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Adam T. Berkoff is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, condominium, and mixed-use high-rise development as well as other real estate matters. Mr. Berkoff has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the State Bar Association of Wisconsin. He earned his B.A. with honors and distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a member of the Iron Cross and Golden Key Societies, and his J.D. from Marquette University, where he served as the Executive Editor of the Marquette Law Review.
Karen Beverly is an attorney at Keough & Moody, P.C., in Chicago, where she concentrates in litigation and general representation of community associations. Ms. Beverly is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations, and serves on the CBA’s Real Property Law — Condominium Subcommittee. She earned her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.
Victoria C. Bresnahan is a Partner at Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in real estate.She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, serving on the Real Property Law Committee and the Condominium Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. Ms. Bresnahan has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer, Real Estate Law: Associations & Condominiums and Residential (2015 – 2016). She earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was on the Dean’s List and an Illinois Congressional Scholarship recipient, and her J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School, where she was on the Dean’s List.
Mark W. Cantey is President of Cantey Associates and a certified public accountant, in Wheaton, where he concentrates his over 24 years’ experience on representing over 900 condominium and homeowners’ associations. He has published numerous articles and presents various seminars in the area of association taxation and accounting. He has lectured and presented various seminars and courses in the area of association taxation and accounting. Mr. Cantey is a member of the Community Associations Institute, ACTHA, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. He received his B.A. from Loyola University and his M.A. from Wheaton College.
Brian A. Cohen is a Partner with DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on real estate. Martindale-Hubbell ranks him AV Preeminent, he was named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2009, 2010), and he was named a Rising Star by Law360 (2017). Mr. Cohen earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Gabriella R. Comstock is a Principal at Keough & Moody, P.C., in Naperville, where she concentrates her practice in community association law. Ms. Comstock was admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers and serves on the CAI National Law Seminar Planning Committee. She is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Illinois State, DuPage County, and Chicago Bar Associations. She is a Cochair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Property Law, Condominium Subcommittee. She earned her B.S. from Loyola University of Chicago and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University School of Law.
Howard S. Dakoff is a Partner at Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in community association law. Mr. Dakoff is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and serves on the CBA’s Subcommittee on Condominiums. He was inducted into the College of Community Association Lawyers of the Community Associations Institute and has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005, 2007, 2010 – 2014) and an Illinois Leading Lawyer — Real Estate/Condominium Law by Leading Lawyers Network. Mr. Dakoff earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall.
Nicholas R. Galasso is a Partner at Galasso P.C., in Wheaton, where he concentrates in condominium/association law, family law, estate planning, probate, and business law. Mr. Galasso is a Past President of the DuPage Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers and a member of the DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School, where he was on the dean’s list and a CALI award recipient.
Allan Goldberg is Of Counsel to Arnstein & Lehr LLP, in Chicago, for the Condominium & Community Association Practice Group, which he formerly cochaired. He also is the former Cochair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group (2000-2013). He concentrates his practice in the real estate area, specializing in real estate development, real estate litigation, condominium and community association law, lender representation, directors and officers liability defense litigation, and affordable housing matters on behalf of for-profit and nonprofit developers and condominium converters. Mr. Goldberg regularly handles a wide range of issues on behalf of condominium and other community associations, which involves the representation of more than 500 community associations. In the area of lender representation, Mr. Goldberg is experienced in counseling major financial institutions with the structuring and implementation of complex commercial loan facilities, debt workouts, and restructurings. He also has served as an adjunct professor of law for the LLM Real Estate Law Program of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was named among Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015 by ALM. He also was chosen as one of the Chicago Tribune’s 2015 Best Lawyers in Chicago and was peer-selected for inclusion in the 2015 – 2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, Mr. Goldberg has been honored as one of the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers in 2005 – 2007, 2010 – 2013 and 2016, as recognized by his peers in the Illinois legal community. Only five percent of Illinois attorneys are recognized as Super Lawyers each year. Mr. Goldberg’s bar admissions include State of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and the College of Community Association Lawyers. Throughout his career, Mr. Goldberg is/has been involved in numerous organizations, including the following: Secretary of the Common Interest Ownership Committee, American College of Real Estate Lawyers; American College of Mortgage Attorneys; Chicago Mortgage Attorneys Association (Past President); Illinois Real Estate Attorneys Association (Board, 1997-2000); College of Community Association Lawyers; CAI’s Illinois Chapter (Board, 1983-1989) and CAI’s Illinois Legislative Action Committee (Chair, 1983-1989); Chicago Bar Association, serving on the CBA’s Executive Council of Real Property Law Committee (Chair 1989-1990) and the Committee on Condominiums (Former Chair of the Uniform Condominium Act Subcommittee); Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association (1979 – 1995); and as Team Leader of the law firm’s Amicus Brief Filing for CAIS Illinois Chapter in the Illinois Supreme Court case of Lisa Carlson v. Spanish Court Two Condominium Association (2012 – 2013). He received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
R. Kymn Harp is a Shareholder and member of the Executive Committee at Robbins DiMonte Ltd., in Chicago, and has years of service as Chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Transactions Group. Harp has over 40 years of experience representing investors, developers, business owners, and other stakeholders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and development. He is a frequent presenter at IICLE® programs and ISBA programs on topics related to commercial real estate, and he is the author and moderator for www.Harp-OnThis.com, a commercial real estate and business blog. Harp has received awards and recognitions including the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review (Rated AV – Preeminent, for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability), a multiyear selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer, and the Illinois Lincoln Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. He is a member of the Illinois, Indiana, and New Mexico State Bar Associations, and is an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Council. Harp earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from University of Illinois – Chicago (John Marshall Law School).
David C. Hartwell is a Founding Partner with Penland & Hartwell, LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on representing condominium associations, homeowners’ associations, and cooperatives in matters including corporate governance issues, covenant violations, discrimination claims, developer turnover, and construction matters. He represents associations and cooperatives as General Counsel and has served the firm’s clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, before the Illinois circuit courts, federal courts, appellate courts, and arbitration associations. Mr. Hartwell is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Condominium Committee; the Illinois State Bar Association’s Community Association Institute; the Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA); and the Apartment Buildings and Owners Association. In addition to authoring numerous articles for publications such as Condominium Lifestyles Magazine and the ACTHA newsletter, and being quoted as an authority on condominium law for articles appearing in major general circulation newspapers, he has lectured for IICLE®, the Community Association Institute, and numerous other groups on issues of Illinois Condominium Law. Mr. Hartwell received his B.A. from Lake Forest College and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Charles M. Keough is the Managing Shareholder and Partner at Keough & Moody, P.C., in Naperville, where he focuses on representing condominium and common interest community associations throughout Chicago and Northern Illinois. Mr. Keough is a member of the Chicago, DuPage, Will County, and Illinois State Bar Associations.He was chosen as a Leading Lawyer by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2009, 2010, 2015). Mr. Keough earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his LL.M. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Michael C. Kim is Of Counsel to the firm of Schoenberg Finkel Beederman Bell Glazer LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates in condominium, common interest community, and residential cooperative association representation as well as real estate law and construction law. Mr. Kim is a Fellow and a Past Governor of the Community Associations Institute College of Community Association Lawyers. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and a member and Past Chair of the CBA’s Condominium Law Subcommittee. Mr. Kim is a Coauthor for the Historical and Practice Notes to the Illinois Condominium Property Act. He earned his B.A. from the University of Hawaii (Manoa) and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a former Adjunct Professor.
Laura Lau Marinelli is a Partner and Vice Chair of the Condominium and Community Associations Practice with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on legal matters for condominium and community associations. Ms. Marinelli is Cochair of the firm’s Women’s Development Initiative. She was named as a Leading Lawyer for Real Estate Law: Associations and Condominiums (2018 – 2020) and a named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2019). She earned her B.S. from Winona State University and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Newton C. Marshall is a member of Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk & Dunne, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in the area of professional liability, construction litigation, business torts, condominium litigation, consumer claims, director liability, and business fraud. Mr. Marshall is a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys (SOICA), by invitation, the Legal Counsel Forum of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), by invitation, and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Council. He earned his B.A. from Denison University, where he was a member of the school’s economics honor society, and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Marshall is a Certified Mediator in the Cook County Court-Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program and has had intensive training in mediation and negotiation from Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
Brian Meltzer is a Partner at Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, in Schaumburg and Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in real estate. Mr. Meltzer is a member of the American College of real Estate Lawyers and the Chicago and American Bar Associations. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Kenneth A. Michaels Jr. is a Partner at Bauch & Michaels, LLC, in Chicago, where he focuses on real property transactions, management, and litigation. He is an adjunct professor and the University of Illinois Chicago Law School, a member of Scribes — The American Society of Legal Writers, and a member of the American, Illinois State, Chicago, and Illinois Appellate Attorneys Bar Associations. Mr. Michaels received his B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School. He is matriculating at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary.
Joseph W. Scharnak is a Partner at Arnstein & Lehr LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates in condominium and community associations. Mr. Scharnak is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and is on the Condominium Law Subcommittee of the CBA. He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his LL.M. in real estate law from The John Marshall Law School.
Jordan I. Shifrin is the Retired Principal of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, in Mundelein. Not only did Mr. Shifrin start Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit, he established the firm’s core values of simplicity, responsiveness, kindness, efficiency, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is among the industry’s best known and most highly respected Common Interest Community Association (condominium, townhome, homeowner, master) law attorneys. Over the years, he has counseled thousands of associations and mentored dozens of attorneys, including several who practice at KSN today. Mr. Shifrin is among the most widely published attorneys in his field, with numerous articles, newspaper columns, and two books to his credit. Additionally, he is a fellow of the CAI (Community Associations Institute) College of Community Association Attorneys, a charter member of Leading Lawyers, and a charter member of Super Lawyers (Illinois, named on the Super Lawyers list for over 10 consecutive years). Mr. Shifrin is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Association of Housing Cooperatives and the Illinois State Bar Association, and has served as president of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois — Chicago and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Kevin R. Sido is Of Counsel at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on civil litigation with an emphasis in construction law and alternative dispute resolution. He is a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Systems Chicago and the American Arbitration Association and a member of both the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. Sido earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois, where he received the Bronze Tablet Award and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Karen Skoric is President of Cantey Associates, in Wheaton, where she concentrates on accounting/taxation for community associations. Ms. Skoric is a member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also a member of the Community Association Institute (CAI-Illinois and Wisconsin Chapter), has served on the Board of Directors for both organizations as well as various committees, and is the Olympus Award Recipient of CAI-Illinois and Rising Star Award Winner of CAI-Illinois and Wisconsin. In addition, Ms. Skoric is a member of the Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Association (ACTHA) Teacher of the Learn and Lead — Financial Aspects. Ms. Skoric earned her B.S. from Elmhurst College and is a certified public accountant.
Robert J. Taylor is a Shareholder at Roetzel & Andress in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on real estate and commercial lending and leasing. He is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations and has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer (2019 – 2021). Mr. Taylor received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. and Certificate in Environmental Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Larry N. Woodard is a Senior Attorney at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., in Chicago, where he represents clients in the development, management, financing, leasing, zoning, acquisition, and disposal of their real estate interests. He has handled complex transactions involving multiple parties, properties, and lenders — encompassing many states — and has negotiated deals of all sizes and structures. His practice also extends into construction law, corporate transactions, and asset protection, as well as loan workouts, mortgage foreclosures, construction, and mechanics’ liens litigation. Mr. Woodard is a member of the real estate sections of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He is also an active member of the Chicago Association of Realtors, the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of Realtors, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Woodard is an adjunct professor of law and a clinical adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School. He has spoken or written articles on the subject of real estate law for the ABA, ISBA, CBA, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Michigan Bar Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Practicing Law Institute, and many others. Mr. Woodard received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. and LL.M. in real estate from The John Marshall Law School.
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