55 West Monroe Street, Suite 2455, Chicago, Illinois 60603
Expert witness in cases involving real estate disputes, some with claims of legal malpractice. Testimony at trial and in depositions.
Active mediator of various disputes, both pre-litigation and during litigation. Mediated cases involving numerous types of disputes, including the following: intra-family business disputes; partnership conflict; employment/trade secrets; personal injury; breach of fiduciary duty; conversion of personal property; contract interpretation and breach; construction defects; title to real property; insurance subrogation; property line and encroachment disputes; landlord/tenant; nuisance; chattel lien; debtor/creditor; family, including custody, visitation, child support and related debt issues. Settlement rate to date about 95%.
Active arbitrator of various disputes, including American Arbitration Association, FINRA and other private cases.
Engaged in private practice of law, representing entrepreneurial clients in a variety of business matters, with emphasis on real estate transactions and family business disputes. Also handle much of the legal work for the real estate business entities described below.
Principal of various affiliated entities which have bought, developed, managed, operated and sold various properties in Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere, including in the aggregate over 1,000 dwelling units and over 400,000 square feet of commercial space and having a value of over $200 million.
Secretary and General Counsel, 1991-1996; Associate General Counsel, 1989-1991
Shareholder and Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, 1991-1996; Associate General Counsel, 1989-1991. Partner in various affiliated real estate partnerships.
Responsible for all legal affairs of Jupiter Industries, Inc. (including subsidiaries), a diversified conglomerate (estimated $1 billion in revenues) with interests in construction and engineering, transportation, retailing, insurance, manufacturing and real estate, founded by the late Jerrold Wexler, and Jupiter Realty Corporation, a full-service real estate development and investment firm, and related real estate and other investment ventures. Sole employed lawyer at both companies. Reported to Board of Directors of Jupiter Industries, Inc. During this time, Jupiter Realty Corp. and its affiliated partnerships developed and/or acquired millions of square feet of retail and office space and thousands of hotel rooms and apartment units across the country at a cost of over $500,000,000.
Represented various clients in a wide range of real estate, corporate, bankruptcy, tax and estate planning matters. Clients included manufacturing and service companies, real estate developers and entrepreneurs, and individuals in a wide range of personal and business activities.
Practiced law with firm that grew from 13 to 35 lawyers in 10 years. Handled variety of corporate, tax, real estate, litigation, bankruptcy and estate planning matters. Among other things, briefed and argued cases before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals (see, e.g., Johnson v. Nationwide Industries, Inc., 715 F.2d 1333 (7th Cir. 1983)), and Illinois Appellate Court (see, e.g., People v. Community Hospital of Evanston, 108 Ill.App.3d (1st Dist. 1982)), and tried unreported cases.
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
J.D. magna cum laude, 1974
Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
A.B. magna cum laude, 1967
Lieutenant, Supply Corps, USNR
Supply Officer of Polaris submarine U.S.S. Henry L. Stimson (SSBN 655-Blue)
Received Commanding Officer's Letter of Commendation