Tracy Ann Campbell - DELEGATE, Founder and CEO
Tracy A. Campbell is a distinguished lawyer and counselor with unrivaled experience guiding corporations through complex insurance coverage issues and providing risk management solutions. Her nearly 16 years of practice include successful negotiations and settlements in executive liability, professional liability, commercial general liability, construction defects, property/business interruption, product recall, and title insurance.
As partner and lead insurance attorney at Schiff Hardin LLP for six years, she represented companies of every size, including several of the nation’s largest. She identified risk exposures and counseled clients on changes to their risk management programs and insurance policies. She negotiated with insurance companies to recover insurance proceeds for her clients, and she represented corporate clients in insurance coverage litigation. Among other positive outcomes, she negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement of an environmental coverage claim and achieved a favorable determination in a case of competing claims for a policyholder’s assets.
A Chicago native, Tracy is frequently called upon to deliver speeches and presentations on risk and insurance liability issues for organizations across the United States.
I chose this career path because
Tracy chose this career path because she loves consultancy. She enjoys providing her clients and firms with the right knowledge and advise regarding insurance in order to prevent costly coverage disputes.
I prepared for this career by
Tracy received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University. In 1999, she earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
Tracy's biggest challenge was in her senior year of college at Yale University when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It began with a headache, six doctors later, she had to have surgery and was told she had only 2-3 months to live. She had six surgeries and the doctors suggested that she not go back to school. Determined to graduate on time and get that degree she went to school and graduated on time. She then went on to law school and eventually went into remission. Her brother afterwards contracted the same type of brain tumor and shortly later died.
My greatest strength(s)
Tracy's greatest strength is her resilience. She has also been recognized for her novel solutions to complex risk management and insurance liabilities. She employed innovative ways to transfer risk from her client to other parties in commercial agreements. She also drafted original insurance provisions to maximize the value of her clients’ insurance policies. Tracy developed a comprehensive insurance audit checklist for evaluating insurance policies. She has particular expertise in counseling senior-level executives and directors of both publicly and privately held companies. She is adept at taking complex concepts and language and communicating their meaning to her clients in plain, unambiguous language. Her specialty is providing risk and insurance counsel to financial institutions, product manufacturers, utilities, technology companies and professional services companies.
My greatest accomplishment to date
Tracy's greatest accomplishment was being promoted to partner at Schiff Hardin LLP of Chicago. She was the first Afro-American female to be promoted to partner at one of the largest and oldest law firms in Chicago, in over 100 years, and one of the most prestigious in the country.
My personal/professional goals
Personally as a major of political science at Yale University, Tracy's goal, is as chairperson of a national non-profit organization, to bring more diversity of students to higher education. Professionally she looks forward to advancing herself professionally in consultancy, politically and any other way that she can contribute and make a difference.
What/Who has inspired me the most
Tracy's greatest inspiration was her mom, a single mother who gave up everything for her and a women who literally worked herself into her grave. She was a woman who faced all of her challenges with grace and humility, and regardless of the difficulty entailed she never gave up. Her mother grew up in Jimsaw Arkansas, in the thirties and in the sixties she fled from the south and went to Chicago, leaving behind friends and family in order to pursue a better life. She refused public assistance, worked two full-time low-income jobs, her entire childhood, and yet they still remained very poor. She refused public assistance and made sure that Tracy was brought up in a working class area. And although, she only had a 6th grade education, she knew that Tracy was gifted and knew that she had to ensure that she received a proper education. She knew that education was the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Eventually, when Tracy had the idea of attending an Ivy League school she told her mother that one of the teacher's at school had told her, "People like you don't go to Ivy League schools", her mother responded, "Why not you?" In addition to her mother being a huge inspiration to her, some of Tracy's teachers also motivated and inspired her.
I most want to be known/remembered for
Tracy wants most to be remembered as someone who inspired and made an impact on others' lives. She wants to be known as a person who created change and was authentic.
I participate in the following organizations/memberships
A champion and mentor for African-American lawyers, she has served as former president of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago and secretary of the Illinois African-American Coalition for Prevention. Tracy is also a founding member and the past National Treasurer of the Yale Black Alumni Association, and has been a member of the board of directors of the Yale Club of Chicago for 15 years. In that capacity, among other duties, she has served as Yale’s alumni recruiter for low-income, minority and other under-represented populations in the Chicago land area for 20 years. She also serves as the chairperson of the nonprofit college pipeline program Y-Apply that prepares high achieving students from under-represented backgrounds and their families to apply to elite colleges and universities. These roles allow her to directly impact the lives of countless high achieving students who would other lack the information and resources needed to be competitive in the application pool of an elite college.
I have received the following Honors/Awards/Scholarships
In 2011, Tracy received the prestigious honor of being recognized by the Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of its 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. That same year, and again in 2013, Tracy was touted as an “Illinois Rising Star” in the area of insurance coverage by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
In addition to being nationally recognized for her legal prowess, Tracy has been noted for her vigorous sense of civic duty.
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
Tracy enjoys running, she runs half marathons. She also enjoys wine tasting and dancing. She enjoys the outdoors, mentoring students informally and she loves entertaining at her home.