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IRA COVID-19 Legal Network and Expert Guidance

The Illinois Restaurant Association team continues to work around the clock to provide all forms of necessary relief and guidance to Illinois restaurants and their team members during this crisis. 

Several IRA member lawyers are donating their time to speak with restaurant operators about legal issues and developments, and to assist in pointing members in the right direction during these unfolding times.  

Depending on the nature of your needs, the lawyers may have to conduct a conflict search and enter into a formal engagement with you, but they have committed to at least provide general guidance and issue spotting pro bono.  Please be patient in your communications during this unprecedented time.

The IRA makes no representations or guarantees about the legal advice provided to the members.  Because the IRA is merely facilitating contact with these lawyers, you will have an attorney client relationship solely with the lawyer.  The IRA is receiving no referral or other fee in connection with offering this information.

A list of IRA member lawyers for you to directly contact at your discretion is featured below.

Several attorneys have also shared links to COVID-19 toolkits, general resources, and legal updates that are included below. 


Heather Bailey
Attorney, Partner
Areas of Specialization: Employment & Labor Law Advice and Counsel Issues

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from SmithAmundsen


Rob Bernstein
Laner Muchin, Ltd.
(312) 467-9800
Areas of Specialization: Labor and Employment Law

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Laner Muchin


Ashley W. Brandt 
Goldstein & McClintock
(312) 219-6706 
Areas of Specialization: Food, Beverage & Hospitality Regulatory, Licensing, Real Estate, Business, & Employment Issues

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Goldstein & McClintock


Dimitrios G. Christopoulos 
Attorney At Law 
Christopoulos Law Group, LLC 
Areas of Specialization: Beverage alcohol regulation and licensing


Matt Connelly
Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC 
Areas of Specialization: Insurance coverage, labor and employment, tort and product liability, and commercial transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Rock Fusco & Connelly


Matthew Thomas Dattilo
Simpson|Dattilo, LLC
Attorneys at Law
(312) 523-9507
Areas of Specialization: General Counsel, Contracts/Corporate Transactions, Insurance, Employment Law, Real Estate

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Simpson Dattilo


Kristina D. Dickens
Attorney at Law
Christopoulos Law Group, LLC
T: 312.587.7594
F: 312.587.8244
Areas of Specialization: Beverage alcohol regulation and licensing

Alexander R. Domanskis
Boodell & Domanskis, LLC
Phone: (312) 540-1075
Areas of Specialization: Purchase and Sale, Real Estate (Purchase, Leasing and Lending), Contract Issues, and Estate Planning.

Ryan B. Jacobson 
Equity Member
(312) 894-3252
Areas of Specialization: Labor and Employment, Litigation 

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from SmithAmundsen


Harlan Kahn
Much Shelist, P.C.
Areas of Specialization: Corporate Transactions and Contracts, Real Estate/Leasing, Intellectual Property, Employment, Capital Raising and Loan Transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Much Shelist


Joshua A. Nesser
Lavelle Law, Ltd.
Areas of Specialization: General business, Employment, Estate planning, Tax, Litigation

Sean O'Leary
O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC
Areas of Specialization: Liquor Law, Government Relations


Chris O'Malley
King & Spalding LLP 
(630) 803-6306
Areas of Specialization: Commercial Litigation, Internal Investigations, and White Collar Criminal Defense


Alexander C. Pappas
Taft Law
Tel: 312.527.4000 
Direct: 312.840.4305
Areas of Specialization: SBA Lending, Real Estate Purchase and Sales, Restaurant Leasing, Landlord and Tenant Disputes, Business and Financing Issues

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Taft Law


Thomas R. Raines
Attorney at Law, LLC
Tel (312) 750-1166
Fax (312) 750-1164
Direct Dial (312) 757-5665
Areas of Specialization: Permitting and Licensing, No Employment Law

Scott Schonfeld
Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP
Areas of Specialization: Corporate, Real Estate, Hospitality

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll


David W. Silver
Silver Law Firm, llc
Areas of Specialization: General Business, Real Estate, Employment, and Litigation

Robert T. Shannon
Managing Partner
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Areas of Specialization: Litigation, Employment, License, Business Contracts and Transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Hinshaw & Culbertson

Patrick Wartan
Partner / Chair of the Food and Beverage Practice Group
Taft Law
Dir: 312.836.4131
Tel: 312.527.4000
Areas of Specialization: Real Estate, Business & Finance Issues, Employment, Liquor Licensing

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Taft Law


Michael Zalay
Much Shelist, P.C.
Areas of Specialization: Corporate Transactions and Contracts, Real Estate/Leasing, Intellectual Property, Employment, Capital Raising and Loan Transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Much Shelist

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