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Clara Duffield

Clara Duffield

Attorney at Law

Glencoe
Illinois
Licensed in
IL
University of
Chicago
5.0 5
Clear Communication
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About
Clara Duffield is a seasoned transactional lawyer, with 15 years of experience acting as a trusted business advisor. After graduating from The University of Chicago Law School in 2002, she spent 8 years in private practice representing clients in complex commercial real estate, merger and acquisition, branding, financing, and other transactional matters. For the subsequent 7 years, Clara worked as in-house counsel to a large financial services company, handling intellectual property, data, research, software and SaaS, technology, hardware, privacy, licensing, marketing, employment, and otherwise supporting general operations. She now owns and… read more operates Duffield Law, P.C.
14
Years
experience
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Client Reviews

5.0
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines
out of 2 reviews
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I worked with Clara on an internal audit of market data usage, reporting and requirements for our company. Clara negotiated new agreements and modifications to existing agreements with worldwide exchanges and other data providers. She reviewed and explained the contract terms and negotiated changes to the contracts as necessary to accommodate the expected use, all while offering practical advice and assessing risk appropriately. Her ability to quickly understand business requirements and negotiate favorable contract terms was critical for timely project deliverables. I would definitely use Clara again."

Data Contract Audit
Posted on Sep 19, 2017
Clear Communication
Response Time
Knowledgeable
Meets Deadlines

"I worked with Clara on numerous SaaS and software agreements for our company. Clara negotiated new agreements and modifications to existing agreements with a wide variety of software providers and other vendors. She explained the contract terms and company policy, while thinking creatively to solve issues. I would highly recommend Clara."

SaaS and Software Agreements
Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Work History

Duffield Law, P.C.

Principal

Sep 2017 - Present

Offers high-quality, business-oriented advice regarding wide range of transactional matters. Founded to offer personalized service, as an alternative to large law firms.

Sep 2017 - Present

Citadel LLC

In-House Counsel

Oct 2010 - Aug 2017

Led internal and external attorney team in finalizing technology, software, SaaS/cloud, hardware, research, data, consulting, confidentiality, electronic trading, market making, exchange, services, colocation, outsourcing, employment and other contracts. Supported prop trading, broker-dealer, and software sales businesses. Managed worldwide vendor contracts.

Oct 2010 - Aug 2017

Baker & McKenzie

Real Estate and Hospitality Attorney

Jun 2004 - Oct 2010

Led large acquisition, disposition, and financing transactions. Negotiated and drafted hotel management agreements and ancillary documents. Specialized in hotels, resorts and leisure. Oversaw litigation and settled disputes, negotiated employment agreements, brokerage agreements, and other ancillary documents. Established and managed condominiums, resort clubs, and complex leases.

Jun 2004 - Oct 2010

Kramer & Levine

Real Estate Attorney

Jun 2003 - Jun 2004

Represented large Dutch bank in a range of purchase and construction loans throughout the U.S. Represented local home builders and developers in all phases of development, including purchase of development property, obtaining construction, pre-development, and acquisition loans, drafting of reciprocal easement agreements and CC&Rs, and preparing dedications of roads and public utilities.

Jun 2003 - Jun 2004

Altheimer & Gray

Real Estate Attorney

Jun 2002 - May 2003

Managed due diligence and title and survey review, and drafted closing documents for real estate transactions, including $1.2 billion securitization of 15 hotel properties. Conducted legal research, drafted and negotiated leases, and assisted in closing corporate and private equity transactions.

Jun 2002 - May 2003

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