Eric M. Fogel


SmithAmundsen LLC
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Tel: 312.894.3325


Eric Fogel is a strong force in the world of corporate law. With three decades of experience, Eric has served as lead counsel on some of the country’s largest and most complex transactions. When clients are looking for a strategy on how to get the deal done, Eric Fogel is the attorney they call.

Eric is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office and chair of the Corporate Practice Group. He handles global compliance, policies and procedures, mergers and acquisitions, agriculture and cooperative law, private equity, chemical industry law, internal and external investigations, business ethics, global ethics and compliance training, FCPA, anti-bribery compliance, ITAR, EAR and OFAC counseling, product certifications and labeling, customs clearance, export control programs, anti-trust counseling, regulatory response, FDA counseling, data privacy and information security, data breaches, and REACH compliance. He has significant experience in federal and state securities laws, advising Special Committees of boards of directors, Investment Advisor Act compliance, SEC interaction, mergers and acquisitions, and financing. He closely advises chief executive officers, board members, and general counsel throughout the nation and has handled capital transactions involving hundreds of millions of dollars. He often works with his clients in an “outside general counsel” capacity and counsels hedge funds, venture capitalists, and private equity firms in various transactions.

With more than 30 years in the legal practice, Eric’s depth of experience and knowledge of the Chicago business market are unmatched. His practice includes: corporate and board governance for public companies and private (for-profit and not-for-profit); board and corporate investigations; fund formation, investment adviser compliance and regulation; insurance regulatory compliance; domestic and global merger and acquisition activity; representation before the Securities and Exchange Commission; tender offers and proxy fights on behalf of insurgents and incumbents; securities arbitrations and hearings; and securities law compliance including the 1933, 1934 and 1940 acts.

Prior to his legal career, Eric worked as a stockbroker, which provided him a unique opportunity to understand capital markets, their participants, and their driving forces. He also understands the pressures and realities that board members are faced with firsthand, having served on multiple public and private boards of directors himself.

Our corporate and transactional attorneys counsel emerging businesses, public corporations and privately owned businesses. Our attorneys help clients solve problems, achieve goals and minimize risk.

We understand the multi-faceted issues faced by businesses in industries including manufacturing, professional services, national and international distribution, retail, technology, nonprofit organizations, and commercial real estate, and our attorneys are equipped to assist clients in all stages of business development and governance, corporate finance and securities and mergers and acquisitions.

Our corporate services address:

  • Corporate and Securities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • General Counsel Capability
  • Securities & Capital Markets
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Securities Enforcement
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity
  • Commercial Lending
  • Money Management/Investment Adviser
  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Insurance Transactions
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliance Agreements
  • Nonprofit


  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” – Corporate Law – Tier 3 – St. Louis Metropolitan Area
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) – Tier 3 – St. Louis Metropolitan Area
SmithAmundsen is a law firm comprised of 180 attorneys headquartered in Chicago. As one of the fastest growing law firms in the Midwest, we understand the entrepreneurial thinking that drives business decisions for our clients. We use this insight to respond to the needs of clients creatively, expediently and pragmatically.

SmithAmundsen is a full service business law firm. The firm handles the transactional, labor and employment, and litigation needs of companies across the U.S. Our experience in both litigated and transactional matters makes us a unique partner for your business.