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Barry Benjamin Kreisler

Landlord or tenant Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.9   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 54 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1970
    Status
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Barry

Learn Barry’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Landlord or tenant
    22%
    Represenation of landlords as well as condominium and town home associations

    55 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Real estate
    22%
    Handle all aspects of real estae law, such as purchase and sale transactions, condominium associations and development, zoning, litigation, financing, tenant representation, real estate, condominium and townhome development

    55 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Estate planning
    20%
    Preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney as well as the specialized field of estate planning for pet owners

    55 years, 2,000 cases

  4. Contracts and agreements
    16%
    Negotiation, drafting and consummation of business formations and transactions for businesses of all types, including partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. We handle all aspects of business law.

    55 years, 3,000 cases

  5. Lawsuits and disputes
    10%
    Business litigation of all types, prosecution and defense, including collections

    55 years, 3,000 cases

  6. Probate
    10%
    Handle all aspects of estate settlement, administration and probate

    55 years, 2,500 cases

Experience.I have more than 45 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 Kellog 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 condominium law and 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 (, 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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Location

Barry Benjamin Kreisler
Logan Law LLC
2846A North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL, 60618

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Edward | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest & Straight forward
First time I have ever hired an attorney and felt it was money well spent. Patient enough to explain where my plans may not have been the best way to go and offered a much better alternative.
Posted by Bob | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding service and responsiveness
I utilize Barry regularly for real estate buy / sell closings. He's always so organized that I know once he'd retained that everything will go smoothly.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Barry is the best lawyer that I ever met in my 20 years of real estate business
I hired Mr. Kreisler to help me to purchase over million dollar commercial building in Chicago from Nov 2015 till end of Jan 2016. My deal have a lot of trouble caused by the seller, buy the tenant , buy the lender as well as other dramatic problems. Mr. Kreisler hand it very well. Very professional. Especially during the year end vocation period. Mr. Kreisler tried to help when he was overseas. He is very professional, responsible. My case have so many extra work. Mr Barry Kreisler did not request more fee for his time. Which he could. Because an abnormall case did cause his many extra hours spend. I have a good experience working with him. I will definite will hire him again in my next project and I will also highly recommend all friends to him. He did excellent job for me. Thank YOU Barry!!
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Posted by Dyann | September 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Real estate transaction
Handled every detail of closing beforehand,I only had to sign papers. He was very courteous and I was confident of his ability to do everything without any last minute changes.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
Attentive, knowledgeable and good communicator. Barry appears to be well versed on all things real estate. I am happy to have him in my corner and appreciate the work he does for me. I would recommend him if assistance is required for real estate matters.
Posted by Josh Abrams | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pleasure working with Mr Kreisler
Mr Kreisler took on my complicated real estate transaction with a difficult buyer and made things happen smoothly. He is very professional, responsive, reliable and a pleasure to work with. I am closing on another property soon and I will definitely be using Mr Kreisler's services.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
OUTSTANDING !!!!
Very knowledgeable, prompt in responding to questions / concerns, timely submission of everything related to Lawsuit process . . . . almost makes me wish I had another lawsuit to file, as working with Barry Kreisler was like working on a project with a favorite colleague !
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2012
Excellent Attorney
I bought into a 10 unit condo complex in 2008. Due to the crash of the market, only 3 of the units were sold with the developer owning the remaining 7. The developer refused to provide the records of the association so I had Barry step in. Barry successfully negotiated a turnover of the association to the unit owners. The association is now functioning properly. Barry is professional, ethical, responsive, knowledgable, and an all around great adviser. I would not think twice about taking any real estate related issue to him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2009
Nieves Drywall & Remodeling
Mr. Barry Kreisler is extremely on top of his game. Explains everything in clear terms. Always in contact until the mission is accomplished. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2009
Best real estate attorney I've worked with!
I have owned rental properties for 30+ years and have never before worked with an attorney as responsive and dependable as Barry.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2008
The best lawyer I've ever used.
I am a property manager and have used many lawyers for evictions and other landlord/tenant matters. Barry Kreisler is the most responsive and best lawyer I have used.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2008
Barry Kreisler - no one makes lawyer jokes about this guys. A lawyer unlike any other.
I have been using Barry for several years and have had very good results. He is different from other lawyers. You immediately trust Barry and you know he is looking out for his client's best interest. The best recommendation I can give about Barrys service is the response I have gotten from the people sitting on the other side of the table from us. Most people are very surprised at the results Barry archives. Many people have complement to me on his work saying - "I've been doing this for 20 years and I've never gone up against a guy like this." What more do you need to hear. Try Barry, you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair attorney. Definitely recommended
I hired Mr. Kreisler after consulting with a few others. He is very knowledgable, fair with his use of billable time, and communicated well with me, despite being out of state and in a different time zone. He was great during a difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2008
Client Review
We had an issue with consistenyl unpaid assessments from an association homeowner and Barry was very knowledgable and repsponsive in getting our issues handled and our association monies paid. I would recommend him for any condo or association needs.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 95-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Kreisler Law, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • President
  • Matanky Realty Group
  • 1981 - 2002
  • Partner
  • Hollobow & Taslitz
  • 1975 - 1981
  • Vice president
  • Lincoln National Investment Management Company
  • 1972 - 1974
  • Associate
  • Hollobow & Taslitz
  • 1969 - 1971
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Education

  • University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • MBA
  • 1972
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1970
  • Northwestern University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1966

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Diakonian Society v City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Reversal of Adverse Judgment on Appeal

Associations

  • Real Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Condominium Subcommittee of the Real Property Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Condominium and Town Home Associations
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • Logan Square Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute
  • Specialist in Real Estate Securities
  • 1987 - Present
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Chicago Board Of Realtors
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1977 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1972 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1970 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1969 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Accredited Member
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
  • Specialist In Real Estate Securities
  • Real Estate Securities and Syndication Institute
  • 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • University of Illinois
  • 1967

Publications

  • Chicagoland Cooperator
  • Responsibility for Dealing with Pest Infestation in Condominium Building
  • 2018
  • Chicagoland Cooperator
  • Stop the Noise - Resolution of Noise Transmission Problems in Condominium Buildings
  • 2015
  • Chicagoland Cooperator
  • Deduction of Roof Leak Repair Costs from Condominium Assessments
  • 2013
  • ACTHA News (Monthly Newsletter)
  • Procedures for Special Unit Owners Meeting of Condominium Association
  • 2012
  • The Chicagoland Cooperator
  • Options for Dealing with Noise Transmission Problems in Older Chicago Condominium Buildings
  • 2012
  • Institute on Planning and Zoning
  • Defensible Commercial Space in High Crime Areas
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fall Conference
  • Condominium and Townhome Meetings and Elections
  • 2009
  • National Convention
  • Development of Shopping Center
  • 1992
  • Criteria For Planning Excellence in Local Government
  • Defensible Commercial Space in High Crime Areas
  • 1990
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Endorse Barry
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Barry was a pleasure to work with on a recent real estate transaction. He was patient and professional. Highly recommended."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Barry is a true mastermind when it comes to dealing with the adversary. His legal skills are stellar and his personal and professional abilities are remarkable. A definite go to attorney, if you need help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many clients to Attorney Kreisler in Cook County and he has ALWAYS doe an exemplary job representing them."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Barry is a very competent and pragmatic attorney and though we have met on the opposite sides of a case, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him on our matter. I believe that Barry possesses the much need balance of being a skilled litigator as well as practical business person that any client can benefit from. I highly recommend Barry to any potential client seeking measurable results balanced with a reasonable approach."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I commend Mr. Kreisler's public service in writing useful legal guides for avvo.com."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He has over twenty years of experience, an excellent ethical perspective and gives personal attention to every case he accepts. I would highly recommend him."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barry is very smart, understands the development and real estate business and is a very tough negotiator. He has worked on both the development and legal side of real estate so he has a broad perspective when dealing with issues. I represented Barry on some very tough City of Chicago deals. Even though I was his attorney, I learned about the business and became a better lawyer as a result of having worked with him."
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