Freeborn Partners Tina Bird, Gia Colunga and Erin McAdams Franzblau Recognized as 2022 Notable Women in Law by Crain’s Chicago Business

CHICAGO – Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that partners Tina M. Bird, Gia F. Colunga and Erin McAdams Franzblau have been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as 2022 Notable Women in Law. 

The feature showcases senior-level female law firm attorneys who have demonstrated professional success and notable accomplishments during the last 18 months. The list includes women who have made an impact in the cases they’ve handled and their pro bono work, serve as role models and mentors, and hold leadership roles in professional and community organizations. 

“Tina, Gia and Erin are accomplished attorneys and impactful leaders who have made a difference within our firm and the legal community,” said co-managing partner Steven D. Pearson. “We congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition and look forward to their continued successes in the years to come.”

Bird is a partner in Freeborn’s real estate practice group, and her nationwide practice includes construction contract drafting and negotiation, arbitrations, civil trials, mediations, claim preparation and mid-project analysis. She represents material suppliers, subcontractors, contractors, construction managers, design-builders, architects, owners and sureties in every aspect of their business.

Colunga is a partner in the firm’s litigation and labor and employment practice groups. She represents clients nationwide in all phases of complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts in a wide range of contract, business tort and employment cases. She also has an active pro bono practice, including representing clients in high-stakes immigration matters, and she regularly volunteers with nonprofit organizations. 

Franzblau is a partner in the firm’s litigation and labor and employment practice groups. She litigates employment matters, advises employers on nearly every subspecialty of employment law, and acts as employment counsel for M&A transactions. She serves as Freeborn’s associate general counsel for employment matters and co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Leadership Council. In her pro bono practice, she advocates for the rights of women and children. 

To read the full 2022 Notable Women in Law feature, visit: