Karen G. Sodke is a partner in the corporate group with significant experience in a wide variety of complex legal transactions, including structuring and forming private investment funds, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, restructurings, private equity and venture capital investments, public equity and debt financings, and related general corporate matters. Since 2007, Karen has focused her practice exclusively on private investment funds, general partner structuring and advice and related matters. She currently represents private fund sponsors with assets under management ranging from under $100 million to over $1 billion, with products including buyout funds, venture funds, fund-of-funds, debt funds and other vehicles. She also serves as limited partner counsel for fund-of-funds when they invest in other third party private funds.


Thought Leadership


"The Offering Memorandum," by Bruce I. Ettelson, Mark Mifsud and Karen Sodke, published in The Definitive Guide to Private Equity Fundraising, a Private Equity International publication (May 2009).


Named a Rising Star by "Illinois Super Lawyers," a Law and Politics publication. (2008 and 2009)

Karen was mentioned in the article, "Big Suits: Conseco Bankruptcy" from the March 2003 issue of The American Lawyer.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1998Illinois


  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1998
    Business Editor, Northwestern University Journal of International Law & Business, 1997–1998
  • Northwestern UniversityB.S.1991