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Barry Benjamin Kreisler

About me

Experience. I have more than 40 years legal and business experience, having served as partner in several law firms, as vice president of and legal counsel to the multi-billion dollar investment advisor of a group of publicly held mutual funds and as president and CEO of a mid size Chicago real estate brokerage, management and development company. A highly experienced real estate developer, I have developed shopping centers, office buildings, mixed use buildings and literally thousands of condominium units.

I served as president of a mid sized condominium association for more than ten years. Because of my varied experience, I bring a highly practical and pragmatic point of view to legal representation, having acted both as client and attorney in many complex business, condominium association and real estate transactions. I am highly sensitive to the issues and pressures being faced by and the practical concerns you are facing, while being highly proficient in handling the technicalities of legal transactions.

Education. I earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Northwestern University School of Management. After qualifying as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), I attended the University of Chicago College of Law And Graduate School of Business where I received a Juris Doctor degree in Law and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Investment Finance. I am licensed to practice in Illinois and have been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United states Tax Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and before the Supreme Court of the United States.

My Practice. I practice in Chicago and maintain a convenient neighborhood office on the North Side of the City. I am a general business and real estate law practitioner, focused on business and real estate transactional matters as well as estate planning and administration. I have represented condominium associations and advised clients as to condominium law since 1970.

I bring an educational background including the most highly respected rated law and business schools in the country to the informal environment of a small local firm. This gives my clients the benefit of direct access to sophisticated and highly experienced representation but without the overhead, much higher fees and bureaucracies of large and downtown law firms.

I take my own calls; so when you call, you will not be "filtered" through a receptionist, secretary or assistant. I make it a point of being absolutely responsive to my clients and of trying to return every call the same day, no matter how busy I may be at the time.

I am a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowner's Associations as well as the Chicago Association and National Association of Realtors. I serve on the Real Estate Law Committee and The Condominium Law Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association.

Give me a Call. If my approach and background seem to suit your legal needs, give me a call ((773) 394-6400, ext 1) or e-mail me ( I'll be happy to set up a free, no obligation, telephone or office consultation. If I don't feel I have the experience to best represent you with your matter, I'll try to refer you to another attorney who does.


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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 22%
    47 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Landlord & Tenant: 22%
    47 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    47 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Contracts: 16%
    47 years, 3 thousand cases
  5. Other: 20%
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Hourly ($95-325/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Benjamin Phillip Kailin

    I opposed Barry on a case related to a contract dispute. Barry, while always zealously advocating for his client, was very reasonable and a professional. I strongly recommend him.


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  • Peter Lawrence Berk

    Barry was a pleasure to work with on a recent real estate transaction. He was patient and professional. Highly recommended.


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Contact info

Kreisler Law, P.C.
2846A North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197005/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Accredited MemberBetter Business Bureau2010
Specialist In Real Estate SecuritiesReal Estate Securities and Syndication Institute1987
Certified Public AccountantUniversity of Illinois1967
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalKreisler Law, P.C.2003 - Present
PresidentMatanky Realty Group1981 - 2002
PartnerHollobow & Taslitz1975 - 1981
Vice presidentLincoln National Investment Management Company1972 - 1974
AssociateHollobow & Taslitz1969 - 1971
Association namePosition nameDuration
Condominium Subcommittee of the Real Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Real Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Association of Condominium and Town Home AssociationsMember2008 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
Logan Square Chamber of CommerceMember2005 - Present
Real Estate Securities and Syndication InstituteSpecialist in Real Estate Securities1987 - Present
Chicago Board Of RealtorsMember1981 - Present
National Association of RealtorsMember1981 - Present
Supreme Court of the United StatesAdmitted to Practice1977 - Present
United States Tax CourtAdmitted to Practice1972 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisAdmitted to Practice1970 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1969 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Diakonian Society v City of Chicago Zoning Board of AppealsReversal of Adverse Judgment on Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Chicagoland CooperatorManagement Issues in Cooperative Buildings2016
Chicagoland CooperatorStop the Noise - Resolution of Noise Transmission Problems in Condominium Buildings2015
ACTHA NewsUnit Owner Actions in Response to Board Refusal to Cooperate in Holding Special Meeting of Unit Owners2013
Chicagoland CooperatorDeduction of Roof Leak Repair Costs from Condominium Assessments2013
ACTHA News (Monthly Newsletter)Procedures for Special Unit Owners Meeting of Condominium Association2012
The Chicagoland CooperatorProxy Solicitation and Collection Procedures for Illinois Condominium Association Board Election2012
The Chicagoland CooperatorOptions for Dealing with Noise Transmission Problems in Older Chicago Condominium Buildings2012
The Chicagoland CooperatorResponsibility for Costs of Remediating Mold Problem caused by Water Intrusion in Illinois Cooperative Apartment Building2011
ACTHA NewsletterCharge Back of Improvement or Repair Costs by Condominium Association to Individual Unit Owners2010
Association of Condominium, Townhouse and Homeowners Associations NewsFinancing Multi-Year Special Assessments for Major Condominium Association Capital Improvements2009
ACTHA NewsUse of Evictions to Collect Amounts Due Community Associations2009
Institute on Planning and ZoningDefensible Commercial Space in High Crime Areas1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Chicago Graduate School of BusinessInvestment FinanceMBA1972
University of Chicago Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
Northwestern UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ACTHA and Village of Oak Park Rentals SeminarCondominium Association as Landlord2012
Annual Celebration of Real Estate Investor Knowledge (CREIK)Cook County Evictions2010
Fall ConferenceCondominium and Townhome Meetings and Elections2009
National ConventionDevelopment of Shopping Center1992
Criteria For Planning Excellence in Local GovernmentDefensible Commercial Space in High Crime Areas1990