• Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


University of Illinois (B.A., 1993)

The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1996)


Mark Stern concentrates his practice in the area of Corporate law.  He counsels clients through the course of negotiating and structuring a wide variety of commercial transactions and regularly prepares and reviews documents ranging from letters of intent and confidentiality agreements to supply and service contracts to asset acquisition and disposition agreements.  In addition, he works with Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella’s banking and municipal finance clients, representing lenders, borrowers, underwriters, and government entities in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loan transactions and bond financing.

Prior to joining Burke, Warren, Mr. Stern practiced in the corporate law group of a Springfield, Illinois, firm and has served as a hearing officer for an Illinois administrative agency. 


Representative matters with which Mr. Stern has assisted Firm clients include:

  • Negotiated purchase of the assets of a privately held, out-of-state company for a long-time, family-owned-and-operated Firm client, including investment banker engagement, due diligence review (buyer side), contract negotiation, transaction documentation, and closing
  • Coordinated sale of real estate and assets of a manufacturing division of an international pharmaceutical firm to a U.S. purchaser, including drafting and negotiation of real estate, asset sale, and ongoing supply agreements; due diligence preparation; coordination with client’s in-house, local, and specialized counsel; transaction documentation; and closing
  • Prepared official statement and disclosure documentation for $65 million University of Illinois Certificate of Participation refunding
  • Assisted majority co-owner of family-owned retail business with strategies for addressing and resolving dispute with family-member co-owner and employee
  • Prepared official statement and disclosure documentation for $292 million City of Chicago Wastewater Transmission revenue bonds
  • Reviewed and negotiated financing agreements for privately held auto dealers
  • Prepared official statement and disclosure documentation for $1.16 billion City of Chicago general obligation bonds
  • Drafted and reviewed purchase, consulting, confidentiality, and supply agreements for closely held international manufacturing firm; coordinated with in-house counsel and local and internationally-based client personnel; and negotiated with counsel for other contracting parties 
  • Prepared official statement and disclosure documentation for $105 million City of Chicago Motor Fuel Tax revenue bonds

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Citizen Initiative Award (DuPage), Citizen Advocacy Center, for role as plaintiff in Stern v. Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School Dist. 200, 233 Ill. 2d 396, 910 N.E. 2d 85, 331 Ill. Dec. 12 (2009), a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court decision establishing the right of citizens to obtain public employee employment contracts under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act


Board of Regents, Concordia University Chicago, 2010 to present (Chairman, 2016 to present)

Nominating Committee, Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 2012 to present (Vice Chairman)

Republican committeeman, York Township Precinct 86 (DuPage County), 2012 to present

Board of Directors, Chicago Lawyers’ Chapter, Federalist Society, 2003–2011

Outside counsel, Central Illinois District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1999–2000

Outside of the Firm, Mr. Stern has spoken and written on a variety of topics relating to religious liberty, current legal issues affecting religious organizations, and public education reform.  He has also worked pro bono assisting candidates in ballot access, voting rights, and election law cases, as well as assisting churches with employment and land use matters.


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