“Advocacy is about achieving positive outcomes for my clients. It’s a proactive activity with my client’s best interests in mind, every step of the way.”
For me, the legal system stands for the proposition of creating options for my clients. Great lawyers help their clients navigate a myriad of legal issues by empowering them with enough information to make informed decisions and encourage them to be proactive about their representation.
Clients do not make good decisions for their business when they are reacting to a situation; nor do they understand a process without participating in the solution. I want my clients to feel at ease to ask questions; to have access to relevant timely information; and to make informed decisions.
I am vested in my clients’ success. I consider myself a member of the business team.
Lema Khorshid is one of the founding partners at Fuksa Khorshid, LLC where she handles a wide range of legal matters for small- to mid-sized, closely held businesses in Chicago and New York. She frequently assists her clients with corporate transactional and intellectual property matters, and, for the past several years, she has also been lead counsel on several mergers and acquisitions that have taken her clients all over the globe.
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. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago and is also proficient in Arabic, French, and Italian.
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, DKNY, French Connection, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Nicole Miller, Thomas Pink, and Bloomingdale’s.
Lema sits on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Business Development Center. 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. In November 2017, she chaired the International Women Associate’s Women Extraordinaire Luncheon, which honors a woman in Chicago whose international humanitarian efforts advance the welfare of women and children. Since 2006, she founded and chaired BizOver™, a large-scale marketing and networking platform for entrepreneurs.
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 22 most influential women in business in Chicago.
In her time away from the office, Lema loves international travel, is a self-proclaimed foodie, and has a penchant for fashion and film.
Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, 2004
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana-B.S. Finance, 2000
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana-B.S.
Business Administration/Marketing, 2000