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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 Of Counsel to Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC in Chicago, where he concentrates in real estate litigation, construction law, and loan enforcement and defense. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Past Chair of its Commercial Banking Collections and Bankruptcy Council, Real Estate Section Council, and Construction Committee; a member of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys; and a Former Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Real Estate Law Committee. 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 his practice in construction law. He is a Founder and Past President of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, a Fellow of the American College of Construction Attorneys, and a member of the Florida Bar and Board Certified (by examination) as a Construction Specialist. Mr. Slutzky received his B.S. from Southern Illinois University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law.
Adam C. Toosley is a Partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP in Chicago, where he focuses on construction and real estate litigation. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Toosley received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Illinois.
Joseph B. VanFleet is a Partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, in Peoria, where he concentrates his practice in business litigation. He is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and the American Inns of Court. Mr. VanFleet received his B.S. with high honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
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