Lisa S. Lauer


Practice Focus

Professional Experience


Lisa provides corporate and business counseling to a variety of businesses, business owners and investors in a wide array of industries. She is experienced in a broad range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions; dispositions; joint ventures and restructurings; public and private securities issuances and filings; private equity investments; corporate finance deals; tender offers; and going-private transactions. In addition, Lisa provides general corporate counseling to clients and assists on matters involving entity formation and organization, compliance issues and succession planning. She also advises companies, boards, and management teams on strategic, corporate and governance matters.  Lisa is skilled at drafting, analyzing and negotiating all types of commercial contracts and complex agreements. Lisa combines legal experience with business advice to provide exceptional results to clients. Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Lisa was an attorney with an AmLaw 100 Firm. While attending the University of Michigan Law School, Lisa served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and as a student attorney with the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Lisa worked in several disciplines for a Big 3 auto supplier.

Industry Experience

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Billing & coding
  • Consumer products
  • Consulting
  • Distribution
  • Energy
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Medical recordkeeping
  • Media & entertainment
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Packaging
  • Real estate 
  • Retail 
  • Rubber
  • Software 
  • Stamping

Cases / Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Represented provider of benefits administration in $30 million asset sale to US public company.
  • Represented private equity fund in approximately $200 million purchase of automotive supplier.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in spin-off of subsidiary and subsequent sale thereof for $6.6 billion as part of transactions valued at over $17 billion.
  • Represented Fortune 500 aerospace and defense company in numerous multi-million dollar acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Represented private equity fund in $30 million acquisition of producer of engineered polymers.
  • Represented private equity fund in $80 million divestiture of producer of specialty chemical products.
  • Represented automotive supplier in over 10 different sales of various assets and divisions to public and private entities in out-of-court restructuring.
  • Represented NASDAQ-listed wholesale provider of advanced telecommunications services in stock sale and restructuring of debt facilities in transaction valued at over $30 million.
  • Represented developer and producer of high performance copper alloys as well as chlorine and caustic soda products in connection with multi-million dollar joint venture.
  • Represented purchaser in connection with acquisition of assets of wireless device retailer, including purchase of over 200 retail leases.
  • Represented metropolitan Chicago emergency department provider in multi-million dollar asset sale to a US public company.
  • Represented several privately-held laboratories in asset and equity sales ranging from $1 million to $100 million.
  • Represented Chicago-based billing and coding company in $40 million sale to private equity fund.
  • Represented five affiliated home-health agencies based in Florida in multi-million dollar sale to a private equity buyer.


  • Represented publicly-traded, NYSE-listed company in connection with hostile tender offer of its shares, including preparation of required SEC filings.
  • Represented major commodities exchange in complete restructuring and demutualization into a stock, for-profit company and its subsequent $200 million initial public offering.
  • Represented Fortune 500 automotive company in sale of $911 million of equity in an underwritten public offering and offering of $1.5 billion of convertible debt securities.
  • Represented public telecommunications company in connection with stock exchange de-listing and “going private” transaction.
  • Represented privately-owned diversified financial services entity in connection with private offering of securities to employees and affiliates and analyzed applicable state securities laws. 

Private Equity

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest pension funds and a local, public pension fund in connection with structuring and negotiation of their investments, including addressing legal and regulatory matters arising from their not-for-profit status.
  • Represented private investment funds in numerous equity investments, including senior and mezzanine debt financings.
  • Represented financial services firm in connection with numerous private placements totaling over $200 million.
  • Represented builder of residential real estate in connection with raising funds through private placements.
  • Represented private investment firm in connection with capital commitments to private equity partnerships, including leveraged buy-out funds, mezzanine funds, venture capital funds, sector funds, community investment funds and distressed investment funds. 

Financing Matters

  • Represented Small Business Investment company lender in connection with investment in, and loan to, manufacturer of in-vehicle, end-to-end telematics solutions.
  • Represented large, national banking association in its capacity as both a senior lender and a mezzanine lender in connection with its extension of various multi-million dollar loans to borrowers in a range of industries for funding acquisitions, funding leveraged buy-outs and general working capital purposes.
  • Represented national asset-based lender in connection with the workout of a large asset-based credit facility to a multi-state manufacturing company.
  • Represented purchasers and lenders in connection with various multi-million dollar UCC foreclosure sales.
  • Represented manufacturers, contractors, service companies and retailers in structuring their borrowings.

General Corporate Counseling

  • Provided counsel to high-ranking officers of several public and private entities with respect to day-to-day legal and business matters, including drafting supply, distributor, settlement, employment, consulting, sales, licensing, and confidentiality agreements, as well as equity incentive plans, employee handbooks, governance charters, and compliance policies.
  • Represented and provided on-going legal advice to, physicians, treatment centers, clinical and anatomic laboratories, home-health agencies, hospitals, specialty pharmacies, clinics, other health-care providers, billing and coding companies and medical device companies in connection with re-organizations, equity investments, divestitures, succession planning and joint ventures.
  • Represented entities and boards of directors with respect to corporate governance, regulatory compliance and securities law matters.
  • Analyzed and counseled public clients on various defensive mechanism techniques for corporations at risk of takeover and prepared materials for their boards of directors.
  • Counseled companies on applicable public-company obligations and drafted rights plan documentation, 10b5-1 plans, insider trading policies, audit and compensation committee charters, and numerous memorandums regarding fiduciary duties, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and securities law disclosure obligations.
  • Represented audit committee of multi-national public company in connection with determining duties and responsibilities pursuant to applicable securities laws, exchange-listing regulations and general corporate laws.


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (2004)
  • Wayne State University, Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude (1999)

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Rising Stars (2012-2014)

Community Activities

Lisa has volunteered with numerous Detroit-area and Chicago-area organizations providing support to urban development projects, mentoring of at-risk youth, and survivors of Domestic abuse.
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