partner of the Firm. Larry practices in the areas of real estate, corporate law, restructuring, and hospitality, and specializes in structuring entities for foreign clients doing business in the U.S. He represents clients, both as developers and lenders, in all aspects of the development of hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, theaters and residential properties. In the corporate area, Larry handles mergers and acquisitions as well as advising closely held businesses regarding shareholder agreements, buy-outs and similar transactions.

In the hospitality area, Larry has particular expertise in representing restaurant clients, with much of his practice devoted to restaurant leases, financings, equity raises, corporate structuring and contracting. He handles restaurant deals for some of the world's best-known chefs and most successful restaurant operators, located throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean region, Europe and Asia.

In the 1990's, Larry was a lead attorney representing the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) in the workout and disposition of troubled loans and properties throughout the U.S. In that role, he headed teams of lawyers in working out, restructuring, and modifying complicated commercial real estate loans.

Since 1991, Larry has served on the board of The Interlex Group and currently serves as President. Interlex is an association of leading law firms from 60 countries around the world.

In 2011, Larry co-led a team of the Firm's lawyers who represented the United States Treasury in approximately 165 transactions in which $1.7 billion was funded to community banks around the U.S. under the Federal Government's Small Business Lending Fund program.

Larry has been rated AV Preeminent by his professional peers through the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system. This is a testament from peer legal professionals of the highest level of professional excellence and of unquestionable ethics.

Since 2013, Larry was selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. His selection was published in Chicago Magazine. Only five percent of lawyers in Illinois are selected for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers list, and are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

In 2017 and 2016, Larry was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of real estate Law.

Since 2004, Larry has also been named a Leading Lawyer in commercial real estate law, closely & privately held business law, and corporate finance law by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Only lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers in the statewide surveys are included in Leading Lawyers Magazine..

Larry received his B.A. from the University of Rochester. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Since 2008, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul Law School in Chicago. Prior to Fox Swibel, Larry practiced 19 years at the former Chicago law firm, Hopkins & Sutter.


Vanderbilt University Law School