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Alexandra R. Cole is a Partner with Perkins Coie LLP in Chicago, where she focuses on real estate transactions and development, hospitality, international real estate, project finance, and construction law. In addition to writing for IICLE®, Ms. Cole has been a presenter for numerous professional organizations, including for the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Crew Resilient Leadership Workshop, and American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Ms. Cole is ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in Construction, Real Estate, and Leisure and Hospitality. She has also received the Women in Real Estate 2010 Career Achievement Award from the Illinois Real Estate Journal. She is a member of American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a member of the Steering Committee for the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, and a Founding Board Member of the Hospitality Industry Bar Association. Ms. Cole received her B.A. cum laude from DePauw University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Edward L. Filer is Of Counsel at Roetzel & Andress, LPA, in Chicago, where he focuses on construction, real estate, and banking law. He is consistently selected by his peers as a Super and Leading Lawyer in the area of Construction Law. He currently serves as the Partner in Charge of the Chicago office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA as well as the Cochair of its construction group. He is a member of the Illinois Society of Construction Lawyers, the Illinois Banking Association, and the Construction Financial Risk Managers Association. Filer received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Scott R. Fradin is a Principal and Cochair of the firm’s Construction Group at Much Shelist, P.C., in Chicago. He is also a licensed architect. Fradlin is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, a member and Past President of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, and a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee. He has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Leading Lawyers Network as a top Illinois lawyer in the area of construction law and has been named one of the top real estate attorneys in the Midwest by Midwest Real Estate News. Fradin received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. Order of the Coif with high honors from Chicago-Kent Chicago of Law.
Mark C. Friedlander is a Partner with Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in construction law. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate School of Architecture, he is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Construction Accounting & Taxation, and he is a frequent speaker and author on topics relating to design-build construction and other areas of construction law. Mr. Friedlander was rated #1 in Illinois Construction Law by Leading Lawyers Magazine — Real Estate, Construction & Environmental Edition, named an Illinois Super Lawyer, and rated #1 in National Construction Litigation Practice by Chambers USA. He is on the Board of Governors for the American College of Construction Lawyers, President of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, and Chair of the Professional Practices and Contracts Committee with the Design-Build Institute of America. Mr. Friedlander received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Samuel H. Levine is Of Counsel to Downey & Lenkov LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on real estate litigation. Levine is on the Mechanics Liens and Construction Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association, the DuPage County Arbitration Program, the DuPage County Real Estate Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association (Building Knowledge Construction Law Newsletter, Commercial Banking Collections and Bankruptcy Section Counsel, and Section Council), and Treasurer of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. Levine received his B.A. from Washington University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Lorence H. Slutzky is the Principal at the Law Office of Lorence H. Slutzky, Ltd., in Glenview, where he concentrates in the law of architecture, engineering, procurement, and construction of the built environment. Mr. Slutzky is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a founder, officer, and former president of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys. He has acted in the capacity of an advisor, negotiator, litigator, mediator, and arbitrator and was for many years an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Law’s postgraduate Center for Real Estate Law teaching construction law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and recently retired from the Florida Bar, where he was certified as a Construction Specialist. Mr. Slutzky received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University, attended the University of Exeter, England, through William & Mary, and received his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Adam C. Toosley is a Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses on construction litigation. Toosley has been recognized by Leading Lawyers and Super Lawyers and is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Managing Partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he focuses on business litigation and banking. VanFleet is a member of the Illinois State and American Bar Associations and is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. He received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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