Regine is a principal partner at Baker & McKenzie, working out of the global firm’s Chicago office. She’s on the Chicago office’s management committee as the finance partner, and she leads Baker & McKenzie’s North American Women’s Initiative.

What tips do you have to encourage women to begin to share and refer business with each other?

  •  Truly listen to those with a potential need and those who potentially can help with that need. The more you listen, the better you will be able to connect the two and be trusted.
  • The more connections you can make, the more connections will open up for you.
  • Learning about what others do is very interesting, and you can always learn from them.

What are your greatest accomplishments?

Together with two other partners, I founded Baker & McKenzie’s Global Structuring and Integration practice; I also founded the coaching program of Baker & McKenzie’s North American Women’s Initiative.

How do you make it all work?

I am still trying to figure it out. In the meantime, I strive to provide excellent services to my clients and contribute to our firm and society wherever I can.

Tell us about some of your favorite organizations or volunteer groups.

Women for Women International works with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. I assist Women for Women International with all sorts of legal matters.

The Girl Scouts do an amazing job of empowering girls in our community.

How do you find “balance”?

I am pretty sure that there is no “balance.”  Rather, do your best to be present when you work and as present when you spend time with your family or yourself.

Who were your biggest mentors?

- Sara Holtz of ClientFocus and her Women’s Rainmaker Roundtable program, (as well as) all the women I met during that two-year program. 

- Janice McAuley, who recently retired as partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto office.


  • A principal partner at Baker & McKenzie
  • Helps lead Baker & McKenzie’s Global Structuring and Integration practice
  • Serves on management committee in firm's Chicago office
  • Leads Baker & McKenzie's North American Women's Initiative


  • Corporate law
  • Cross-border business transactions


  • Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women (2010)


  • Referendar (German equivalent to J.D.), 1985
  • Assessor (German equivalent to bar exam), 1989
  • LL.M. (Transnational Business Law), University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • Currently admitted to practice law in California and Illinois