Commercial Transactions Partner joins Hinshaw in Chicago

Mark D. Belongia brings 20+ years of experience in business transactions, litigation, and compliance matters

February 16, 2022

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP today announced that Mark D. Belongia has joined the Commercial Transactions Practice Group as a partner in the Chicago office. Formerly with Johnson & Bell, he advises closely-held and privately-held companies on a broad scope of transactional matters, as well as general corporate issues, litigation, and regulatory compliance.

"Mark is highly regarded as a trusted advisor to companies nationwide on a wide array of corporate business matters," said Anthony Jacob, leader of the firm's Commercial Transactions Practice Group. "He is a skilled transactional attorney and known for building teams of attorneys to generate creative legal solutions for his clients. He also brings a mix of litigation and compliance experience that provides him with critical insights into the business needs of our clients. We're thrilled that he has joined the team."

Belongia represents corporations on a wide variety of transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures across a range of industry sectors. He also handles day-to-day corporate issues, including employment matters and business finance needs. He represents numerous financial services companies on business litigation matters and regulatory issues before various state and federal agencies, including the Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Hinshaw's deep litigation bench, capabilities in the financial services and regulatory space, and broad geographic footprint were among the reasons Belongia decided to join the firm.

"Hinshaw offers the depth and breadth of capabilities in a number of practices that will help ensure my clients receive top-level service," Belongia said. "As the previous owner of a law firm, I have insights into a broad range of business concerns that many clients have, and I understand the issues from both sides of the table. The firm's transactional, litigation, and regulatory capabilities complement my practice, and I'm excited to be a part of this talented team."

Mark started his legal career in 1999 and has many years of experience working in large law firms as well as being the managing partner of his own successful law firm. He earned his B.S. in business administration and accounting from Drake University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.

"Mark brings business acumen and a unique blend of experience in corporate, transactional, and litigation matters," said Diane Webster, partner-in-charge of the firm's Chicago office. "His strategic approach and skill at assembling teams is beneficial to the firm and our clients. We're excited to welcome him aboard."

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