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Adam T. Berkoff is a Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, where he has been with the firm since the beginning of his professional career. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate development, condominium development and conversion, mixed use high-rise development, vertical subdivision and vertical separation, acquisition and disposition of real estate, commercial financing (both lender and borrower representation), and office park/retail center development. Mr. Berkoff leads DLA Piper's condominium and mixed-use development group. He has vast experience in representing developers of residential condominiums, commercial condominiums, and hotel-condominiums. In addition, Mr. Berkoff has a great deal of experience with Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act registration and compliance. He is an adjunct professor in the DePaul University Real Estate Center. Mr. Berkoff has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer. Mr. Berkoff is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and a member of the CBA Condominium Subcommittee. He is also a member of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin. He received 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 Honor Societies and his J.D. from Marquette University where he served as the Executive Editor of the Marquette Law Review.
Karen Beverly is a Senior Attorney at Penland & Hartwell, LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates in the representation of privately held businesses, condominium associations, homeowner associations, and cooperative buildings. Ms. Beverly is a member of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and is on the CBA’s Business Law and Commercial Litigation Committees and it Real Property Law – Condominium Subcommittee. She received her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law and her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Victoria C. Bresnahan is an attorney at Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, in Chicago, where she concentrates in the area of real estate with an emphasis on condominium and planned unit development and real estate finance. Her experience includes service as Title Attorney and Metro Title Counsel for Ticor Title Insurance Company. Ms. Bresnahan has published works in her area of expertise, including the article, Homestead Considerations in Illinois, in Title Today and Real Property Law Communicator. She is a regular speaker and seminar instructor on a variety of topics, including “Homestead Considerations in Illinois,” “Condominiums: Buying and Selling,” “Title Insurance and Endorsements,” and “Understanding Survey Matters.” She has participated as a featured panelist and speaker for IICLE®'s course on “Condominium Projects in Crisis.” She is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
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 an attorney with DLA Piper LLP (US), in Chicago, and has been with the firm since the beginning of his professional career. Mr. Cohen handles a variety of matters relating to the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and disposition of various property types, including the drafting and negotiating of purchase agreements, financing documents, easement agreements, leases, condominium declarations, condominium disclosure materials, and hotel management agreements. Martindale-Hubbell ranks Mr. Cohen AV Preeminent, its highest available rating. In 2009 and 2010, he was named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Motgage Attorneys Association, and the Urban Institute. Mr. Cohen received 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 Senior Associate Attorney at Keough & Moody, P.C., in Naperville, where she concentrates her practice in community association law and mortgage foreclosure law. She has written several articles and routinely speaks on issues related to community associations. For example, she wrote Functioning After Palm v. 2800 Condominium Association is Possible for Community Associations, DCBA Brief (Sept. 2015), and presented A Practical Guide for Dealing With the Most Challenging Owners Within Your Association at the CAI-Illinois Legal Forum (Chicago, May 7, 201), and at the NBI Boot Camp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures (Chicago, June 8, 2015). In 2014, Ms. Comstock was admitted to the College of Community Association Lawyers, a prestigious group of attorneys practicing community association law in the United States. Fewer than 150 attorneys have been granted membership in the College. In 2015, Ms. Comstock was appointed to a position on the planning committee for the CAI Law Seminar which is hosted annually by CAI National. She is admitted to practice law in all state courts in the State of Illinois and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh District; she is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar. Ms. Comstock is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, and DuPage County Bar Associations. She is also Cochair of the Chicago Bar Association's Real Property Law, Condominium Subcommittee. She received 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 on the Condominium Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association and is a member of the Illinois chapter of the Community Associations Institute and Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations. He has been elected to the College of Community Association Lawyers of Community Associations Institute, was named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch, and has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer. Mr. Dakoff received his J.D. from John Marshall Law School and his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nicholas R. Galasso is a Partner at Galasso P.C., in Wheaton, where he concentrates in association/condo law, real estate, business law, estate planning, probate, and family law. Mr. Galasso is the President-To-Be (2017 – 2018) of the DuPage Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers and a member of the DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations. He is also the author of Restaurant Guidelines for Paying Tipped Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act: Avoiding the Hook in the Bait, 24 J. DuPage Cnty.B.Assc. Brief (2011 – 2012), and Community Associations and Not-for-Profit Board Member Liability, Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation (2011). He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List and a CALI Award recipient, and his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University.
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 with Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate and business. Mr. Harp has been Chair of the Business and Real Estate Transactions Group at Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., since 2013. He is a frequent presenter at IICLE® programs, including the Annual Real Estate Short Course, and is the author and moderator for www.Harp-OnThis.com, a commercial real estate and business blog. Mr. 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. Mr. Harp earned his B.A. from Wabash College and his J.D. from The 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 a Principal Attorney and Managing Shareholder at Keough & Moody, P.C., in Naperville, where he focuses on community association law and real estate law. Mr. Keough is a member of the Illinois State, Chicago, and DuPage and Will County Bar Associations and was chosen as a Leading Lawyer by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in 2009, 2010, and 2015. He has given presentations including, “Fair Housing Act Considerations in Drafting and Enforcing Rules and Regulations,” CAI Illinois Legal Forum Presentation, Naperville, August 20, 2015; “Buying and Selling in Condominium & Homeowner Associations: Tips and Tricks for Real Estate Practitioners,” Chicago Title Presentation, Naperville, June 23, 2014; and “Be Careful What You Ask For: Tips for the Real Estate Practitioner in Buying and Selling Condominium or Community Association Properties,” ISBA 9th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, Itasca, October 5, 2013. Mr. Keough received his J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, his LL.M. in real estate law from The John Marshall Law School, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.
Michael C. Kim is the Principal Attorney of the firm of Michael C. Kim & Associates, in Chicago, where he concentrates on condominium, common interest community and cooperative law, construction law, real estate, and civil litigation. Mr. Kim is the Cochair of the ACTHA Legislative Committee and a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers. He was chosen as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005 – 2008, 2012 - 2015) and an Illinois Leading Lawyer (2010 – 2015). Mr. Kim is a member of the Community Associations Institute; Association of Condominium, Townhome and Homeowners’ Associations; and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Kim received his B.A. from the University of Hawaii and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
Laura Lau Marinelli is a Partner at Arnstein & Lehr LLP, in Chicago, where she focuses on condominium and community associations. Ms. Marinelli is a Cochair of her firm’s Women’s Initiative Committee, a delegate of the Coalition of Women’s Initiative in Law, and a committee member for Hubbard Street Dance Bold Women Committee. She has been named as a Rising Star (2010 – 2014) and an Emerging Lawyer (2014) by Leading Lawyers Magazine as well as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Illinois (2013) by Chicago Magazine. Ms. Marinelli is a member of the Community Associations Institute and the Chicago and American Bar Associations. She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law and her B.S. from Winona State University.
Newton C. Marshall is a member of Karbal, Cohen, Economou, Silk & Dunne, LLC, in Chicago, where he maintains a diverse litigation practice representing construction companies, condominium associations, hospitals, developers, design professionals, attorneys, and real estate professionals in commercial, tort, and fraud-based litigation. He has developed a specialized expertise defending and prosecuting actions brought for violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, state professional licensing acts, and municipal ordinances involving real estate development, ownership, and management. He is also a certified mediator in the Cook County Court — Annexed Major Case Civil Mediation Program. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, and several other professional organizations. Mr. Marshall received 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.
Brian Meltzer is a member of Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle LLC, in Chicago and Schaumburg, where he concentrates his practice in general commercial law with emphasis on real estate, real estate lending, and all aspects of condominium and planned-unit developments. He has been an IICLE® author and speaker since 1977 and has taught college credit courses in real estate and business subjects. In 2013, Mr. Meltzer was on sabbatical from his firm as a Fellow in the 2013 Harvard University Advanced Leadership initiative. Mr. Meltzer received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Kenneth A. Michaels, Jr. is Principal and Manager of Bauch & Michaels, LLC, in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in commercial and business litigation and transactional work. He has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Michigan, and the Illinois Supreme Court. Mr. Michaels is a member of the Federal Trial Bar in the Northern District of Illinois. He has conducted both bench and jury trials and regularly appears in state court, federal court, and administrative hearings. He has argued appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Michaels is an active member in the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations and is a regular member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has authored numerous published law review and journal articles and presented seminars, training, and speeches to clients and large audiences. Aside from his responsibilities to his law practice and clients, he also serves on community and charitable boards and positions and is a public official serving as president and as a trustee of a regional municipal corporation. He is presently serving his fourth term, appointed by members of the Illinois General Assembly, as a trustee to the Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District located in Lake and McHenry Counties, Illinois, where he also serves as President and oversaw an over $5 million facilities expansion. Mr. Michaels received his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School where he was the first Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law.
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 a Partner in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where he concentrates his practice in civil litigation with an emphasis in construction law and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Sido is a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Systems Chicago and the American Arbitration Assocation. He is a Member of the Society of Construction Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Sido received his B.A. from the University of Illinois, where he earned the Bronze Tablet Award and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he received his J.D. from the University of Illinois.
Karen Skoric of Cantey Associates in Wheaton, has concentrated on servicing condominium and homeowners’ associations for nearly twenty years. She has previously served as President and Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the Community Associations Institute and served on the CAI-Illinois Board of Directors. Ms. Skoric is currently serving on the CAI-Wisconsin Membership Committee and Board of Director. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. A certified public accountant, Ms. Skoric received her B.S. from Elmhurst College.
Robert J. Taylor is a Partner at Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on banking, finance, and real estate. Mr. Taylor often serve as outside counsel to entrepreneurs, fast-growing companies, and mature companies in the middle market across a variety of industries. He is a member of the Chicago and American Bar Associations and the International Council of Shopping Centers. 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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