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Melvin Leon Sims III

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.5   32 reviews

also known as Tenants Rights Group LLC


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Melvin L. Sims III, Esq. is a Landlord-Tenant & Real Estate Attorney with 19 years of experience in the practice of law. Mr. Sims focuses on defending and prosecuting Residential and Commercial Eviction Actions throughout Northern Illinois. As the Founder and Managing Partner of The Tenants Rights Group, LLC, Attorney Sims and his team of lawyers and paralegals offer comprehensive Landlord-Tenant & Real Estate legal services to clients in Cook, Dekalb, Dupage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will and Winnebago Counties. 

 

Our attorneys are seasoned in obtaining court ordered payment plans to remain in the premises, removing evictions from the record, breaking leases with no future rental liabilit, courtersuing landlords and making sure our clients have the extra time they need to make a dignified exit at a place that works for them. We've had over 1 million dollars of back rent dismissed and have won hundreds of thousands of dollars in counterclaims against landlords for our clients. We hope that you will give us chance to show you why we believe that we are the very best Landlord-Tenant and eviction defense law firm in Northern Illinois. 

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Licensed for 17 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Tenants Rights Group LLC
123 W. Madison St.
Ste. 1500
Chicago, IL, 60602

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
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Posted by Larry | January 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
A true beast in the courtroom wastes no time getting the job done he will always be my go to if I have any future landlord issues
Posted by wiliam | January 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
miracle worker
Mr. Sims is a miracle worker in landlord court!!! Literally a miracle worker.
Posted by Florence | December 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you - VICTORY
Mr. Sims is the best!! Very Professional, knowledgeable and always responsive! He knows the ins and outs and the ups and down to making sure all is meet and meet in a timely fashion/manner. My case was settle and settlement where I was able to not pay over $26,000 (wage garnishment) and keep an eviction as well off my background. I would recommend this law firm to any and everyone!!
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Melvin was very thorough communicated and basically saved me alot of grief!! I will be referring him to everyone. I am forever grateful for him sealing my record. I was utilizing his other services as well.
Posted by Robert | March 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Got My Case Seal
Mr Sim is a life saver I felt lawyer previous just settled he got my case seal now go on with my life I’m every thankful .
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SuperSims Rescues! Assuring, reliable, kept me covered!
Whew! I felt like I was in a nightmare… my landlords are 2 seniors (70-80 yrs old in age) with a extremely heavy speech accents, and they have absolutely NO patience with today’s technologies. (Texting, Zelle, etc…) I call it (old people blues). Because of my parents are the same way. Anyway, out of no where they gave me a 30day notice to vacate my place of business. I owned a salon at the location for over 15 years. NEVER late on my rent. Just because they wanted to… they asked me to leave. HEROIC PART: Attorny Sims, educated me about them being within their rights. Then he assured me that a agreement to move within 3 months, he will make sure the filing would be sealed. He negotiated a 3 month extension so that I can close on a new property for my business. I am now retaining him as my real estate attorney for my closing. Thank you Attorney Sims! Sonya Fairley Naperville IL
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2022
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Has your BACK!
Attorney Sims is a BEAST in helping his Clients! He was there for me every step of the way and helped me keep my home. I am very happy with my results! Keep doing what you are doing. You are the BEST! Thanks Again!
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Outcome
Melvin was helpful and supportive throughout our entire process. We had a lot of questions and concerns about our living conditions and Melvin made sure we understood everything. The outcome was successful and we wish we reached out sooner.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trinity-pm properties
I was referred to this attorney by a atty friend that doesn’t do tenant landlord cases. I reached out via email and was contacted quick, efficient and professionally. I was offered great advice via phone, verbal and most importantly by the actual atty! And it was excellent low to no cost advice.
Posted by Erica | December 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Congratulations to me. I won my case thanks to Melvin Sims
Melvin was straight forwarded in stating what he was capable of doing for me. I love and respect the fact that he did exactly what he said he would do and I won my case. The quality of his work make it easy for to say I highly recommend hiring him as your attorney. You won be disappointed. Thanks again.
Posted by Leon Collins | December 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service!!
Tenants Rights Group was excellent for my case. No rent owed, no eviction on my record, almost 6 months rent free time to move very good deal for the money.
Posted by Evan Adams | December 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend Melvin Leon Sims Lawyer !!
Outstanding law firm for fighting foreclosure. Melvin and the guy who works for him were able to keep my foreclosure in court for clost to 2 years. My mortgage and assessments were over $2000.00, but I just paid Melvin $500 bucks a month and stayed in my place for almost 2 years.
Posted by Taylor Johnson | December 9, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great response Lawyer!!
Mr Sins is very good and did a very good job on my case. I will recommend him to anybody who needs to break there lease because of having a bad landlord like I had never fixing anything but always asking about rent. Mr Sims will break lease with such a landlord no problem
Posted by Declan Rose | December 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer
Melvin is the best lawyer I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He has saved my family thousands thousands of dollars! Thank you Melvin you were great!
Posted by Steiya | December 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steiya
Mr.Sims went ABOVE and beyond for me. He was so helpful and thoughtful and understanding of my unique situation, the outcome was so much better than expected!!!!!!
Response from Melvin Sims December 3, 2021
Thank you so much for this kind review! I truly appreciate it, and I'm so pleased to have been able to work things out in your favor!
Posted by Natasha | November 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT WORK DONE!!
There is soooo much I can say but not enough space!! Mr Sims is absolutely amazing! When this pandemic started I was beyond worried for my family but I had known of him to be an excellent lawyer! After reaching out and he got right on top of things from the beginning to the very end! Listen people if you want it done right and just please hire Mr Melvin Sims for your beds you will NOT be disappointed NOT one bit!!
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Response from Melvin Sims November 29, 2021
Thank you SO much for this Kind Review! Super happy that everything worked out for you and your family!
Posted by Daniel Byrne | November 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional Lawyer!!
We have several restaurants in the South and West Suburbs. When Covid hit he helped us to renegotiate 2 of our leases with success. Knows the business.
Response from Melvin Sims November 29, 2021
Thank you for this great review! I truly appreciate it and can't wait to eat at one of your restaurants again in the future!
Posted by Jackson Bell | November 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Good Lawyer!!
Very Good Lawyer. He fougt wth our landlord VERY hard. They were yelling at each other but he didn't not back down not one time! My daughtr said Mom aI'm glad he is on our side!
Response from Melvin Sims November 29, 2021
LOL! I try not to yell but sometimes it becomes necessary! Thank you for your kind review!
Posted by Hani | November 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great man and Lawer
Mr simes was a great help to me and my family. Thanks melven for doing a great job on my evtiocn case. I look forward to be able to refer mr. simes in the future to my family and friends.
Response from Melvin Sims November 29, 2021
It was my sincere pleasure to help you and your family! Thank you so much for your review.
Posted by Peter Burton | November 18, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome Lawyer!!
I've had 3 evictions for different reasons in the last 10 years. I used three different lawyers each time. Sims I used last. Wish I had used him for the first two. None of the other lawyers had his computer system that I could put on my phone, none of the other lawyers ever talked to me the way Sims did. He told me things he found out about the property from City of Chicago Building violations all the way to were the property taxes paid. Also got the eviction totally removed from my record. He's the real deal.
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Response from Melvin Sims November 29, 2021
Very glad to be of help and glad that you enjoyed our case management system! Thank you so much for this review!
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder & Managing Partner
  • Tenants Rights Group LLC
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • Howard University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Amherst College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997
  • University of Fort Hare
  • InterStudy
  • N/A

Associations

  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Bar Association
  • Director
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Cook County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Community Service Award
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Melvin
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Melvin to be an aggressive, top-tier attorney who has a reputation for working tirelessly to obtain the most favorable outcomes for his clients. He has my highest endorsement."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the nicest people I've ever met and is so knowledgeable on landlord/tenant matters. He fights hard for his clients and is great to work with. I would definitely recommend Mr. Sims to anyone with landlord/tenant and real estate issues."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Melvin is amongst the few eviction lawyers in the Daley Center that knows what he's doing. We battle often in eviction cases. He represents his clients well."
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Chicago Landlord or tenant Lawyer Melvin Leon Sims III
Melvin Leon Sims III
Landlord or tenant Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 17 years