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Donald F. Harmon

Phone: 312-541-8600
Fax: 312-541-8603

Donald F. Harmon joined Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. as a partner in January 2005. He practices primarily in the areas of corporate law and civil litigation. His practice 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. He 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, class action, and Workers' Compensation litigation.

First elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2002, Senator Harmon 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, Financial Institutions Committee, and Criminal Law Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

Prior to his election to the Illinois Senate, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel to then House Democratic Leader Michael J. Madigan. Before that, he was a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow in the City of Chicago Law Department in the Special Prosecutions Division.

Practice Areas

  • Banking and Commercial Lending
  • Business and Corporate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Employment and Labor
  • Municipal Law
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court (1994)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • The University of Chicago Law School
    J.D., 1994
  • The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
    M.B.A., 1994
  • Knox College
    B.A., 1988


  • Elected to Illinois State Senate (2003 to present)
    President Pro Tempore (2011 to present)
    Assistant Majority Leader (2009-2011)
    Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules
    Chairman of the Executive Committee
    Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Assignments
    Member of the Judiciary Committee

Professional Appointments and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Prior Experience

  • Mayer Brown & Platt LLP (1994-2003)
  • Deputy Legal Counsel to House Democratic Leader Michael J. Madigan, Illinois House of Representatives (1995)

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