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Erica has practiced law for over 30 years, concentrating her time, talents and passion on assisting clients to get out of debt and to build a solid financial future. Her field of expertise includes the spectrum of distressed property issues, short sale transactions and counseling her clients in re-establishing their credit and becoming debt free and mortgage free.


Erica is also a resouce for those interested in learning the most effective ways to manage debt. Her "Debt Management Solutions" blog and E-Newsletter have become valuable resources for individuals searching for knowledgable, accessible advice from an expert in the field.


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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
    35 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Foreclosure: 40%
    8 years, 150 cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 10%
    35 years, 5 thousand cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    8 years, 20 cases



Hourly ($150-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • Rick Lee Rogers

    I endorse and highly recommend this lawyer. Erica is a leader in the Foreclosure Defense community, and is President of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys. She is well-liked by her peers and well-respected by opposing attorneys. She has a pleasant and comforting manner about her, of which her clients are always appreciative. I have worked with Erica on many cases, and would not hesitate to recommend her.


    Rick Rogers Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Arthur Ross Ehrlich

    Erica has built on her prior experience as a bankruptcy attorney and now uses that exceptional skill and knowledge base to represent those clients who experience problems with their lender or with their mortgage. She is diligent and passionate about her clients


    Arthur Ehrlich Discrimination Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

7538 St. Louis Ave.
Skokie, IL, 60076-4034


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Foreclosure Defense Law Firm of the Year in Illinois2016 International Globe Award2016
Leading Lawyer - Real Estate, ForeclosuresLeading Lawyers Network2015
Kathryn Barisa Rinella Award for Mentoring Women LawyersJustinian Society of Lawyers2015
Top Lawyer - 2015Top Lawyers of Chicago2015
Leading Lawyer - Real Estate, ForeclosuresLeading Lawyers Network2014
Top Lawyer - 2014Top Attorneys of Chicago2014
Leading Lawyer - Real Estate, ForeclosuresLeading Lawyers Network2013
Networker of the yearSkokie Chamber of Commerce2010
Paul Harris Fellowship AwardRotary Club of Chicago Far North2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentMinchella & Associates, Ltd.1999 - Present
PresidentMinchella & Porter, Ltd.1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Unity Award DinnerCommittee member2014 - Present
Attorneys Roundtable - Skokie Chamber of CommerceOrganizer2013 - Present
Skokie Chamber of CommercePresident2012 - Present
Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA)Director2012 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Section CouncilMember2011 - Present
Skokie Chamber of Commerce Board of DirectorsMember2010 - Present
Association of Foreclosure Defense AttorneysPresident2010 - Present
Honor Flight ChicagoPro Bono Attorney2009 - Present
Council of Women Realtors - Northshore ChapterMember2009 - Present
Skokie Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - Present
Justinian Society of LawyersMember1996 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationChair - Real Estate Section Council2016 - 2017
ISBA - Real Estate Section CouncilVice Chair2015 - 2016
Illinois State Bar AssociationSecretary - Real Estate Section Council2014 - 2015
Uniform Law Commission "Stakeholders" ConferenceParticipant2012 - 2012
Small Business Advocacy CouncilBoard of Directors2011 - 2012
North Suburban Bar AssociationMember - Board of Directors2010 - 2011
Small Business Advocacy CouncilPolicy Committee2010 - 2011
Rotary Club of Chicago Far NorthPresident2009 - 2010
Project Focus Board of AdvisorsBoard Member, Pro Bono Attorney2008 - 2011
Rogers Park Builders GroupMember2008 - 2009
Illinois State Bar AssociationInstructor - Bankruptcy and Real Estate Course1992 - 1992
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationInstructor - Bankruptcy law courses1992 - 1995
Chicago Bar AssociationMember - Ad Hoc Committee on Technology1991 - 1991
Chicago Bar AssociationMember - Nominating Committee1991 - 1991
Chicago Bar AssociationChair - Solo Small Firm Committee1990 - 1991
Chicago Bar AssociationInstructor - Bankruptcy law course1981 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bell to HakimianSold property on short sale after 345 days
Sharia Law Real Estate ClosingClosed a transaction under Sharia
Citimortgage v. EganService Quashed
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Publication nameTitleDate
ISBA Real Estate Section NewsletterBanker forges payoff letter to defraud bank and MERS no help2016
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Illinois)Nontraditional Sales2016
Illinois State Bar Association Real Property NewsletterRepresentation of Condominium Homeowners in Distress2013
Illinois State Bar Association, Real Estate Section Council NewsletterOptions for Distressed Homeowners2012
ISBA Bar JournalInterviewed for - Housing Crisis Intervention: Foreclosure Mediation in Illinois2012
Chicago TribuneInterviewed for - Foreclosure Crisis Gives Rise to Defense Attorneys Group2011
Personal enewsletterVarious2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ISBA Spring Law Ed ProgramBankruptcy and Foreclosure2016
Real Estate Law UpdateCase Law Update2015
ISBA Real Estate - From Contracts to ClosingPost Real Estate Contract/Closing Issues2015
Current Foreclosure LawEthics in Real Estate Law2015
Current Foreclosure LawModifications and Mediation2015
Current Foreclosure LawReceiverships and Commercial Foreclosures2015
Rotary Special EventReal Estate Now2014
Real Estate UpdateCase law update2014
Fundamentals of Foreclosure Defense and Alternative RemediesQuashing Service2014
Real Estate SeminarRepresenting Homeowners in Distress2013
Real Estate SectionNew Supreme Court Rules2013
NSBA monthly meetingEthics in Real Estate Transactions2013
National MCLE providerRepresenting Homeowners in Distress2013
Mortgage Foreclosures 2013Ethical Issues in Foreclosure (Panel)2013
Mortgage Foreclosure 2013New Supreme Court Rules (Panel)2013
Mortgage Foreclosure 2013Emergency Motions to Stay Sale2013
Monthly MeetingShort Sales - Where are We Now?2013
Monthly meetingShort Sales: Where are we now?2013
Membership meetingqNew Supreme Court Rules2013
Mandatory Continuing Legal EducationShort Sales - Where are We Now?2013
ISBA Real Estate SeminarCase Law Update2013
Illinois MCLE programHelping Distressed Homeowner2013
Home Seller's WorkshopThe Legal Aspects of Selling your Home2013
Seminar: Foreclosure AlternativesBankruptcy Options for Homeowners in Financial Trouble2012
Navigating the Foreclosure MazeSpecific Strategies - Options for the Homeowner2012
ISBA Real Estate Law UpdateUpdate of Mortgage Foreclosure Law2012
IICLE Mortgage Foreclosure, Short Sales, & Distressed PropertyMortgage Foreclosure, Short Sales, & Distressed Property2012
Elder Law SeminarForeclosure Defense for Seniors2012
Monthly Continuing Education MeetingStrategies for Distressed Homeowners2011
Monthly CLE MeetingForeclosure Practice in Cook County2011
MCLE forumAdvising Clients with Troubled Real Estate2011
Century 21 ConferenceUsing Articles of Agreement for Deed2011
Bill Moller ShowForeclosure Defense2011
Bill Moller Radio ShowForeclosure Crisis2011
Rotary Club of MaywoodTrends in the Current Real Estate Market2010
Career Stimulous ProgramReal Estate concerns with job loss2010
Women in BusinessLessons of the Great Depression2009
Rotaract Club Near NorthFinancial planning for the present and future2009
Bankruptcy, Divorce and TaxesBankruptcy Divorce and Taxes1997
Foreclosure and BankrupctyForeclosure and Bankruptcy1995
Foreclosure and BankrupctyForeclosure and Bankruptcy1995