Adnan Shams

Adnan Shams

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Chicago, IL

Marshall Grant PLLC
 | 150 N. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-564-5757
Fax: 312-564-5758
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (50%),
  • Real Estate: Business (40%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Urdu
    Attorney Profile

    Adnan A. Shams is a member of Marshall Grant, PLLC and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Adnan Shams’ practice focuses on matters dealing with corporations, with an emphasis on corporate law transactions, M&A, commercial real estate, and intellectual property. Adnan Shams has represented a wide variety of clients, including financial institutions, distributors, operators, franchisees, manufacturers, investors, tech startups, and developers within numerous industries. He also advises large and small companies on all their business and transactional needs as their outside in-house counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Adnan Shams was a shareholder at SRM Law P.C. based in Chicago, Illinois. Adnan Shams practiced for several years in the private sector in various industries providing insight and experience to effectively counsel to his clients. Adnan Shams spent years in the accounting field while at a private accounting firm and a commercial development company. Adnan Shams has also worked in the Information Technology field as a Director of Information Technology for a top 5 executive search firm. Adnan Shams gained further experience in international business and financing transactions at a commodities trading company and consulting company.

    Adnan Shams received his law degree and Bachelor of Science from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Adnan Shams has been recognized by his peers and Illinois Super Lawyer as a Rising Star each year for 2015-2020. Adnan Shams was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and is married with two children. Outside of the firm, he currently serves as the Practice Group Chair for Business and Intellectual Property for a nonprofit organization focusing on community service and outreach as well as for a nonprofit disaster relief organization.

    About Adnan Shams

    Admitted: 2008, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • ..., Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • ..., Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2018
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2017
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2015

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Authorized to practice before the USPTO, 2007

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Practice group leader for Business/IP for AMLA, lawyer based organization, 2018

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • HF Healthcare Services - nonprofit focusing on planning, commissioning, and managing healthcare facilities for Humanity First USA. Perform corporate legal services in procuring hospitals and contracts, 2017
    • AMC - perform intellectual property and real estate for nonprofit organization that performs community service and outreach.
    • Humanity First USA - its mission is to serve disaster struck and socially disadvantaged individuals and families in the poorer communities in the world. Perform corporate, real estate, and intellectual property work for this nonprofit organization., 2013
    • AMC Chicago - Perform corporate and 501(c)(3) certification services for nonprofit organization that performs community service and outreach, 2017

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Moderator and speaker at the Annual Conference in Washington D.C. for AMLA, a lawyer-based association, speaking on how to balance work and personal lives., Speaker, Balancing Work/Personal Life, 2014
    • Panelist Speaker on the Practice of Law, DePaul University, Panelist, Practice of Law, DePaul University College of Law, 2020
    • Host of an hour-long episode on the topic of Hate Speech, nationally and internationally, to be aired on satellite channel, Host, Real Talk USA, 2015
    • One of two speakers speaking to undergraduatuate students about law school, intellectual property law, and life after law school including starting a law practice, Speaker, Introduction to Law, 2015
    • Speaker at the Annual Conference in Washington D.C. for AMLA, a lawyer-based association, speaking on aspects of starting a law practice, Speaker, 2016


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    Office Location for Adnan Shams

    150 N. Michigan Ave.
    8th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60601

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    Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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