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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. 


Boodell & Domanskis, LLC
Alexander R. Domanskis

Phone: (312) 540-1075
Areas of Specialization: Purchase and Sale, Real Estate (Purchase, Leasing and Lending), Contract Issues, and Estate Planning.



Christopoulos Law Group, LLC 
Dimitrios G. Christopoulos
Attorney At Law
Phone: (312) 587-7594
Areas of Specialization: Beverage Alcohol Regulation and Licensing



Christopoulos Law Group, LLC 
Kristina D. Dickens
Attorney At Law
Phone: (312) 587-7594
Areas of Specialization : Beverage Alcohol Regulation and Licensing



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

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



Goldstein & McClintock
Ashley W. Brandt 

Phone: (312) 219-6706 
Areas of Specialization: Food, Beverage & Hospitality Regulatory, Licensing, Real Estate, Business, & Employment Issues

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Goldstein & McClintock: 



Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Robert T. Shannon
Managing Partner
Phone: (312) 704-3901
Areas of Specialization: Litigation, Employment, License, Business Contracts and Transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Hinshaw & Culbertson: 



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



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

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Laner Muchin



Lavelle Law, Ltd.
Joshua A. Nesser
Phone: (312) 888-4113
Areas of Specialization: General Business, Employment, Estate Planning, Tax, Litigation

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Lavelle Law



Much Shelist, P.C
Harlan Kahn
Phone: (312) 521-2664
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



Much Shelist, P.C.
Michael Zalay
Phone: (312) 521-2668
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



O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC
Sean O'Leary
Phone: (773) 490-6738
Areas of Specialization: Liquor Law, Government Relations



Thomas R. Raines
Attorney at Law, LLC
Phone: (312) 757-5665
Areas of Specialization
Permitting and Licensing, No Employment Law



Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC 
Matt Connelly
Areas of Specialization: Insurance Coverage, Labor and Employment, Tort and Product Liability, and Commercial Transactions

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Rock Fusco & Connelly


Silver Law Firm, LLC
David W. Silver
Phone: (312) 840-7103
Areas of Specialization: General Business, Real Estate, Employment, and Litigation



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


COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from Simpson Dattilo



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

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from SmithAmundsen



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

COVID-19 Resources and Guidance from SmithAmundsen



Taft Law
Alexander C. Pappas
Phone: (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




Taft Law
Patrick Wartan
Partner / Chair of the Food and Beverage Practice Group
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



Weissberg & Associates Ltd
Ariel Weissberg
Phone: (312) 663-0004
Areas of Specialization: Commercial litigation, transactional matters and all aspects of insolvency and financial distress

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