Jeff Golman serves as vice chairman of Mesirow Financial and is a member of the firm's Board of Directors. He is responsible for business development in Mesirow Financial's Investment Banking group and managing key client relationships and leading deal teams throughout the transaction process.

Spanning his 35 years of experience, Jeff has successfully originated and/or executed over 250 domestic and cross-border transactions aggregating more than $100 billion. He has advised boards of directors, CEOs and senior management teams on a broad array of assignments and led teams in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, restructurings, recapitalizations, leveraged transactions and equity and debt financings. He has also served in several expert testimony matters in Delaware Chancery Court as well as other venues. Prior to joining Mesirow Financial in 2001, He was a founding partner of GGW Management Partners, LLC and a managing director of Lazard Frères & Co., LLC, opening the company’s Chicago office in 1988. He also served as Vice President in Salomon Brothers’ Chicago Banking Group from 1981 to 1988, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. 

Jeff is dedicated to serving his community as an active fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is also a member of the Development Council of B.U.I.L.D., Inc. (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) a not-for-profit organization which helps at-risk youth to realize their potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. 

In addition to his charitable involvement, Jeff is an active member of The Economic Club of Chicago and the Executives’ Club of Chicago. As both a CPA and attorney, he maintains memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Associations.

Jeff has been a consistent source of thought leadership in the industry. He has authored numerous articles and been featured in various business publications such as USA Today, Forbes, Bloomberg and Reuters, among others.

Jeff earned his BS from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and his JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif, and was an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

Jeff is also an instrument-rated commercial pilot with a jet rating.