Payal is a member of HMB’s Business and Finance Group. She focuses her practice on transactional and general counsel matters.
Prior to joining HMB, Payal worked in-house where she advised various business units on general legal matters. While completing her MBA, she was a Fellow in Loyola’s Business Law Clinic, where she advised small businesses, start-ups and not-for-profits on business planning, corporate governance and transactional matters.
While in law school, Payal was Editor in Chief of the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, where she oversaw the publication of two issues of the Journal’s fifteen volume. She was a semi-finalist in both the Transactional and IP LawMeets contract drafting and negotiation competitions. Payal was a Loyola Vis Moot Fellow and won the 7th Annual Shanghai Pre-Moot before participating in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot East in Hong Kong. She was Co-Chair of the Public Interest Law Society Auction, raising over $23,000 for public interest stipends.
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Bachelor of Arts & Science in Political Science and Psychology, McGill University, 2014
Juris Doctor with Certificates in Transactional Law and International Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2018, cum laude
Master of Business Administration with concentration in Legal Environment, Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business, 2019
CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Legal Writing, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2015
CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Advocacy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2016
Semi-Finalist, IP LawMeets, 2016
Semi-Finalist, Transactional LawMeets, 2017
International Champion, 7th Annual Vis Moot Shanghai, 2017
American Bar Association, member of Business Law Section
Chicago Bar Association, member
Illinois State Bar Association, member
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, member
Ambassador of Penny, an organization dedicated to providing safe spaces for women to openly discuss, learn, and share about their financial wellness and personal journeys
Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, Expanding Past Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes: Can an ICC Policy Paper Expand the Court’s Mandate to Prosecuting Environmental Crimes?, 2017
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