It hasn't taken Kimberly Boike long to become one of the top nonprofit corporate and healthcare attorneys in Chicago. Her success at a young age also isn't surprising to her peers: Those who have worked with Boike say that she possesses a deep understanding of the law and uses this knowledge to meet her clients' needs.
An example? Earlier in her career, Boike played a key role in facilitating the merger of Holy Cross Hospital and the Sinai Health System. This was a one-of-a-kind transaction in Chicago. Since then, Boike has provided advice to a large number of nonprofit and healthcare clients in some of the most sensitive situations.
"Kim is a first-rate attorney and a counselor in the truest sense of the term," said Larry Singer, associate professor of law emeritus and former director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy at Loyola University Chicago. "She is knowledgeable about the law, but more importantly she is able to interpret it cognizant of who her client truly is and what they hope to accomplish.
"This special sensitivity is really on display in the nonprofit and mission-oriented worlds in which Kim has established her leadership, where understanding client goals and believing in your client, is so important," Singer said. "Kim truly feels a 'calling' to do this work. All attorneys work hard, but Kim goes the extra mile, and brings with it a calm, caring personality that makes working with her, and being in her presence, such a joy."
Janet Hoffman, senior counsel and pro bono counsel with the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, said that Boike's skills are especially appreciated by her clients. Boike works on several transactions that are interest-rate sensitive. Delays in these cases can cost clients 30 years of debt at a higher interest rate. Boike, though, works not only smartly but quickly, avoiding expensive delays.
Hoffman points to a series of complex financing transactions for Roosevelt University as an example of Boike's legal talents. These transactions involved three issues of bonds, which together restructured the university's debt. These transactions relieved Roosevelt of burdensome financial covenants and provided financial relief during challenging economic times.
"Kim shows unusually deep and broad experience in complex nonprofit transactions," Hoffman said. "Her calm, knowledgeable handling of clients and others is exemplary. She is an excellent draftsperson, putting into words clients’ desires, as well as skillfully negotiating the nuances of collaboration with opposing counsel."
Kathryn Kaler, associate with the Chicago office of Neal Gerber Eisenberg, said that Boike's communication skills are another important factor in her quick rise in her field.
"Kim leverages her communication skills to break down complex healthcare regulations and provide clients with straightforward guidance," Kaler said. "She cares about her clients and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that she provides clients with the answers they need no matter the time of day."