Blake P. Sercye is a litigator focusing his practice on white-collar defense and investigations, corporate anti-corruption compliance, and complex commercial litigation. He has counseled clients regarding anti-corruption training programs, corporate compliance protocol drafting, responding to government subpoenas and inquiries, and fact discovery in internal investigations and litigation. Mr. Sercye also maintains an active pro bono practice that includes fair housing litigation, prisoners' rights litigation, and criminal defense. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Sercye handled family law and criminal records sealing and expungement matters as a Public Interest Law Initiative fellow at the Chicago Legal Clinic in the city's Austin neighborhood.
Mr. Sercye is active in several civic and community organizations. He is a commissioner of the Illinois Medical District Commission, a land-use board governing the second-largest medical district in the country, and Chicago's Zoning Board of Appeals, a body charged with reviewing land use issues that pertain to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, including proposed variations from the zoning code, special uses that require review to determine compatibility with adjacent properties, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator. Additionally, Mr. Sercye serves on the board of directors for Umoja Student Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring and college preparatory counseling for inner-city high school students, and Bethel New Life, a community development nonprofit serving Chicago's West Side. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Sercye earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Black Law Students Association. He received his A.B. in politics with honors from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.