Backed by more than two decades of legal experience, Cara M. Houck has worked extremely hard to establish herself as a renowned leader in the field of law. Currently, she is the senior principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., a Chicago-based firm that offers services in a multitude of areas, including banking and finance, bankruptcy, employment, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a trial attorney, Ms. Houck specializes in commercial litigation. Before joining the firm, Ms. Houck served as an associate at McGuireWoods LLP, through which she defended several Fortune 500 companies in business disputes, as well as product liability and mass toxic tort defense claims. Over the course of her career, Ms. Houck has tried multiple lawsuits, conducted several arbitrations, and numerously appeared before state and federal courts around the country.
Dedicated to the welfare of her community, Ms. Houck has served on several nonprofit boards focused on helping underprivileged children. Presently, she is the president of the Awassa Children’s Project in Ethiopia. Additionally, Ms. Houck has served on the board of directors of The Chicago Bar Foundation since 2015. This organization is dedicated to assisting people who cannot afford legal services. Furthermore, she is an active contributor to the Pro Bono Committee at her firm.
At the young age of 14, Ms. Houck made up her mind that she was going to be an attorney and never strayed from her chosen path. She received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1990 and went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996. In 2012, she received a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Since entering the legal arena, Ms. Houck has been consistently recognized for her achievements. She has been listed among the Illinois Super Lawyers in Business Litigation since 2012 and named the Miller Canfield Pro Bono Champion since 2011.
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