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Brian Joseph Massimino

Litigation Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   36 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 19 years
    Missouri - MO 20 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2004
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2003
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Business disputes (contract and tort); Real estate matters; landlord-tenant disputes.

    21 years, 275 cases

  2. Business
    Assisting small businesses in contract, real estate and risk management matters.

    21 years, 150 cases

My goal is simple: Get you the best possible result in the most cost-effective manner.

We represent clients in all facets of business litigation and complex commercial matters, including cases involving breach of contract, limited liability company dissolution, employment, corporate control, business torts, real estate and franchise matters. I have extensive trial experience involving corporate and business disputes. I have successfully represented individuals, small businesses and large corporations as both plaintiffs and defendants.


Lavelle Law, Ltd.
141 West Jackson Boulevard, Ste 2800
Chicago, IL, 60604
Lavelle Law, Ltd.
1933 North Meacham Road, Ste 600
Schaumburg, IL, 60173
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Posted by Steve | December 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Chicagoland
Brian Massimino was hired to litigate a family related inheritance lawsuit. He was extremely knowledgeable about all discovery and evidence that had been collected.When he spoke to me it was evident that he analyzed and planned a path to a successful outcome. He kept me well-informed on any new or changing situation. He provided options for the path forward indicating which he thought best. I always followed his recommendations. In court, the opposing counsel said to the judge that Brian's written motion was the best he'd ever seen and was going to keep it as a reference. The judge agreed with the fact that it was a great motion. Needless to say, I was successful in the outcome of my litigation, primarily because of Brian's attention to detail, his communication skills and his intelligent approach to the situation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional and knowledgeable
Brian was a true professional helping us navigate dealing with a difficult general contractor who defaulted on a contract. Brian was responsive and quick to update us with the latest negotiation details Additionally, he always available to discuss strategy or answer any questions or concerns. In the end he was able to bring us to a resolution we were happy with while avoiding litigation. We can’t say enough about our positive experience with Brian and Lavelle Law.
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Posted by Antonio Hernandez | October 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
One of the few but the best!
After hours of searching for legal help and many no answers with thousands of upfront payments i got a call from Brian Massimino and saved my sense of someone who actually was willing to help no matter what my situation is or was. Brian Massimino and his group have been a true blessing and have gone above and beyond willing to help me when no one else would. I am absolutely thankful because i was out of leads and places to call. This group is a true law firm that will do what is possible to do and not put the price first but the person that needs help first and work with you. Give them a call and see for yourself, they are truly helpful and an awesome group!
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Posted by Jon | February 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Talented and Effective Attorney. Good Man.
At a critical time in my professional life, I was forced to make an important decision regarding legal representation based on nothing more than a referral. A scary proposition. I soon met with Matt Sheahin, then began working closely with Brian Massimino. I was immediately impressed with Brian’s thoughtful and thorough approach to his work, and was further made comfortable by his knowledge and calm demeanor. In a crisis, it is often the clearest thinkers who are most effective. Brian has a sharp legal mind, and was methodical both in dissecting the nuances of my legal matter and in providing wise counsel to properly address this matter every step along the way. He was ALWAYS available to discuss my case, and honestly made me feel like it was personal to him in ways I cannot imagine are normal for such relationships. THIS is what stands out most to me about Brian Massimino as an attorney. When you NEED legal representation… what you WANT is talented, motivated, people who are willing to bring their full arsenal of talent to bear by working hard on your behalf to achieve clearly determined goals, while maintaining consistent communication with you throughout. Then you want them to WIN. Brian did all of these things, and I will always be thankful to him and this organization, for that. Everyone I have come into contact with at Lavelle Law has been a pleasure to work with, but Brian was the tip of the spear in my case, and I am very happy that he was! I cannot recommend him highly enough! ~ Jon Romano
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Posted by Andriy | January 18, 2022
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A True Professional
Brian was able to help our company in settling a payment dispute. He is very knowledgable in his field. A+
Posted by Kim | July 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Knowledgeable and Attentive Attorney!
I recently had a commissions dispute with my former employer. Attorney Brian Massimino was highly recommend to me by another attorney to help me navigate through this dispute. He was extremely knowledgeable, attentive and helpful. I am beyond happy with the results I received. I highly recommend Lavelle Law Firm, especially Brian. I will definitely utilize his services should I have a need for an attorney in the future!
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Posted by Matt | July 13, 2021
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Great lawyer, awesome outcome.
Brian Massimino took on my case and was incredibly helpful. He provided timely updates, always kept me informed, and reached a solution I was very happy with. Highly recommend.
Posted by Karen | March 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best legal support we could have hoped for!
Brian Massimino is an exceptional lawyer! My husband and I both worked with him related to 2 separate legal needs, which had been very frustrating and confusing to us. Brian always took the time to listen, understand, and then provide incredibly wise legal guidance and representation. He helped us feel comfortable and relieved a lot of anxiety about the process. It was obvious from the start that he truly cared about us as clients and not just as another case. His expertise instills confidence that he will do the best job possible, and his genuine kindness facilitates working collaboratively. He responds quickly to every communication despite how busy he is, answers questions patiently, always follows up thoughtfully to clarify details, and includes you as a team to ensure the focus stays on desired outcome of the case. We are grateful beyond word for the legal support he has given us which resulted in positive outcomes. We would absolutely work with him again if ever needed, and very highly recommend to anyone else!
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Posted by Kenneth | February 16, 2021
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Highly Recommend!
It's hard to put into words all that I received from Brian Massimino and the Lavelle Law team. It certainly was much more than merely legal representation. A while back I found myself in unchartered territory when a real estate deal went completely wrong. It turned out to be a long and arduous process that tested patience & stamina. In hind site I would not have wanted any other lawyer to champion this effort. Brian & the Lavelle team embody qualities such as professionalism, knowledge, patience, guidance, & integrity. I learned more than I ever expected through the process and am a better person for it. Thank you Brian & all of the Lavelle team members involved.
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Posted by Claude | December 9, 2020
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claude ohanesian Owner / President of CGO Wealth Management, LLC
Brian Massimino is my attorney. he is intelligent , thoughtful, giving of his time, always there for me . He is candid , honest with his advice. if he believes i should not pursue something he tells me instead of pursing it to earn a fee. i trust him to the end of the world
Posted by Sharon | June 22, 2020
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Property Encroachment Issue
I was completely satisfied with the way Brian handled the case. It was an extremely involved encroachment negotiation involving the city, Statefarm,a difficult neighbor and several other attorneys. Brians ability to research and resolve things was the reason we were able to reach a fair conclusion.I have referred him to people i know in real estate as a go to attorney if help is needed for property negotiations.Call him, if he doesn't have the answer he will look until he does have an answer. Highly recommend
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2020
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I am very pleased with the outcome of Brian's hard work on my case. My goal was reached within just a few days of negotiations, and a lot of stress was eliminated almost immediately. Brian showed incredible knowledge of the law, he cared about our situation, and most importantly, called back within a few minutes every time I requested it. I believe this, and many other qualities shown through the process, is what separates a decent attorney from a great one. I highly recommend this attorney and/or the firm.
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Posted by Joe | June 5, 2020
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Litigation Client of Brian Massimino
Working with Brian Massimino at Lavelle Law was an excellent experience and the results exceeded my expectations. Brian immediately established a clear strategy and communicated with me throughout the entire process. He demonstrated a strong personal commitment to the project and remained dedicated to achieving the stated objective despite several challenges, including the global pandemic and economic downturn. The support staff at Lavelle Law was also very responsive and professional. I look forward to working with Brian in the future.
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Posted by Stacey | June 1, 2020
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Very Knowledgeable!
Brian was extremely thorough in explaining my options in my real estate lawsuit. He was fair and diligent in representing me and always kept me in the loop every step of the way. I trusted him to get me through the process as quickly as possible while getting the end result we wanted!
Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2020
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Review and recomendation for Brian J. Massimino.
Brian represented me in the case of issues with licensing my company and registration. He was very helpful and efficient and case is dismissed and successfully closed.
Posted by Nora | May 7, 2020
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Brian is the best for business contracts
Brian has been very helpful in drafting up a contract for my new business. Patient and responsive, he explains things but also listens so nothing is missed. He also reviewed another business's contract for me that I need to sign and offered helpful advice. I would definitely recommend Brian for anyone that needs an attorney to review their contracts.
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Posted by Matt | May 7, 2020
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Brian Massimino is exceptional!
I hired Brian in 2020 to help me with a contract dispute. His consultation was exceptional, and I found him to be very clear honest and transparent. I would absolutely hire him again and have referred him to a number of friends and colleagues.
Posted by Michael | June 13, 2018
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Completely Professional and Knowledgeable
Brian took on an extremely difficult real estate lease case and resolved the matter to our 100% satisfaction, and he accomplished it within a very short period of time.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Mr. Massimino is currently helping me in a litigation case. He is super talented and a very dedicated Business Attorney. He is always very polite and friendly. I am very impressed by his litigation skills. I am just amazed by how great he is at preparing and filing motions and litigating cases in court. I have been very satisfied by his work. Thank you for all your help, Brian!
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Posted by Chris | March 15, 2018
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Brian Massimino has help my company on numerous occasions and always with outstanding results. I highly recommend Brian for anyone wanting professionalism, hard work and results!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 345-345 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lavelle Law, Ltd.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Roosevelt University
  • 2011 - Present
  • Principal
  • Massimino Law, LLC
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Witzel & Kanzler, LLC
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Dunn & Miller, PC
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • Dunn & Miller, PC
  • 2000 - 2003
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  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2003
  • Truman State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • Oxford University
  • Visiting Student
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • OHM Properties v American Family
  • Settlement
  • Car Doctor, Inc., et al v. Car Doctor, Jr., et al.
  • Verdict for Defendants on 9 of 10 counts. Total damages awarded was $3100
  • Confidential
  • Obtained $750,000 settlement for client.
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  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Urban Initiatives
  • Junior Board Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Volunteer of the Year - Consumer Practice Group
  • Legal Assistance Foundation Chicago
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Undergraduate course
  • Hospitality Law
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
Endorse Brian
Litigation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is tenacious and a fierce advocate for his clients and, most importantly, gets results."
Business Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Brian as a business lawyer and litigator. I have referred a dozen matters to Brian over the last year or so and he has always been responsive and given good advice and achieved great results. Glad Brian is a trusted colleague."
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is on top of his game. He is knowledgeable, personable, and a great communicator, which is what you need in a lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian and I co-counseled a case defending a homeowner when her insurance company refused to pay her claim. Brian was a fierce litigator and always remained professional and courteous to the client, the court and opposing counsels. Through his advocacy we obtained a favorable result for the client."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian worked hard to obtain an excellent result for a motor vehicle accident client I referred to him with some difficult insurance coverage issues. He cut through the extraneous details to negotiate a very favorable result in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend Brian to anyone seeking a hard working and honest attorney in the Chicago area."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian and I worked together on a construction-related lawsuit. Brian was hard working, thoughtful, and aggressive. I look forward to our next case together."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. He is as honest as the day is long and he is super diligent. You cannot go wrong with Brian."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian and I provided services to a mutual client over several years, Brian in litigation and me in general corporate and real estate law. I found Brian to be thorough, timely, and insightful in his legal work. He was easy to work with and always responsive. I would recommend him to other clients without hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Brian Massimino for more than 15 years, as a colleague and friend. I have worked with him on various state and federal cases in Chicago and while he was in Missouri, and he has always been a consummate professional and a great litigator. He is extremely thorough, hard working, and attentive. He is professional and courteous, but always keeps his clients' goals as his main concern. Outside of the court he is a kind and considerate person, with a great sense of humor. He is involved in numerous volunteer endeavors in the community and is well-liked by all who have met him. I have spoken to numerous other attorneys who have had cases involving him, and they all share the same positive opinion of him - I do not believe this is a coincidence. I fully endorse this lawyer and strongly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've referred Brian a number of cases over the years and he'll continue to receive many more in the future. He does a great job."
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