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Payal J Patel Associate
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ppatel@hmblaw.com
Payal J Patel
"Solving real-world problems and making the seemingly dysfunctional functional means balancing both the legal and business concerns of any matter. My goal is to make sure that I focus on both so that when advising my clients, I know what they are trying to accomplish and provide the best path for them to build innovative solutions that are more efficient, effective and pragmatic."

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.

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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.

Tailored Advice Focused on Client Needs

Clients appreciate Payal’s prompt, proactive, solution-driven advice that balances business goals and legal concerns.

Education

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

Admissions

Illinois

Honors

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

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association, member of Business Law Section

Chicago Bar Association, member

Illinois State Bar Association, member

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, member

Community Involvement

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

Articles

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

News

  • Client Success: HAAS Alert Raises $5M to Take Cellular V2X Network NationwideSeptember 7, 2021

    HMB would like to congratulate HAAS Alert on the closing of their equity financing round. The $5M in investment capital will support the nationwide expansion of Safety Cloud, the leading automotive digital alerting system that’s standard on emergency and roadway fleet vehicles. HAAS Alert’s platform enables real-time safety alerts between vehicles and connected infrastructure (V2X) to reduce the risk of…

  • Client Success: Dunes Point Capital Portfolio Company Ehrhardt Automation Systems Acquires Automation and Controls Solutions Provider SAF DrivesAugust 9, 2021

    Ehrhardt Tool and Machine, LLC, dba Ehrhardt Automation Systems ("EAS"), a portfolio company of Dunes Point Capital, LP ("DPC") acquires SAF Drives Inc ("SAF Drives"). DPC was represented by HMB’s Private Equity Team, led by Corporate Partner, Evan M. Knobloch and Corporate Associates Raymond J. Jacobi III and Payal J. Patel.

  • Client Success: Social Storytelling Platform PechaKucha Raises $2.7M in Seed FundingJune 29, 2021

    HMB would like to congratulate PechaKucha, a social storytelling platform that has been used by millions of people across the globe, and CEO and Co-founder Sean Smyth and the rest of the PechaKucha team on a $2.7 million Seed funding round. PechaKucha, based in Chicago and Tokyo, is a fast-growing storytelling platform used by millions of people across the globe. Content creators, schools,…

  • Client Success: HMB Represents Lightstream in Sale to UK-based Publicly Traded Company Vitec GroupApril 15, 2021

    HMB would like to congratulate Lightstream and its CEO and Co-founder Stu Grubbs, COO and Co-founder Aaron Hassell, CCO and Co-founder Ryan Forquer and Principal Engineer and Co-founder Dan Trocchio on a successful sale to Creative Solutions, a division of Vitec Group, a UK publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange. Lightstream is a US-based tech company that builds…

  • Client Success: WorkChew Announces $2.5M Series Seed Funding RoundMarch 30, 2021

    HMB would like to congratulate WorkChew and its co-founders, Maisha Burt and Allyson McDougal on a successful funding round. WorkChew, a startup that turns hotels and restaurants into on-demand flexible workspaces, raised $2.5 million. With WorkChew, company employees can access workspaces wherever they are: whether in an urban corridor or a suburb outside of a major city. Membership is often…

Education
  • 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
Admissions
  • Illinois
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Chicago IL 60661

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