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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 a Partner at Roetzel & Andress LP in Chicago, where he focuses on construction, real estate, and banking law. He is an arbitrator for the Cook County Construction Division and a frequent author and speaker in the areas of construction, real estate and banking law. He has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer every year for the past 12 years. He currently serves as the Partner in Charge of the Chicago office of Roetzel & Andress LP as well as the co-chair 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. Mr. 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 at Much Shelist, P.C., in Chicago, where he is Cochair of the Construction Law Group. His practice focuses on construction contracts, disputes, licensing, industry mergers and acquisitions, and finance. He is a Past President of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, and a member of the Chicago Bar Association, for which he previously served as Chair of the Construction Law and Mechanics Lien Subcommittee. He speaks frequently on emerging issues in construction law and is a regular contributor to legal and industry journals. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer in Construction Law. Mr. Fradin received his B.S. and M.S. in architecture from the University of Illinois and his J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College 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 an attorney practicing in Chicago with a focus on construction and real estate litigation. He is a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the Illinois State Bar Association (Construction; Commercial, Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy; and Real Estate Section Councils); a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; an Illinois Super Lawyer (Construction Litigation); an Illinois Leading Lawyer (Creditors’ Rights/Commercial Collections Law and Real Estate); and a frequent lecturer in the areas of mechanics liens, construction law, real estate litigation, and loan and collateral enforcement. Mr. Levine received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis 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 Member at Hirzel Law, PLC, in Traverse City, Michigan, where he focuses his practice in real estate litigation. He had been recognized as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer. Mr. Toosley received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Managing Partner of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in commercial banking. VanFleet is a Litigation Counsel of America Fellow and a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.S. with highest honors from the University of Illinois College of Commerce and Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law.
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