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Berton N. Ring

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.4   15 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 41 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1982
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 1992

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1992. See details

About Berton

Learn Berton’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    security deposit issues, all eviction cases, wrongful eviction matter, eviction defenses and prosecution

    42 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Commercial real estate
    business disputes, contract disputes, fraud, accounting issues, trust issues.

    42 years

  3. Litigation
    All disputes concerning commercial and real estate ,business disputes, trust disputes, probate

  4. Consumer protection
    Buy sell in business, in real estate, in small business, in contract disputes, in insurance coverages, in section 8 housing

    42 years, 150 cases

  5. Probate
    Will contests, claim contests, paternity and heirship disputes.

    35 years, 50 cases


I own and run a hands-on boutique litigation firm that has been providing aggressive and effective legal representation to individuals and businesses in civil matters since 1982. I specialize in several different aspects of law including  consumer law, class actions, housing, real estate, commercial, business disputes, and probate matters. Early in 2021 i earned my certification with the Illinois State Bar Association for mediation.

I have my CPA certificate so i unlike many lawyers, enjoy the challenge of numbers and i welcome complicated number based cases. I have cross examined CPAs before juries. 

 I am espcially proud of the extensive experience of my firm in all stages of litigation, including evidentiary hearings, admisistrative hearings, trials, appeals, and arbitrations. I have been involved at the pre litigation stage, motions and discovery, trial, post trial and appeals. I have conducted lenghty bench trials, jury trial, lenghty evideniary hearings, complicated appeals and even been to the Illinois Supreme Court on muliple arguments.

I have cross examined all kinds of witnesses including expert witnesses from forensic document examiners, nurses, builders, roofers, real estate inspectors, forensic psychologist, toxicologists, environmental engineers, mold experts, hematologists, building safety issues, security issues, handwriting expters, all sorts of construction subcontractors, accountants, CPAs, hospitality industries, appraisers, realtors,  and numerous others. 


My commitment to my clients goes beyond that of the trial. I have written numerous appeals, preparing both briefs and motions.


I really do enjoy what I do. A supervising Judge of Circuit Court of Cook County even refered to me as, "one of the leading practitioners in the area of Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance of the City of Chicago".


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123 West Madison Street # 15
Chicago, IL, 60602
Berton Ring, P.C.
123 W. Madison
15th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602
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4.4 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Posted by Rick and Maria Walkenspaw | May 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our experience
Berton due diligence with us prior to taking on our case. He reviewed the facts and advised us as to the process and time frame. He was able to resolve our problem in a timely and equitable manner. We definitely recommend Berton in a future.
Posted by Alice | August 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A.B. Webb, Ed.D
Attorney Berton Ring is a no-nonsense man wth great integrity. He will ask the tough questions because he wants the truth in order to fully work with and understand you as a person with the need for legal representation. He is organized and honest and works very hard for his clients. Mr. Ring helped me with a small case in 2018. It was about getting back my own integrity: I feel he took such a small case because he cared about me as a person though we were meeting for the first time. A larger case is at hand in my family. I have discussed with Attorney Ring the basic points just three days ago and we already getting started to get documents together. He again asked the serious and precise questions. I am grateful he will be representing my mother and family. I believe in and trust Attorney Berton Ring entirely, and know our case will be handled with great care to detail and caring throughout. I highly recommend Attorney Berton Ring for real estate matters, as there is no-one more knowledgeable and experienced in this field.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded all expectations in a legal matter
My business was confronted with an unexpected legal matter with significant exposure which could have resulted in protracted litigation and a large financial liability. Mr. Ring demonstrated his extraordinary negotiating skills resolving the matter out of court, at a tiny fraction of the potential cost. As a forensic psychologist I work in the legal system and am exposed to many attorneys. Mr. Ring ranks among the best of the best in intelligence, knowledge, creativity and execution. I strongly recommend him.
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Posted by Antonina | January 31, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Mr. Ring is highly knowledgeable and results oriented attorney. I was recommended to him by a friend. He has superior knowledge in his field and great negotiator! Professional, efficient and has great staff. Highly recommend!
Posted by Charles | December 6, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My visit today was productive it was Timely and I really appreciate the consideration the honesty and the patience of the lawyers and the entire staff I am totally satisfied and I highly recommend them to my family and friends I
Posted by ALEKSANDRA | December 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aleksandra Ralevich
Highly astute and professional Advocate that expedites your case and makes sure you WIN because he is the BEST!!!
Posted by Larby | February 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Berton Ring is a SHARK!!! Just hire him, you won't regret it.
Berton Ring recently represented me in a legal matter with my landlord, his approach was very effective. From the first call with Berton, he demonstrated how incredibly knowledgeable he was on the real estate sector and over delivered on the result I was hoping for. Berton is a tenacious attorney that should you engage with can rely on to provide outstanding service. I highly recommend Berton Ring to anyone needing legal services in the real estate sector.
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Posted by Charlie | October 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I hired him!
I was very young when I had a dispute with a landlord. Despite my delicate financial situation, a friend and former lawyer assured me that my case was a "home run" and referred me to Berton. He took on my small claims case and knocked it out of the park. We only met once, so I can't comment on his personality, but he handled everything tenaciously and got the job done. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by Mortgen Lucas | February 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Yesterday 2/26//2016..Mr. Ring dominated and conquered my difficult case against an ex-landlord after a 2 year battle of failed attempts by a previous attorney. He was recommended by a landlord friend who sated that Mr. Berton Ring was "...THE BEST.." It was the TRUTH! Mr. Ring was EXQUISITE in the court room and brought convictions against a dirty deceptive landlord... he even shamed my ex landlord's attorney for lack of knowledge and hence violating the law. If EVER a real estate attorney is needed...This law office of Berton Ring (along with attorney Mr. Stuart Clarke) is the one to attain. I have recommended this firm to represent a friend for their commercial property. I am confident Mr. Ring will dominate as he did with my case....he was shrewd, deliberate and concise ..absolutely BRILLIANT....and I got the maximum allowed in my lawsuit. I HIGHLY recommend this firm....he KNOWS the law!
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Posted by Ashley | January 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful attorney
Mr. Ring was very helpful to me in two cases in which he made sure that I was satisfied with the outcome based on the options available. I would recommend Mr. Ring to friends/family in the future. He is an advocate for his clients, and his senior associate is also very good.
Posted by Werner | September 28, 2014
Berton Ring won for me
This was a jury trial and Burton won my case. He was tenacious in defending me, He has very good courtroom skills and I would definitely recommend him. He has a great associate working for him also.
Posted by Jamie | March 20, 2012
What a GREAT Lawyer
Mr. Ring made my lawsuit so easy and always kept me informed of everything that was going on. I only had to do in to the office 3 times, once for the consultation, once to sign the paperwork, and lastly to pick up my check. My case in all probably lasted less than 6 months. He made it so easy to for me to understand what was going on. If there was any change in the status he personally call me or email me. He is a very good listener, and really was patient with me. He answered every question of mine. I would HIGHLY recommended Mr. Ring, you would not be disappointed with him at all.
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Posted by Deena | January 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My desperate situation
I'm a resident of Georgia and needed assistance in Illinois with my cousins estate she died unexpectedly and my situation was timely. A friend referred me to attorney Ring and right away he called me with a beautiful attitude then told me just what was needed to get started. Although I ended up unable to go forward I did offer to compensate his time he did spend advising me, he said no charge since no actual contract was formed but he spen sseveral days ready to answer my calls. I am so thankful for the respect and comfort he gave me during me stressful times. Thank you so much Attorney Berrton Ring for doing what you do best-bringing comfort and closure to me. Sincerely Deena Douze
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2014
Going No where Put paying for it.
I hired Mr. Ring and literally got nothing but his "Expert legal Fees" which after research is sky high. I ask for specific things which were never done but I got charged for. Also got bills that didn't match and would continue to go up even without any additional work done. I had to hire another attorney to actually get things done at 1/3 of the cost and got real results within days. More frustration and cost then anyone deserves!!!
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Response from Berton Ring June 12, 2015
since this "review" person did not leave a name or more specific information, I can not comment accurately nor completely. We take all of our cases seriously and fight hard for the client. Each case is different and I would be more than happy to review the file and provide specific information, however without the client's name and consent to do so, I am not allowed to do so. I suspect that one of my competition did this to try to bring me down. In every case, the client is required to sign a written contract with all of our fees and costs detailed out. The client is free to hire us or not. sometimes even in a contingency case, the client gets countersued. Obviously we would need to defend the client on a counterclaim.
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Posted by Rachel | October 29, 2014
I hired this lawyer after I did all the legwork myself and built the case. Once exhausting my knowledge of Illinois court system it was handed off to Mr.Rings firm. He won the case against my landlord and all I recieved was a 75$ check!!! He is definitely in this for himself and not for the client. I know that he collected more than that smh and I got kicked when I was down by a shady landlord and a shady lawyer.
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Response from Berton Ring October 29, 2014
I have checked my client roster for clients whose names are Rachel and retained my offices to sue a landlord and received $75.00. This is a false review posted by one of my opponents whom wish to discredit my reputation. The ethical rules do not allow me to discuss the specifics of any client's file unless I received consent from them. Generally, when a tenant comes to me and wishes to sue the landlord on a contingency basis with no monetary investment by them, and the landlord files a countersuit or requires the taking of depositions and costs of the court reporters must be borne by the attorney, it will affect the outcome of the tenant's overall return. Lawyers are not in a position to work for expenses only.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-650 per hour
  • Contingency 15%-50%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1992.

Suspension issued in IL, 1992
updated on 12/07/2021

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a specific period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Berton's comment: “These were two matters early in my career. The first one the client whom was not a fee paying client through the legal assistance foundation, complaint that i took too long for her divorce. She eventually still got her divorce without any payments to my firm as i agreed through the foundation not to charge the client. The second case was where the client claimed that he lost his case when he hired me to sue another lawyer for malpractice and we were unable to secure an expert witness for him,”


  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Buhari V. Mack
  • $30,000 plus legal fees.
  • Andrjewski V. Greenwich Investors/Goin Realty
  • Case settled for $138,000
  • Sheynes V. Habitat LLC
  • The case settled where each tenant received $75 due to the landlord's failure to provide the tenants copies of the building violations.
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Chicago Bar Association,Professional Fees Committee
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Supreme Court Rules Committee
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Chicago Bar Association,Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Chicago Bar Association,Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • investigator
  • 1997 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Host Dinner committee
  • Sargeant Shriver Poverty Law Center
  • 2010
  • Host Committee
  • Sargeant Shriver Poverty Law Center
  • 2008
  • Service Award
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Commercial and Residential Landlord and Tenant Law inIllionis
  • New Deecisions Under the Chicago Residential Landlrod Tenant Ordinance
  • 2009
  • Real Estate Update
  • Don't Ask or Tell can and Will hurt you and Your client
  • 2008
  • Real Estate Update
  • Lease Transactions Pitfalls
  • 2007
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues The "Don't Ask/Don't Tell Cann and will hurt you and your client
  • Landlord-Tenant Issues
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
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Landlord or tenant Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Bert Ring. Some years ago Bert found himself with a lot of work on his hands, and we worked together on mostly complex real property and landlord tenant cases. Bert's expertise, execution, and genuine concern for the clients was impressive. I see that in the time since then Bert has accumulated an impressive portfolio of published decisions."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Landlord or tenant Lawyer Berton N. Ring
Berton N. Ring
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 41 years
Free Consultation
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 1992. See details