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Dawn M. Canty

Chief Deputy General Counsel
Chicago Office

Dawn M. Canty is partner and Chief Deputy General Counsel to the firm's Chicago office. She represents corporate clients who are the targets of regulatory enforcement actions and has conducted investigations and defended clients against Federal Trade Commission and state attorney general actions claiming unfair or deceptive acts or practices on the part of her clients in product marketing or advertising. She has an extensive national federal court practice, routinely litigating complex commercial disputes and civil regulatory enforcement and consumer redress actions in courts across the country. Dawn also frequently assists clients in resolving complex commercial disputes, including intercreditor disputes, lender liability claims, real estate litigation, fraud and breach of contract. Her practice includes the defense of securities and consumer fraud class action litigation.

Dawn routinely advises financial institutions, insurance companies and clients in the transportation, technology, manufacturing and communications sectors. Dawn is a counselor who attempts to avoid—rather than foster—litigation and, to that end, routinely engages in preventative business counseling of clients. She has engaged extensively in mediation and unique pre-litigation dispute resolution techniques. When negotiations fail, however, Dawn is a fierce advocate who has proven consistent in courtroom success.

Shown below is a selection of Dawn’s engagements.


Super Lawyers, Illinois, 2010–2018

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers, Women of Influence, 2017
Dawn M. Canty


  • JD, University of Michigan Law School
  • AB, The University of Chicago

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Super Lawyers
Illinois, 2010–2018

Best Lawyers

Women of Influence, 2017
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  • American Bar Association, former Illinois State Liaison; former chair, Membership Subcommittee, Class Action and Derivative Suit Committee
  • Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel Member
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