Cindy Sobel is a trial lawyer at Bartlit Beck LLP, a premier boutique firm specializing in high-stakes commercial litigation. She serves as the firm’s hiring partner and concentrates her practice on complex financial cases for Fortune 100 companies, accounting firms, hedge funds, insurance companies, and private equity firms. Before practicing law, Cindy was an accountant and tax consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked in the international tax and transfer pricing groups. Cindy uses her accounting background to simplify complicated financial transactions, damages, and other related issues for judges and juries.
Cindy has significant trial experience in state and federal courts nationwide. Most recently, Cindy represented Pratt & Whitney in a multi-week bench trial regarding the Department of Defense’s $210 million claim related to Cost Accounting Standards. Cindy also served as trial counsel in a series of residential mortgage- backed securities cases, including a matter for MassMutual against Credit Suisse that settled four weeks into trial.
She currently represents several investment funds as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against AbbVie arising from AbbVie’s aborted $50 billion acquisition of Shire. In addition, Cindy serves as trial counsel for the former founders and employees of FanDuel in a lawsuit seeking damages for breaches of fiduciary duties by former members of FanDuel’s board of directors and late-stage investors during a 2018 $1 billion-plus merger.
Cindy’s drive for justice extends well beyond her legal work, as she leverages her experience to mentor others and to foster diversity and inclusion in her community. Cindy is an active member of the Advisory Council for Prep for Prep, a New York- based organization devoted to creating a generation of diverse leaders. She also served as a fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity in 2018 and on the Chicago board of directors for Step Up from 2015 to 2019, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mentorship and after-school programming to girls in under- resourced communities. Cindy chaired the Step Up board in 2018. Before joining Bartlit Beck, Cindy established a domestic violence clinic in collaboration with the City of Chicago that trained lawyers to represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining emergency and plenary orders of protection. The clinic still exists and has been used as a model by several Chicago law firms.
Illinois Super Lawyers selected Cindy as a “Rising Star” in 2013 and Crain’s Chicago recognized her as one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” in 2017. Cindy holds a law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif. She earned her undergraduate degree in economics and accounting from Washington University, graduating magna cum laude.
Cindy lives in Wicker Park with her husband, Matt, their two children, Max (11) and Zoey (8), and their beloved rottweiler mix, Walter (12). On the weekends, you can find Cindy and her family biking the streets of Chicago, hiking the trails in Palos Park, or eating tacos at their favorite local spot, Big Star.