My name is KJ Elkhatib, an Attorney in Chicago.
I started Elkhatib Law, LLC because my passion is to help people understand the complexities of the law, whether it is starting a business, resolving a dispute or dealing with the injury or death of a loved one. I want to be your voice and fight on your behalf. On many occasions, I tried cases in court and argued dozens of trials representing business owners, a bank, landlords, etc.
When Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley asked me to join his team, I was honored. My role allowed me the pleasure of regularly working with the U.S. Secret Service, the White House and the State Department, as well as diplomats representing over 80 countries. I represented Mayor Daley and the City of Chicago on over 100 occasions for meetings, events and receptions with foreign Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Kings, Queens, Mayors, and many other international diplomats and business leaders.
Spending 10 years in the public sector and working with great people taught me the important role government has in our community. For the State of Illinois, I managed $50,000,000 in surplus real estate, met with property owners, inspected leased facilities, and reviewed and negotiated new leases. My efforts helped reduce expenses by $400,000.
My experience as lead attorney (General Counsel) at a prominent non-profit organization allowed me to monitor a $25,000,000 construction project, manage a $1,500,000 government grant, and assist members with claims, payment collection and business development. In addition to advising the Executive Director on legal matters, I also met with elected officials from the city, county, state and federal government.
Prior to law school, my experience was at an accounting firm where I prepared financial statements and tax returns for over 125 businesses and individuals, and performed financial statement audits. In addition, I regularly communicated with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of clients.
As a lifelong Chicagoan, I completed elementary school, high school, college and law school in the City of Chicago, earning an accounting degree from Roosevelt University and a law degree from The John Marshall Law School.