Attorney Philip E. Ruben

Philip E RubenPhilip E. Ruben, a founder of the firm, has been in private practice for over thirty years and concentrates his practice on corporate law, transactional and securities matters, succession and estate planning, and tax matters. Phil also has substantial experience in capital raising (in the form of either equity or leverage), financing, and structuring of transactions relating to the acquisition, merger, sale, or other disposition of entities or their assets. Phil also counsels clients with respect to day-to-day business and contract matters, governance and structuring (including succession planning and tax planning), compliance in securities and capital market matters, SEC and public-company financial reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley.

Phil also is the principal of RFR Tax Services, LLC. RFR Tax prepares income tax returns for both individuals and business entities, handles IRS audits, and works with clients on tax planning matters.

Professional Activities

Prior to founding the firm, Phil was a partner at Arnstein & Lehr in the Business Transactions Group, and prior to that a partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, where he was a member of the Corporate Practice Group, the Restructuring and Insolvency Group, the Corporate and Finance Group, and the Executive Committee and Promotions Committee. Phil also has acted as the Chief Financial Officer for a start-up public biotechnology company.

Phil is also a Registered Certified Public Accountant with the State of Illinois.

Civic Activities

Phil served as the President of the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook, Illinois for approximately four years. He was instrumental in saving the facility from foreclosure, taking an active role in restructuring loans, attracting new donors and members, and reorganizing management. He presently serves as an advisor for the North Suburban YMCA. Phil also has served on the Board of Directors and as an advisory director for the American Theatre Company in Chicago.

Phil also coached softball in Northbrook for the girls’ travel teams and has coached his own daughters in many sports.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Illinois Institute of Technology

    (J.D., 1983)
  • University of Illinois
    (B.A., Accounting, 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois and U.S. Tax Court

Contact Information

  • Phone: 847-582-9901
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Contact Information

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