Donald F. Harmon


Email: dharmon@bbp-chicago.com

Practice Areas

Mr. Harmon practices primarily in the areas of corporate and municipal law. He concentrates mainly on transactional matters, serving both private and public sector clients. Mr. Harmon has counseled corporate and municipal clients on general organizational and operation matters as well as in complex transactions, including lending and financing transactions, real estate development matters, land use and zoning matters, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Harmon has also rendered legal counsel and opinions in sophisticated municipal finance transactions, serving variously as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel, borrower's counsel, and issuer's counsel. Mr. Harmon has also offered advice and guidance to not-for-profit corporations, in both general corporate matters and financing transactions. Mr. Harmon participates in the firm's appellate litigation practice and counsels clients on pre-litigation dispute resolution matters.  He also represents clients in personal injury, product liability and Worker's Compensation litigation.


The University of Chicago (J.D. 1994). The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. 1994).  Knox College (B.A. 1988).

Legal Experience

Mr. Harmon joined Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. as a Partner in January 2005. From 1994 until 2003, he was associated with the law firm now known as Mayer Brown LLP, where he practiced corporate, banking and municipal law.

Government Experience

Mr. Harmon was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2002. He is the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Assignments, and a member of the Judiciary Committee.  Prior to his election to the Illinois Senate, Senator Harmon served as Deputy Legal Counsel to then House Democratic Leader Michael J. Madigan and prior thereto he was a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow in the City of Chicago Law Department in the Special Prosecutions Division.


State Bar of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Professional Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.