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Stephen Samuel Messutta

Real estate Attorney at Wilmette, IL

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 47 years
    Florida - FL 46 years
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1976
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    includes site acquisition, zoning, financing, construction contracting, development documentation (condos, townhomes, subdivisions, annexation agreements, redevelopment agreements, TIF & other economic incentives, sale contracts and closings

    48 years

  2. Landlord or tenant
    commercial, residential, industrial, farm

    48 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships

    50 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    construction (defects/liens), commercial litigation, evictions

    48 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    Health Care Powers, Advance DIrectives, Living Wills

    20 years

  6. Other


Stephen Samuel Messutta
1043 Manor Dr
Wilmette, IL, 600911024
Stephen Samuel Messutta
7458 N. Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60631
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Posted by Lynne | February 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very informative
Mr. Messutta provided reassurance that I was on the right track with my farmland issue. Very helpful. He was very informative and this is a very good service.
Posted by Gary | October 8, 2010
Very helpful
Quick to answer my questions with an accurate response regarding landlord/tenant issues
Posted by Diane | February 4, 2010
Strong recommendation for Steve Messuta
I worked with Steve for seven years - first as a co-worker and later as a client. He is a person of great integrity who works very diligently for his clients. He has a broad base of knowledge and can work effectively with large real estate developer and corporate clients as well as smaller individual investors and owners. I highly recommend his services.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • General Counsel
  • Norwood Builders
  • 2000 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Friedman Properties
  • 1986 - 2000
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bernstein & Yalowitz
  • 1978 - 1986
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Illinois Attorney General
  • 1975 - 1978
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  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Colgate University
  • BA
  • 1972


  • Wilmette Youth Commission
  • Commissioner (Former)
  • N/A
  • Avoca School District #37
  • Board Member (Former)
  • N/A
  • North Shore Special Ed District
  • Board Member (Former)
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Special Issues in Landlord-Tenant Matters
  • Landlord - Tenant Issues
  • 2010
  • Advaced Zoning Issues
  • Zoning
  • 2010
  • WRAP Insurance
  • Wrap-Up Insurance for Construction Projects
  • 2008
  • Economic Incentives for Developers
  • TIF Incentives
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (7)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Messutta are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Unknown Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been reading Mr. Messutta's answers for several years. He consistently provides well reasoned and thoughtful responses. I have no doubt that his clients are in good hands."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to review Mr. Messutta's responses to questions on Avvo and have been impressed with his knowledge of the law and the information that he has provided. I am pleased to endorse Mr. Messutta."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. With over a thousand answers to consumer questions published on Avvo, and his favorable client reviews and endorsements by attorneys who know him, it is easy to see that attorney Messutta knows Real Estate Law extremely well. If you have a landlord tentant or real estate law question, I think he's your answer. If his office is anywhere near you, I recommend him to you."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Other
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Mr. Messutta. His clear advice and direction is impressive. Any client would benefit from his assistance."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is as experienced as they come--yet he remains as exacting, precise, and focused as I'm sure he was on his very first case. Those are skill sets that become habit by force of will because they require attention to detail and hard work—traits all clients need and great lawyers strive to obtain."
General practice Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Stephen has a wealth of knowledge in many areas of the law. Truly a professional who takes time to fully inform his clients of their options. He is accessible and practical."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve brings vast experience to his work; he has a strong sense of detail while still keeping that overall big-picture viewpoint. He's an excellent counsel in this field."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is an excellenet lawyer who is innovative and and creative to accomplish all parties objectives in a real estate deal. Steve has an excellent command of homeowners' association law that serves him well when drafting documents, and understanding legal issues, for condominum and mixed-use projects."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve is equal parts bright and down to earth. He not only knows all the legal points, but often more important, he has oodles of common sense and thus knows what's important, what's not, and what's worth fighting over. He's also a pleasure to work with."
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