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Diane E. Bell

Chicago Office

Diane E. Bell concentrates her practice in corporate matters, with a focus on private company mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and joint ventures. 

Diane advises investors and business owners, including private equity and venture funds, with respect to acquisitions and dispositions, growth equity investments, recapitalizations and the implementation and completion of exit strategies. She works closely with the management of operating businesses in complex commercial transactions, including the establishment of manufacturing and distribution partnerships and agreements.

She represents clients in a variety of industries, including media and technology, consumer products and for-profit education.

Diane is co-founder of Katten’s LGBT Coalition and is active in several Chicago and law firm diversity initiatives.

Shown below is a selection of Diane’s engagements.


Leading Lawyers Network

Leading Lawyers Network, Emerging Lawyer, 2015, 2016
Diane E. Bell


  • JD, The University of Chicago Law School
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Leading Lawyers Network

Emerging Lawyer, 2015, 2016
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  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Law School Mentoring Program
  • The Chicago Bar Association


  • Spanish
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