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Leslee M. Cohen

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  • New York University School of Law J.D.

  • University of Michigan B.A., with highest distinction

  • Leslee is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York

Leslee Cohen is a lawyer who gets business deals done and does business right.


Leslee helps establish, set up, and grow new businesses. She specializes in securities law, corporate finance, and general corporate law. She strongly believes in the power of giving. More on that below. 


She’ll learn your business inside and out, educate you on legal matters, advise you, and be direct with you. All decisions will be yours; she excels at making complex concepts simple so they’re clear and understandable, and you have what you need to make the best decisions for you and your business. 


Leslee has established herself as a trusted lawyer with extensive knowledge and high Emotional Intelligence. She knows the law, she knows business, and she knows people, and this unique combination enables her to get deals done as painlessly and effectively as possible. 


Since she graduated from the University of Michigan and NYU Law School, Leslee has been guided by a strong belief in giving. She shares her expertise by speaking and mentoring. She offers small firm rates while still providing big firm experience. She trusts and empowers her team at All Rise to provide clients with great service and expertise. 


Above all, Leslee goes to extremes to be available to clients and give them the time they need. She’s extremely driven to serve her clients—not a minute wasted, every box checked, every T crossed and I dotted. She gets her clients, she works hard for them, and they get results. 


She truly believes that when we work together, we all rise.

In the Profession

  • Member, Board of Directors of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC). The SBAC advocates for small businesses in Illinois on both the state and federal level.

  • Chair, SBAC Venture Pitch Committee. The Venture Pitch Committee is a program through the SBAC that provides members with both access to capital through bank, debt, and equity financing and valuable business educational programs under the auspices of its knowledge exchange.

  • Co-Chair, Advisory Board, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms. The Coalition is dedicated to 1) enhancing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women lawyers and 2) supporting the building, implementation and continued relevancy of women’s initiatives in law firms.

  • Member, Board of Directors, Demon Angels. The Demon Angels is an angel investment fund formed to raise capital and offer support primarily to women and minority entrepreneurs.

  • Mentor, Elmspring Accelerator.  Elmspring is a venture accelerator that invests in technology startups who aim to disrupt the real estate industry.

  • Mentor, WiSTEM Accelerator.  WiSTEM is a venture accelerator focused on women entrepreneurs in technology businesses.

Honors and Awards

  • Advocate of the Year, 2019, Small Business Advocacy Council.

  • Best Chicago Lawyers for Start-Ups, 2015-2019, Red Rocket blog

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2010-2019, Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Illinois and Top 50 Women Lawyers in the State of Illinois, securities and corporate finance

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019, corporate law

  • Leading Lawyers, 2007-2019, corporation finance, mergers & acquisitions, securities and venture finance

  • Women of Influence Award, 2017, Best Lawyers’, Business Edition

  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs Award, 2016, Daily Herald Business Ledger

  • Women Making an Impact Award, 2013, Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company

  • 40 Illinois Lawyers Under 40 to Watch, 2006, Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company



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