During the pandemic response, Lakelaw remains fully operational with our lawyers and staff working both at the office and from home. We are consulting with our clients daily, negotiating and executing transactions, and counseling businesses who are formulating a plan for survival in the future. We are also participating in virtual court proceedings to the extent the same are conducted.
Ken concentrates his practice in serving business clients in transactions and litigation. With more than 30 years of experience in courtrooms, boardrooms, and closing rooms, Ken focuses on meeting clients’ needs and expectations. Many of his clients are referrals by other attorneys in recognition of his ability to handle difficult and complex situations. He uses tenacity, thoughtfulness, planning, and imagination to achieve successful resolutions.
Ken’s regular work includes: • Commercial contract, land use, and special remedies litigation; • Business and corporate governance and development; • Asset and stock sales and business acquisitions; • Real property acquisitions, development, and management; • Construction contracting and litigation; • Condominium development, management, and litigation; • Administrative proceedings before the Illinois Department of Revenue and other governmental agencies and departments;
• Asset protection and succession planning; • Corporate and business workouts, reorganizations, and dissolutions.
Ken has served his community as a public official for more than two decades. He also performs many hours of volunteer work in the community and pro bono work for not-for-profit organizations.
He also has taught Corporate Law and Lawyering Skills courses at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and spends a great amount of time each year writing for the legal profession. He writes monthly articles published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education for other lawyers on the subject of condominium law.
Ken is a native Chicagoan who graduated from Brother Rice High School on the southwest side of Chicago. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. In law school, he pursued a curriculum focused on business law while spending two years working with faculty and other students to develop what is now recognized nationally as an outstanding moot court program. In college and throughout law school, Ken usually worked more than one job at a time to pay his own tuition and living expenses while attending school. He has continued with his work ethic through his years of practice.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Illinois, 1991
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1983
U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2003
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2007
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2011
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor – 1983
Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
B.A.Ph., Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – 1980
False Light Privacy Actions: Constitutional Constraints and Standards of Proof of Fault (Co-Authored with George B. Trubow), 20 John Marshall Law Review 854, 1987
Privacy Rights in Cordless Telephone Conversations, Privacy Rights in Education Records, and the Good Faith Exception to the Exclusionary Rule (Co-Authored with George B. Trubow and Ralph Ruebner), 18 John Marshall Law Review 1017, 1985
Liability of a Business Computer User for Improper Disclosure of a Customer’s Personal Financial Information (Co-Authored with George B. Trubow and Ralph Ruebner), 17 John Marshall Law Review 991, 1984
Bellona v. Exurb Media Corp.: Bench Memorandum (Co-Authored with Karen Kochanowski), 16 John Marshall Law Review 165, 1982
Internet Privacy Protection: Complying with COPPA, 14 Chicago Bar Record 56 , 2000
A Primer on Robert’s Rules of Order, 11 Chicago Bar Record 47, 1997
Condominium Law: Chapter 15, Owner and Association Liability (2009, 2013, 2016) and Chapter 6, Condominium Conversions (2016), Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Honors and Awards
First Fellow, Center for Informatics Law, 1988 – 1989
Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, Public Official of the Year
Women in Development Achievement Award – recognition for volunteer services
Lake County Cares – I Care Award for volunteer services
Christifideles Award from the Chicago Archdiocese
Professional Associations and Memberships
Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District (formerly Island Lake Sanitary District), Lake and McHenry Counties, Illinois, Trustee and President (formerly treasurer), 1994 – Present
Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, Executive Committee and Director
Past Employment Positions
Center for Informatics Law at The John Marshall Law School, Assistant to the Director, 1986 – 1989
Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law at The John Marshall Law School, Administrative Assistant, 1983 – 1985