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CHICAGO 22 September 2004 LAWFUEL – Best law news, legal, attorney,…

CHICAGO 22 September 2004 LAWFUEL – Best law news, legal, attorney, law firm news & legal research – Sixty-five lawyers from the Chicago office of Piper Rudnick LLP have been named Leading Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network.

The prestigious survey cites only attorneys who have been most often recommended by their peers in the network’s statewide surveys. As the Network states, “The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with Illinois lawyers asking them which of their peers they believe comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify as Leading Lawyers.” They are, the Network concludes, “the most reputable and experienced in the profession.”

The Leading Lawyers survey is relatively new, and, to date, has cited attorneys from a limited number of practice areas. The Network intends to announce additional Leading Lawyers in further categories in the coming months.

About the Leading Lawyers:

James L. Beard is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He practices in commercial real estate law and has represented clients in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. He also has considerable experience representing owners and developers of properties in sales, purchases, joint ventures, and financing transactions.

Mark A. Berkoff is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization practice group. He has extensive experience in many aspects of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Also known as a speaker and author, Mr. Berkoff is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.

Daniel S. Brennan is a partner in the firm’s Construction Litigation practice group. He advises owners, designers, and contractors on risk management in the construction process; prosecutes and defends construction claims; drafts construction and design contracts; and advises on design and construction of accessible facilities under federal law. He was heavily involved in the Soldier Field renovation project, including the negotiation of all development, design, and construction contracts. Mr. Brennan is on the Steering Committee for Division 12 (Owners and Lenders) of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry.

Michael G. Brennan is a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. He concentrates his practice on domestic and international business, licensing, and franchising matters. He also speaks and writes regularly on topics of domestic and international business law.

Peter C. B. Bynoe is a partner in the firm’s Land Use and Development practice group. He has negotiated new stadium and arena deals for major-league sports teams across the country. He was involved in the Olympic Stadium project in Atlanta, Georgia, at many stages, from defining its conceptual framework to negotiating the agreement that induced a baseball team to occupy the renovated facility. Mr. Bynoe also manages a multidisciplinary practice representing significant corporate clients.
Fredric A. Cohen is a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. He focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation. He practices in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution forums throughout the United States representing clients in commercial disputes. Mr. Cohen is listed in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers.
Louis S. Cohen is a partner and the chair of the firm’s Chicago Real Estate department. He practices on a national scale in real estate commercial acquisitions and dispositions, development, venture structuring and formation, leasing, lending, restructuring, and workouts, and in sports facilities development. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.
Merle Teitelbaum Cowin is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. She focuses on a broad range of real estate transactions. Ms. Cowin has significant experience representing lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and representing owners, developers, and investors in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and operation of commercial properties.
John T. Cusack is a partner and the chair of the firm’s Finance, Financial Services and Bankruptcy practice group. He concentrates in the area of corporate law and finance law and also has an active practice in debt restructurings and reorganizations. Mr. Cusack represents public and privately held clients as their outside general counsel or as special counsel, as well as sponsors and private equity investors in entity formation, leveraged financings, and portfolio investments.
Charles L. Edwards is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice exclusively in the area of complex commercial real estate transactions. He is cited in many international guides and surveys, including Who’s Who Legal and The Best Lawyers in America, as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers, and has been named a “Senior Statesman” in real estate law by the respected legal publisher Chambers USA.
Steven E. Ehrlich is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He has assisted in the real estate aspects and pre-IPO structuring of several of the nation’s largest real estate investment trusts. In addition, he has experience in secondary stock offerings and has worked on numerous corporate asset purchase transactions.
Michael H. Elam is a partner in the firm’s Environmental practice group. He practices in all areas of environmental law, including regulatory counseling and compliance, corporate and real estate transactions, and major litigation. He is actively involved in environmental matters both internationally and in all 10 EPA regions. Mr. Elam is particularly well known for his work with the use or reuse of brownfields.
Mark I. Feldman is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses his practice on trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and Internet and technology law. He also is cited in An International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners.

Harold W. Francke is a partner in the firm’s Land Use and Development practice group. He focuses his practice in annexation, zoning, public sector financing, tax increment financing, utility construction, real estate development, and general real estate matters, and in litigation challenging local impact fee ordinances. He has participated in the drafting of several pieces of state legislation, including amendments to the Illinois Township Open Space Act and the Illinois Road Improvement Impact Fee Law.

Elizabeth H. Friedgut is a partner in the Real Estate practice group. She concentrates her practice in the representation of lenders, investors, developers, contractors, and property managers in the financing, acquisition, leasing, and management of multiple unit residential, commercial, and retail real estate projects around the country. She also has extensive experience in federal, state, and local government programs for the development, financing and preservation of multi-family market rate and affordable rental housing projects, as well as affordable homeownership projects, nationwide.

Mark C. Furse is a partner in the firm’s Environmental practice group. He focuses his practice on regulatory compliance, enforcement proceedings, soil and groundwater remediation, complex transactions, contract disputes, and cost recovery litigation.

Dennis J. Gallitano is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Information Technology practice group. He focuses his practice in information technology and corporate law in the communications, university and higher education, health care, banking, and general corporate areas. Mr. Gallitano is a Fellow of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is ranked “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating available.

J. Kevin Garvey is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in the area of real estate transactions, including leasing, sales, and acquisitions, with an emphasis on shopping center transactions.

Deborah L. Gersh is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care practice group and co-chair of the firm’s Chicago Corporate and Securities Department. She practices in the areas of health care, private equity, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and privacy matters. She also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions of publicly and privately held companies.

Thomas F. Geselbracht is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group. Over the last two decades, he has tried and handled most kinds of land use litigation, including zoning, eminent domain, environmental, title insurance, and landlord-tenant, in dozens of trials and appeals. Mr. Geselbracht teaches these subjects at both Northwestern University Law School and the University of Chicago Law School.

Allen J. Ginsburg is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office and co-chair of the firm’s Chicago Corporate and Securities practice group. He concentrates his practice in the franchise, corporate and mergers and acquisitions, and lodging and timeshare areas. Mr. Ginsburg has written and spoken on the subjects of franchising, corporate succession planning, and mergers and acquisitions in many forums.

David Glickstein is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He has extensive experience in a broad range of real estate transactions, representing owners and developers on local, national, and international projects and representing lenders and borrowers on complex financing transactions and workouts. Mr. Glickstein is cited as one of America’s leading real estate lawyers in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Edward S. Goldman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He focuses his practice in commercial leasing, sales and acquisitions, permanent and construction financing, and construction law. Mr. Goldman’s experience includes the representation of shopping center developers, owners and developers of office buildings, office and retail tenants, and other users of real property, both locally and on a national level.
Robert H. Goldman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. His practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance. In a large part of his practice, Mr. Goldman provides legal services in the development, financing, and syndication of housing projects throughout the country and abroad. He has been named in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers as one of the top real estate practitioners in the world.
Ross Green is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He focuses his practice in the area of institutional real estate transactions and financings and represents pension funds, REITs, lenders, joint venture partners, and other institutional clients in connection with all phases of the development, financing, acquisition, and disposition of commercial real estate
Errol R. Halperin is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Business and Technology practice group. He advises major clients in general business and the manufacturing industry as well as in the real estate industry and in the real estate investment trust industry. His practice is concentrated in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, international transactions, and federal income tax law.
Stuart Hershman is a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. He focuses his practice in the franchising, general distribution, and antitrust areas. He has structured, documented, and helped implement hundreds of franchise programs, distribution relationships, and intellectual property licensing arrangements. Mr. Hershman is listed in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers
Paul Homer is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He is a general practitioner with emphasis on business litigation, securities, and corporate law. He has lectured and written on securities law aspects of real estate financing. Mr. Homer is also known for his decades of pro bono work, in particular his long commitment to the Uptown People’s Law Center. On his 80th birthday in 2003, the City of Chicago honored him by declaring November 7 to be Paul Homer Day.
Richard S. Homer is Senior Counsel to the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in the area of corporate and real estate.
Leroy G. Inskeep is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization practice group. He has served a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, insurance companies, franchisors, landlords, and real estate developers. Mr. Inskeep has authored numerous articles and lectures extensively on a wide variety of bankruptcy topics before professional, industry, and trade groups.
Howard E. Kane is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in retail, commercial, mixed-use, office, and industrial real estate. He has had the major responsibility for the legal work in the development of numerous mixed-use downtown urban developments, regional shopping centers, and industrial parks.
Sandra Y. Kellman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and co-chair of the firm’s Lodging and Timeshare practice group. Ms. Kellman’s practice encompasses all aspects of complex commercial real estate development and finance, representing both borrowers and lenders in complex multi-party, multi-property transactions. She writes and speaks frequently on real estate development topics.
Ian S. Kopelman is a partner and chair of the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. He focuses on matters involving retirement and other fringe benefit programs for clients ranging from major publicly held corporations and public benefit plans to sole proprietorships and partnerships. A nationally recognized figure in his field, Mr. Kopelman is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law. He is a member of the advisory board of Leading Lawyers of Illinois and the board of directors of the Profit Sharing Council of America and is an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School.
Ty D. Laurie is a partner in the firm’s Construction Litigation practice group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and has served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. Mr. Laurie has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America and named one of the country’s leading litigation attorneys by Chambers USA. Mr. Laurie was heavily involved in the Soldier Field renovation project, including the negotiation of all development, design, and construction contracts.
Norman M. Leon is a partner in the firm’s Franchise Litigation practice group. He represents franchisors in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution forums throughout the United States. He also has extensive experience dealing with franchisee terminations and the enforcement of post-termination covenants.
Peter A. Levy is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and co-chair of the firm’s Lodging and Timeshare practice group. Mr. Levy’s practice encompasses a broad array of real estate transactions, from office building and shopping center leasing to raw land acquisition for residential and corporate office building development. He has represented clients in all aspects of the timeshare industry for more than 20 years.
John R. Mannix, Jr., is a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate finance and corporate law. His corporate finance practice involves the representation of banks, commercial finance companies, and other institutional lenders. In his corporate law practice, Mr. Mannix represents clients engaged in venture capital and acquisitions and divestitures.

Sally J. McDonald is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group and represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. She is also known as a speaker on the topic of employment discrimination.

Keith W. Medansky is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses on a full range of transactional and litigation matters pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, software, and technology. He has broad experience in managing anti-counterfeiting programs and in helping clients address complex issues relating to intellectual property holding companies, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and bankruptcy. Mr. Medansky is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics and chairs the trademark committee of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Lee I. Miller is co-chair of Piper Rudnick LLP and a partner in the Real Estate practice group. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Miller has concentrated his practice in the area of commercial real estate law, representing clients in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and, for the past several years, has been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business in its annual listing of “Who’s Who in Chicago Business.”

Nicholas R. Minear is a partner in the firm’s Tax practice group. He focuses his practice in the areas of income taxation and corporate law. He is experienced in a broad range of business-related federal income tax matters and is also experienced in structuring partnerships and LLCs. Mr. Minear has served as an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

David N. Missner is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization practice group. He focuses in the areas of bankruptcy reorganization, commercial transactions, and banking law. He is a frequent lecturer on these topics for the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and other professional and trade organizations. Mr. Missner has been cited by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading business lawyers.

Portia Owen Morrison is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance, representing developers, and lenders in multi-family, office, retail, hotel and industrial development and redevelopment projects. She has been named one of America’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA and is listed in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers. She is president-elect of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Theodore J. Novak is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and chair of the firm’s Land Use and Development practice. Mr. Novak is one of the country’s most highly regarded land use attorneys. Both the Global Counsel Corporate Real Estate Handbook and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rank him among America’s leading lawyers. He is the only member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in the Midwest who concentrates on land use, zoning, and condemnation matters.

Jeffrey N. Owen is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial real estate attorney. His practice is national and international in scope. Mr. Owen’s clients include Fortune 50 companies, retailers, entertainment companies, developers, and global manufacturing and food service industry companies.

Harold Pomerantz is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group and concentrates his practice in complex commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of real estate assets; commercial financing; development; and commercial leasing transactions. Mr. Pomerantz is cited as one of America’s leading real estate attorneys in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is also recognized in An International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.

Timothy Ramsey is a partner in the firm’s Environmental practice group. He has a broad-based environmental practice involving regulatory compliance, permitting, transaction-based environmental risk allocation and negotiation, environmental insurance, and cost recovery litigation. He has a particular focus on brownfields cleanup and redevelopment utilizing federal and state brownfields programs and works extensively in the closure, transfer, and redevelopment of military bases under the Base Realignment and Closure Act.

David L. Reifman is a partner in the firm’s Land Use and Development practice group. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate transactions, site selection, tax increment financing and other public/private financing transactions, and transactions involving community and economic development. He has extensive experience securing entitlements and incentives for complex development projects.

Lester Rosen is Of Counsel to the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of real estate financing, including joint ventures, equity participations, mortgage lending, and workouts of troubled transactions. He counsels numerous mortgage bankers and institutional lenders, including major insurance and credit companies.

Peter B. Ross is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He has a practice that encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance and entails a full range of property classes. His experience includes representing investors, developers, corporate users, and lenders in acquisitions and dispositions, construction, leasing, venture formations, permanent and construction financings, mezzanine financings, and structured debt placements.

Lewis G. Rudnick is a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. He has practiced in the fields of domestic and international franchising and distribution law since 1964. He is also known as a prolific writer, editor, and speaker on a broad array of franchising law subjects. Mr. Rudnick is listed in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and in The Best Lawyers in America. In 2004, the International Franchise Association honored Mr. Rudnick with its William Rosenburg Leadership Award, citing his vast contributions to the organization over the years.

James P. Ryther is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He has extensive trial experience in both jury and nonjury cases, including trials related to electrical, chemical, and mechanical subject matter. Mr. Ryther is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Andrew P. Scott is a senior associate in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice group. He represents developers, property owners, and businesses in issues of land use and zoning, economic development incentives, government relations, and ethics compliance. Before joining Piper Rudnick, Mr. Scott was assistant counsel to the Honorable Michael J. Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Joseph W. Sheyka is a partner in the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. He has practiced in the field of franchising and distribution law for over twenty years. He is co-author of “General Franchising Considerations,” a chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Organizing and Advising Illinois Businesses. Mr. Sheyka is a frequent lecturer on franchising and distribution topics.

Donald A. Shindler is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in transactional and corporate real estate on a national scale. Mr. Shindler has represented numerous institutional and corporate entities and entrepreneurial developers in their real estate transactions. He writes and speaks extensively on real estate topics; is cited in Who’s Who Legal; and is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

David B. Sickle is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in transactional real estate and finance. He has experience in shopping center financing, acquisition, development, leasing, and dispositions. His retail leasing practice focuses on motion picture theaters, with both major movie theater circuits and nationally recognized shopping center developers as his clients.

Perry J. Snyderman is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in real estate law and financial matters. He has lectured extensively to bar associations and business organizations on issues relating to real estate.

Morton M. Steinberg is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He is experienced in a broad range of real estate transactions on a national basis, including sales, acquisitions, construction financing, office and hotel developments, shopping centers, commercial leasing, and multi-asset portfolio acquisitions. Mr. Steinberg is cited as a leading real estate practitioner in Who’s Who in American Law and is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Sandra J. Wall is Of Counsel to the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. She focuses in the areas of franchising and general corporate law, counseling franchise clients on a variety of franchise disclosure and relationship and general corporate matters. Ms. Wall also writes and speaks on franchise law subjects.

Richard Wendy is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning, historic preservation, and real estate development. Mr. Wendy, who trained as both an attorney and architect, has extensive experience in the leadership and management of complex, public-private development projects requiring the forging of consensus among conflicting interests in a high-intensity environment.

Dennis E. Wieczorek is a partner and the co-chair of the firm’s Franchise and Distribution practice group. For more than 27 years he has concentrated his practice in U.S. and international franchising, licensing, antitrust, and distribution law matters. He was recently chosen as the next chair of the ABA Forum on Franchising. Mr. Wieczorek is cited as a leading franchise lawyer in An International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, which also ranked Piper Rudnick as the leading firm in the world for franchise law.

Julius Y. Yacker is Contract Of Counsel for the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He devotes his practice to the creation of programs for specialized housing and community development. A large part of his practice has involved the development of housing and financing programs that serve the needs of special groups, such as tenant groups, older persons, low-income and public housing people and families, and constituents of various organizations.

Theodore I. Yi is a partner and chair of the firm’s Commercial Leasing practice group. Mr. Yi’s extensive real estate experience includes representing owners and developers, construction and permanent lenders, and various users of real property on transactions involving all types of commercial properties, such as retail shopping centers, office buildings, and industrial facilities.

Mark D. Yura is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in real estate transactional matters. His clients include lenders, investors, developers, and contractors. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business cites him as one of the country’s leading practitioners of real estate.

William A. Zolla is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate practice group. He concentrates his practice in the area of general commercial real estate. He represents real estate developers and major institutional lenders and pension funds in the acquisition, development, joint venture formation, and financing of properties in the Chicago metropolitan area and throughout the country.

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