Edward G. Quinlisk


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Edward Quinlisk is experienced in the areas of securities, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and business counseling. He has worked on a variety of transactions in the securities area, such as private placements, public stock offerings, registered split-offs, shelf registrations, Rule 144A placements, tender offers and going-private transactions. He is the co-author of the “Corporate Communications” chapter of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication, “Securities Law.” Ed’s corporate experience also includes advising clients concerning private equity investments and fund formations, representing companies in complex business transactions, corporate and securities matters, and corporate governance issues.

He represented General Motors in the 2009 sale of substantially all of its assets to a newly-formed entity sponsored by the U.S. Treasury in connection with GM’s voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code; in connection with the 2007 sale of its Allison Transmission business to The Carlyle Group and Onex Corporation for $5.6 billion, and GM’s split-off of Hughes Electronics and The News Corporation’s subsequent acquisition of 34 percent of Hughes for $6.6 billion.

Before joining the Business Department at McDonald Hopkins, Quinlisk was a partner with the Jenner & Block law firm.


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation (2000)
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, with honors (1999)
  • Roosevelt University, B.S., magna cum laude (1996)

State Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


  • "Corporate Communications," Securities Law (Ill. Inst. for Cont. Legal Ed. 2003)
  • "Recent Developments - Proxy Statements and Disclosures," SEC Issues Update, Spring 2002


  • "Clawbacks, Non-competes and Corporate Governance - A briefing and strategic discussion for board members and executives," McDonald Hopkins Roundtable, February 2012

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers (2013, 2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Rising Stars (2012)
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