She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters; and, for the past three years she has been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe.
Her proactive and team centric approach to counseling her business clients means empowering them with practical and creative legal solutions that are closely intertwined to their business strategy. Rather than teaching them how to react to a “legal crisis”, Lema encourages her clients to be proactive about their business ventures by developing sound legal and business strategies that work in tandem to help them maximize their profit and ensure their long term success.
Lema is frequently invited to guest speak at Small Business Centers all over Chicago, where she teaches workshops to entrepreneurs on a myriad of legal and business issues that affect their businesses. In 2009, Lema was honored by the Business Ledger for being one of the twenty two influential women in business in Chicago.
Prior to being a partner at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC, Lema spent over six years consulting hospitality, fashion, and entertainment clients on their branding and public relations strategies and initiatives in Chicago. Her clients included several prominent fashion retail establishments, hotels, nightclubs, and restaurant groups such as: The W Hotels, The Park Hyatt Chicago, Le Meridien, The Sutton Place, The Whitehall, crobar, DKNY, French Connection, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Thomas Pink, and Bloomingdale’s, to name a few.
Lema sits on the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Advisory Council, The Gateway for Cancer Research, and The Light Project. She has chaired several large scale fundraisers to support arts and cultural initiatives in underprivileged communities; brought awareness to Chicago’s fashion and arts scene; and, raised thousands of dollars to support educational initiatives for entrepreneurs. Since 2006, she founded and chaired the BizOver™, a large scale marketing and networking platform for entrepreneurs.
Lema received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Finance and Marketing, with a concentration in International Business and Italian (2000). She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago (2004). Lema is proficient in Arabic, French, and Italian.
In her time away from the office, Lema loves international travel, is a self proclaimed foodie, and has a penchant for fashion and film.