Recent Hires

Since Much Shelist was founded in 1970, we've maintained a strategy of intelligent growth that acknowledges and anticipates our clients' evolving needs. While some firms compete on size alone, we act in our clients' best interests by adding attorneys and skill sets that offer specific, value-added services.
 
We take great care in choosing the attorneys who join our team. Most attorneys who join our firm have more than a decade of real-world, practical experience. Even our associates generally join the firm with a strong background in specific legal disciplines and come to us ready to hit the ground running.
 
We are pleased that the following attorneys have joined Much Shelist during the past year.
John A. Benson Jr.
Associate
John A. Benson Jr.
Associate

John Benson focuses on business reorganizations, Chapter 11 bankruptcy and out-of-court restructurings. John also represents individuals, financial institutions and corporate entities in litigation arising out of commercial transactions, contract disputes and commercial real estate matters.

 

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Evan D. Brown
Principal
Evan D. Brown
Principal

Evan Brown advises companies of all sizes on matters pertaining to technology, intellectual property and privacy.  His practice covers a wide range of related issues, such as licensing, online services, cloud-based technology, data security, social media, copyright and trademark protection and advertising.

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Brian J. Crump
Associate
Brian J. Crump
Associate

Brian Crump helps clients address and resolve legal issues that arise in the context of business and real estate transactions. He draws on his background in finance, management and operations, his experience as a successful real estate entrepreneur, and his work as a startup consultant for the area's leading technology incubator.

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Folarin S. Dosunmu
Associate
Folarin S. Dosunmu
Associate

Folarin Dosunmu is a business litigation lawyer who focuses his legal practice on Chapter 11 bankruptcy, business reorganizations, workouts and complex commercial litigation. Folarin has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and other interested parties in restructuring proceedings and pre-bankruptcy negotiations, including financing, preparation of auction and bidding procedures, stalking horse agreements, motion practice, sales of assets, settlement negotiations, claims objections and review, and preference and fraudulent conveyance actions.

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Dean C. Gramlich
Special Counsel
Dean C. Gramlich
Special Counsel

Dean Gramlich is a Chicago bankruptcy and commercial litigation lawyer with 29 years of experience representing corporate clients in bankruptcy, commercial real estate workouts and business reorganizations.

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J. Eric Guth
Principal
J. Eric Guth
Principal

J. Eric Guth represents individuals, businesses and financial institutions in a broad range of debt, equity, lending and transactional matters. He also provides ongoing legal advice on day-to-day corporate issues. Eric represents clients in numerous industries, including banking, financial services, chemical, packaging, energy, manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

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Joe Hylak-Reinholtz
Special Counsel
Joe Hylak-Reinholtz
Special Counsel

Joe Hylak-Reinholtz helps healthcare providers and suppliers negotiate and close corporate transactions and understand what must be done to ensure compliance with ever-changing federal and state healthcare regulations. Joe’s clients include hospitals, dialysis facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent diagnostic testing facilities and substance abuse treatment providers. Joe also has more than a decade of experience in Illinois government, where he worked on legislative, regulatory and complex budgetary issues in the healthcare field.

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Thomas C. Koessl
Principal
Thomas C. Koessl
Principal

Thomas C. Koessl defends corporations and individuals against employment-related claims, helping businesses and executives avoid or minimize the financial and public-relations costs associated with such disputes. Tom has represented small, large and multinational corporations, as well as CEOs and high-profile leaders, in numerous federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings. His work is broad ranging. In addition to helping clients address allegations of race, sex and national-origin discrimination, he provides counsel on matters such as breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, securities, environmental contamination, defamation, and legal and accounting malpractice lawsuits.

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Josh M. Leavitt
Principal
Josh M. Leavitt
Principal

Josh Leavitt advises his clients on a broad range of construction-law matters, including disputes, contracts, and counseling on industry risk. Co-chair of the construction practice, he has over 25 years of construction law experience, and is an elected Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers. 

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Jacob R. Lenzke
Associate
Jacob R. Lenzke
Associate

Jacob R. Lenzke focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation, business reorganization and bankruptcy matters, as well as on patent prosecution, licensing and other intellectual property issues.

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Melisande C. Loeppert
Associate
Melisande C. Loeppert
Associate

Meli Loeppert represents clients in a variety of legal matters with a particular focus on complex litigation, including contract disputes, bankruptcy and consumer finance issues. Meli has assisted the firm’s banking, mortgage lending, and loan servicer clients in claims brought under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Meli has prosecuted violations of building, health and safety codes; negotiated settlement offers with opposing counsel; and drafted motions, briefs and proposed ordinances.

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Mary T. Nicolau
Special Counsel
Mary T. Nicolau
Special Counsel

Mary Nicolau is an accomplished attorney who helps her clients reduce real estate tax liabilities and resolve disputes with taxing authorities and other governing entities. Mary has advised real estate companies, developers, banks, investors and other business clients on a variety of real estate tax matters. She regularly represents clients before local assessors and in hearings before local boards of review, the Property Tax Appeal Board of Illinois, Illinois Department of Revenue and the Circuit Courts on matters involving real estate tax issues including exemptions, sales in error, tax sales, specific objections and all related tax issues.

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Lee A. Robertson
Associate
Lee A. Robertson
Associate

Lee Robertson assists clients in a variety of matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, lease negotiations and other real estate transactions. Lee also represents clients before municipalities and local officials in relation to licenses, zoning changes, special uses and variations and planned developments.

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Julia G. Rybakova
Associate
Julia G. Rybakova
Associate

Julia Rybakova helps companies better understand the legal issues that affect their business decisions and strategies. She advises clients in the areas of intellectual property and corporate transactions.

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David E. Schmidt
Principal
David E. Schmidt
Principal

David Schmidt represents business entities and professional investors in a variety of matters, including venture financing, traditional private equity financing and other alternative investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, asset protection, intellectual property licensing and business partnerships. David's understanding of the operational and financial aspects of corporate decision-making are key strengths in his collaborations with executives and investors to structure practical solutions to legal and business issues.

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Peter A. Shepard
Associate
Peter A. Shepard
Associate

Peter Shepard represents clients in a variety of legal disciplines, including corporate, real estate, and employment law.

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Julia A. Turk
Principal
Julia A. Turk
Principal

Julia A. Turk represents clients in a variety of federal, state and local transactional matters, including income taxation and general corporate and partnership law. Julia is involved in all aspects of the creation of tax-efficient structures in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate private equity funds and corporations. She advises clients on the federal income tax consequences relating to the formation and operation of limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, and S and C Corporations.

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Neal L. Wolf
Principal
Neal L. Wolf
Principal

Neal L. Wolf, Co-chair of the Creditors’ Rights, Insolvency & Bankruptcy group, provides creative solutions for corporate clients facing complex business litigation, insolvency, or Chapter 11 restructuring issues. Neal focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, workouts and commercial litigation. He has represented debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, lessors and purchasers of stock or assets of insolvent entities. He also has significant experience with railroad reorganizations and commercial litigation. During his career, he has appeared in the federal courts of more than 40 states and the Territory of Puerto Rico.

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Since Much Shelist was founded in 1970, we've maintained a strategy of intelligent growth that acknowledges and anticipates our clients' evolving needs. While some firms compete on size alone, we act in our clients' best interests by adding attorneys and skill sets that offer specific, value-added services. 

We take great care in choosing the attorneys who join our team. Most attorneys who join our firm have more than a decade of real-world, practical experience. Even our associates generally join the firm with a strong background in specific legal disciplines and come to us ready to hit the ground running.

We are pleased that the following attorneys have joined Much Shelist during the past year.