Associate Director of Pro Bono & Programs
Brian Budzicz is the CBF’s Associate Director of Pro Bono & Programs. Brian leads the CBF’s pro bono efforts, working with lawyers, firms, corporations, the courts, and pro bono and legal aid organizations to maximize the impact of pro bono work. He also plays a lead role in the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing & Debt (CCLAHD) program and oversees the CBF’s advocacy efforts with the courts for programs and policies that promote access to justice.
Prior to joining the CBF, Brian was an Assistant General Counsel at Zurich North America. He advised the company’s U.S. businesses on insurance regulatory matters, negotiated commercial transactions, and held leadership positions on governance and political action committees. Brian chaired ZNA’s pro bono program from 2019 to 2022 and served as a liaison between the Z Zurich Foundation and Year Up, a national workforce development nonprofit.
Brian received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a B.A. in African American Studies and History from Northwestern University. He serves as board president for Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, a youth mental health nonprofit.
Brian lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children.