Christine Busanelli

Associate / Chicago

P: 312.690.5556

Before she became an attorney, Christine Busanelli spent a considerable amount of time in the insurance industry, first as a Claims Specialist, then later as a Lawsuit Negotiator and Subrogation Claim Superintendent for one of the largest insurers in the country. It was here that Christine realized many areas of her job overlapped with attorneys also employed by the company, so she made the decision to attend law school and get her degree. Since she became licensed, Christine has been able to increase the scope of her work and help a wider range of individuals and businesses.

Christine’s primary goal is to put the client at the center of everything she does. In this as well as her previous career, she always stressed professionalism and the need to focus on the goals of those she represented. She was once told that she “had a strong compass for justice,” and has always taken that as proof that clients can tell the difference between an attorney who genuinely wants to help them and one who’s simply going through the motions.

Before she received her law degree, Christine received an M.B.A. in human relations. She has long been a strong proponent for disability rights in America, having previously worked as a Legal Intern for Equip for Equality in Chicago and at the Veterans’ Legal Clinic while in law school. Christine has also served as an arbitrator. Outside the office, she strives to challenge herself just as vigorously as she does in her career, having studied standup comedy and ballet. Christine is also a former (2022) Ms. Illinois in a national pageant. She also loves to run and watch live music.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Defense Base Act
  • State Workers’ Compensation


  • J.D., University of Illinois at Chicago Law, 2021
  • M.B.A., Lewis University, 1997

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of New York (pending)


  • Berklee School of Music, Certificate in Copyright Law in the Music Business, 2019
  • Associate in Claims, Associate in Management, Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter, Insurance Institute of America, 1993-1997 8/10

Honors and Distinctions

  • Christine was one of 22 United States’ attorneys appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Presidential Commission on Disability Rights, 2023.
  • Christine is a Professional Member of The Recording Academy/The Grammy’s, 2023.  Christine was also selected as a mentor for The Grammys.
  • Christine was mentioned in Billboard Magazine, August 2023, for her involvement with The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs. 
  • Christine won a legal writing competition in law school with the Court Buddy organization.
  • During law school, Christine received multiple scholarships, was on the Dean’s List, and was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society.

Speeches and Presentations

  • Christine was an appointed speaker for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton’s Illinois Council on Women and Girls, 2021.
  • Christine is a speaker in Chicagoland for domestic abuse issues.

Classes and Seminars

  • Christine is a former college professor of Business Law.

Professional Memberships

  • ABA
  • CBA
  • ISBA

Community Involvement

  • Christine volunteers her time speaking to domestic abuse victims in the Chicagoland area.