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Attorney Rusty A. Payton has practiced in Chicago for the last twenty years. He is an honors graduate of the Ohio State University and the Ohio State College of Law.  His firm's practice areas are centered around helping people and businesses with some of the most important aspects of their financial lives. Buying a home, signing a lease, getting your security deposit back, forming a new business, filing bankruptcy, negotiating deb relief, dealing with foreclosure or working with a mortgage lender to modify a loan - these are all common aspects of the firm's practice.

Mr. Payton's overriding concern is to always match his client's goals with the best and most practical legal solution.  He does that by listening, communicating and employing legal strategies and remedies that suit the particular client situation.  He understands that every client brings a unique set of facts and circumstances to the table.  His work on behalf of all clients is just as personal.  At this firm, clients are treated with the utmost respect and their legal needs are met with exceptional attention to detail, understanding and professionalism.


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Practice areas


  1. Foreclosure: 25%
    27 years
  2. Chapter 7: 24%
    27 years
  3. Contracts: 20%
    27 years
  4. General Practice: 6%
    27 years
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Hourly ($295-415/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Payton Law Offices

1225 W Morse Ave Ste 100
Chicago, IL, 60626-5834


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198911/12/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Censure
    issued in IL, 2007


    Censure means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

    Rusty’s comment: “I take no shame in standing up for what is right. I made the mistake of taking on the Cook County political machine by filing over 50,000 residential tax appeals. The powers that be did not like the fact that my firm was able to achieve large tax bill reductions on behalf of the many Chicago homeowners. Charges filed with the state were politically motivated in my opinion. I fought them for quite some time but the expense to continue was enormous and thus I agreed to a censure in one case.”

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalPayton Law Offices1999 - Present
AttorneyKatz Randall & Weinberg (Now Much Shelist)1994 - 1999
AttorneyWilson & McIlvaine (Now Holland & Knight)1989 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University Moritz College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Ohio State University, ColumbusEnglish & Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986