Top 100: Levenfeld Pearlstein
|Levenfeld Pearlstein business law firm handles deals ranging from $5 million to $500 million. While there haven't been too many in the upper echelon recently, Brian Kozminski and Tom Jaros tell us they're still finding ways to counsel clients. (Although in this economy, maybe clients need the real Dr. Phil.)|
LP was formed by the 1999 merger of a firm specializing in taxes and the other in condos, during the start of the real estate upswing. Real estate was a natural focus of the two practices, and now the firm has 17 real estate lawyers in its Chicago and north suburban offices. Brian, who represents mostly developers and landlords, has recently worked on the opening of a new senior living facility using low-income housing tax credit in the suburbs and is counseling landlord clients on lease restructurings.
Tom advises borrowers with distressed properties. (Clients know whether they can afford to sell or refinance, but they come to Tom for ideas on other options.) They're also striving to offer more advice on note-to-own transactions, where investors buy debt on property with the intention of possibly owning it. LP is seeing growth in its labor, litigation, and condominium practices.