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Risa McMahon

Business Development Director

"My philosophy on business development stems from an interest in connecting with others and in understanding their pain points to better serve their needs."


B.A., Communications, University of Southern California


As Greensfelder’s business development director, Risa McMahon works with attorneys and firm administration to strengthen relationships with existing and prospective clients. Risa focuses on identifying business development opportunities consistent with the firm’s strengths and strategic initiatives. She leads the annual business development planning process and oversees the client value assessment program to determine ways in which the firm can best serve its clients and communities.

For more than 15 years, Risa has served in key marketing and business development roles supporting labor and employment, litigation, banking and finance, energy, environmental, real estate, and intellectual property practices at law firms and professional services firms across Chicago. She is proud to mentor several talented legal marketing and business development professionals and has delivered professional development presentations on impactful writing, client-focused messaging, and traditional and social media channels.

Risa has been a volunteer reader for the elderly blind since 1999 and is a regular supporter of organizations working to address domestic violence and fundamental human rights issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • Legal Marketing Association
  • Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, Law Firm Community Member
  • Legal & Professional Services Council
  • Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)

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