Tina Tchen heads Buckley Sandler’s Chicago office, and draws on more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels of private practice and government service. She provides corporations, boards of directors, and individuals with unique litigation, counseling, and crisis management skills.
Over the course of her extensive career, Ms. Tchen has handled complex civil litigation and enforcement matters in both state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country. She has represented major global corporations and their officers and directors in a wide range of matters, including consumer class actions, corporate investigations, government enforcement actions, executive compensation, and breach of contract litigation. Ms. Tchen also has represented public agencies in state and federal class actions, and successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the State of Illinois.
Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, she served as an Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Since joining the firm, Ms. Tchen has been instrumental in spearheading the Time’s Up movement’s Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Ms. Tchen is a leader of Buckley Sandler’s Workplace Cultural Compliance Practice, counseling companies on issues related to gender inequity, sexual harassment, and lack of diversity in the workplace. She guides companies in approaching cultural compliance issues with the same rigor and vigilance — and the same compliance-management systems and controls — that they devote to other critical risks. Ms. Tchen’s work in this area includes:
- Developing, implementing, and evaluating compliance-management systems (CMS) to address a broad range of issues, including sexual harassment, gender inequity, diversity, and inclusion
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating board-level and business-line compliance policies and procedures to drive cultural change and measure progress
- Constructing best practices for corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives
- Conducting enterprise-wide compliance risk assessments and gap analyses
- Conducting internal investigations in response to internal complaints or external inquiries
Ms. Tchen has received a variety of awards in recognition of her work, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the “Women of Achievement” award from the Anti-Defamation League, and was named Chicago Lawyer’s “Person of the Year.” She has also been recognized as a Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.
Ms. Tchen serves on numerous strategic advisory boards for organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, including the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council, Quantum Leaps, Inc., Civic Nation, the United State of Women, Women in the Service Change Initiative, and Gender Equity is Common Sense.
Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Tchen was a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, where she practiced for 23 years. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an editor of The Harvard Independent.
Tina M. Tchen quoted in Reuters article, “US-based campaign against sex harassment 'overwhelmed' by cases, official says”
Tina M. Tchen was quoted on March 20, 2018 in a Reuters article, “US-based campaign against sex harassment 'overwhelmed' by cases, official says,” which discussed the Time’s Up movement and the large amount of sexual harassment reports coming through the Legal Defense Fund. The article stated, “...In The News
Tina M. Tchen interviewed by Billboard for article, “Recording Academy appoints Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff, to chair task force: Exclusive”
Tina M. Tchen was interviewed on March 6, 2018 by Billboard for the article, “Recording Academy appoints Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama's former Chief of Staff, to chair task force: Exclusive,” following the announcement by the Recording Academy regarding partner Tina Tchen’s appointment to chair a...In The News
Tina M. Tchen was quoted on March 1, 2018 in a CNN article, “Time's Up legal defense fund takes on 1,000 cases,” which discussed the Time’s Up legal defense fund and the 1,600 requests for legal aid. The article stated, “The campaign, launched in January by some of Hollywood's most powerful women...In The News
Tina M. Tchen quoted in a Chicago Tribune article, “Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen announce second United State of Women Summit in L.A.”
Tina M. Tchen was quoted on March 1, 2018 in a Chicago Tribune article, “Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen announce second United State of Women Summit in L.A.,” which noted, “Like the inaugural gathering two years ago, this one will bring together organizations and advocates focused on issues affecting...In The News
Tina M. Tchen quoted in Washington Post article, “‘I’m brave now!’ Victims of sexual harassment say they are finding their voice through new legal defense program”
Tina M. Tchen was quoted on February 17, 2018 in a Washington Post article, “‘I’m brave now!’ Victims of sexual harassment say they are finding their voice through new legal defense program,” which discussed the story of Malin DeVoue who was fired from a Philadelphia hotel after complaining about...In The News
Tina M. Tchen was quoted on January 3, 2017 in a Law.com article, “Legal Heavy Hitters Line Up Behind ‘Time’s Up’ Launch,” which discussed the “Time’s Up” Legal Defense Fund, spearheaded by Tina Tchen to fight sexual harassment in the workplace and provide legal assistance for those who have...In The News
Tina Tchen was interviewed on Good Morning America, where she discussed spearheading the “Time’s Up” movement’s Legal Defense Fund, and the efforts by women in Hollywood to bring light to sexual harassment in the workplace. Click here to watch the interview .In The News
Tina Tchen Noted in New York Times Article, “Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan”
On January 1, 2018, the New York Times article, “Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan,” discussed the Time’s Up movement and its approach to combatting sexual harassment in the workplace. The article noted, “Ms. Tchen is spearheading the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which is...In The News
Tina Tchen was a guest on the Model Majority Podcast, with Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu on December 15, 2017, where she discussed workplace issues, including diversity in the workplace. Click here to listen to Tina Tchen’s segment, which starts at 24:30.In The News
Andrew L. Sandler and Tina M. Tchen Quoted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article, “Lawyer for Obama White House Joins Chicago Firm”
Andrew L. Sandler and Tina M. Tchen were quoted on October 2, 2017 in a Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article, “Lawyer for Obama White House Joins Chicago Firm,” which discussed Tina Tchen’s prior work at the White House and why she decided to join Buckley Sandler. The article stated, “When Christina...In The News
Tina Tchen was profiled in a Law360 article that discussed her White House career and recent move to private practice with Buckley Sandler. Tchen stated, “Buckley Sandler is a place that does the best work in the business when it comes to financial services.” The article added, “The firm also...In The News
Buckley Sandler Announces Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, to Lead Chicago Office
Washington, D.C. – Today, Buckley Sandler LLP announced that Tina Tchen is joining the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s Chicago office. Tchen most recently served in the Obama administration as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama. For 23 years prior to her...Press Releases
Tina Tchen was interviewed on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas,” where she discussed the future of financial regulation and women in the workplace.In The News
Tina Tchen Profiled in Chicago Tribune Article, “Michelle Obama's Former Chief of Staff Tina Tchen Returns to Chicago”
Tina Tchen was profiled in the Chicago Tribune article that discussed her White House career. The piece also includes a video interview in which Tchen talks about her years with the Obama administration as well as her new role in leading Buckley Sandler’s Chicago office. Click here to read the full...In The News
Sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace are issues garnering attention not just in the entertainment industry, but across business, government, and academia. The most pressing question is why so little has changed in the decades since the Supreme Court made clear that sexual...Articles
- J.D., Northwestern University, 1984
- B. A., Harvard University, 1978
- District of Columbia
- Assistant to President Barack Obama
- Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama
- Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls for the Obama Administration
- Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for the Obama Administration