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ABOUT ME


James Stevens has built a thriving legal practice on the twin pillars of experience and knowledge. A Principal in the Condominium and Common Interest Community Association practice group, James draws from a base of experience broader than condominium law alone. With a track record that includes successes in a variety of other legal areas as well, he has the ability to advise clients thoughtfully with a thorough understanding of all sides of an issue.  Representing condominium and homeowner associations of all sizes, James counsels clients in a wide range of both litigation and transactional matters. He manages all association legal concerns, including easement drafting, bylaws, declarations, developer turnover matters, construction defect litigation, collection of assessments, rules enforcement and interpretation of governing documents. He also defends boards of directors in courtroom proceedings and advises clients regarding the Illinois Condominium Property Act; Forcible Entry and Detainer; Illinois Business Corporation Act; Not for Profit Corporation Act, and Common Interest Community Association Act.


 


Apart from condominium law, James represents individual and business clients in commercial litigation, business-related disputes, insurance subrogation and recovery, and real estate transactions and litigation. Additionally, he has experience defending creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.


 


The relational nature of practicing law is a large part of what James enjoys about his work. He appreciates developing an openness that invites clients to reach out whenever his help is needed, even after hours. James delivers intelligent counsel with a friendly, straightforward approach and works hard to give his clients good value for their money. He likes to make sure all parties leave the table with a complete understanding of the information they need to know in order to achieve their goals.


 


James finds that community associations function much like small companies, with varied needs across a spectrum of legal issues. Writing and speaking frequently about some of these issues, he has addressed questions involving rights, assessment collections, association governance, and other topics. Recently he has spoken at events hosted by the Association of Condominium, Townhouse, and Homeowners Associations (ACTHA) and the Community Associations Institute (CAI).


 


James is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he received the CWRU Leadership Award.  His undergraduate alma mater, The University of Chicago, selected him for one of its highest honors, the Howell Murray Alumni Association Award, and inducted him into the Maroon Key Society. He is a past Board of Directors member for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Chicago Lawyer Chapter.


 


MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS


American Bar Association, Member


Chicago Bar Association, Member


DuPage County Bar Association, Member


Illinois State Bar Association, Member


American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Past Member – Board of Directors


 


 


PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS



James frequently presents to local organizations, local government offices, and community groups on community association related topics, including developer turnover, condominium assessment collections, and other areas.



 


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Languages spoken: French

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 45%
  2. Debt Collection: 20%
  3. Real Estate: 20%
  4. Business: 15%

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check

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Contact info

Chuhak & Tecson, PC

30 S. Wacker Drive
26th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60606

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive200810/10/2008
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Young Alumni Leadership CitationUniversity of Chicago2008
Next Generation LeaderAmerican Constitution Society2007
CWRU Leadership AwardCase Western Reserve School of Law2007
Howell-Murray AwardUniversity of Chicago2004
Distinguished Scholar ScholarshipCase Western Reserve School of Law2004
Maroon Key SocietyUniversity of Chicago2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalChuhak & Tecson, PC2016 - Present
PartnerTressler, LLP2013 - 2016
AssociateNielsen, Zehe & Antas, P.C.2011 - 2013
AssociateConnelly Law Group LLC2010 - 2011
PartnerLoberg Stevens LLC2009 - 2010
AssociateGardiner Koch Weisberg & Wrona2008 - 2009
Marketing Consultant and AttorneyLevin & Perconti2008 - 2008
Law ClerkKomie & Associates2007 - 2008
Legal Intern with limited admissionMilton Kramer Law Clinic at Case2006 - 2007
Legal InternIllinois Attorney General's Office - Civil Appeals Division2006 - 2006
Legal ExternCity of Chicago Corporation Counsel2005 - 2005
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Chicago Lawyer chapter)Co-Chair2009 - 2011
Iraqi Mutual Aid SocietyBoard Member2009 - 2011
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Chicago Lawyer Chapter)Vice-Chair2007 - 2009
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Leading Lawyers Network MagazineProfile of Jim Mullady2010
Leading LawyersProfile of Michael Behn2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Thomas Berg2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Michel Feldman2008
Leading LawyersProfile of Robert Dewey2008
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of ChicagoPolitical ScienceBA2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Condo Resource Center PresentationCondominium Law and Dispute Resolution2010
Ask the Expert PanelDeveloper Lawsuits for Condominium Associations2010
University of Chicago Alumni AssociationEntrepreneurship Panel2009
Landlord Training SessionNew anti-crime addendum to municipal landlord regulations2008