Real Estate

Real Estate

Real Estate law is concerned with the possession and usage of land. This includes buying and selling property, a person’s right to construct buildings, the conditions that are required to maintain the property, easements and access rights, and the entitlement to anything inside the property.

JEP lawyers working on Real Estate provide services that may include:

  • Real property closings, from both the buyer’s and seller’s side
  • The sale of real property
  • Easements
  • Martin Kaczor

    Szczypta & Kaczor Law

    www.skadvocates.com

    Martin Kaczor is an alumni member of the JEP. Martin is a first generation immigrant and understands the value of hard work and dedication. Having fled communist controlled Poland, Martin and his family settled in Chicago, where Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School. While attending classes, Martin worked as a construction worker to put himself through college and law school. His practice concentrates on family law, real estate, and landlord/tenant matters. Martin is fluent in Polish and Italian and can be reached at (773) 205-2211 or martin@skadvocates.com.


  • Mark Almanza

    Almanza Law LLC

    www.almanzalaw.com

    Mark Almanza is an alumnus of University of Chicago Law School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mark is committed to working with clients to obtain affordable access to the legal representation they deserve. Prior to founding Almanza Law, Mark worked at Lawndale Christian Legal Center, a non-profit law office representing youth in juvenile and criminal court, and has handled numerous felony, misdemeanor, and traffic cases ranging from DUI through First Degree Murder. Mark currently works with First Defense Legal Aid providing representation during arrest and investigations by the Chicago Police Department. As a child of immigrant parents, Mark understands the difficulties the immigrant community faces and is dedicated to helping clients navigate the complexities of the immigration system. Additionally, Mark has experience in real estate issues including handling mortgage foreclosures during the housing crisis and landlord/tenant issues. Mark focuses his practice on criminal defense, immigration, and residential real estate. Mark can be reached at (312) 380-9012 or mark.almanza@almanzalaw.com.


  • Janice Dantes

    Attorney at Law

    janice.dantes.co

    Janice Dantes, JEP alumnus, is a solo practitioner focused on practice areas affecting families namely, estate planning, real estate, family law, and immigration.  As a proud Filipino-American lawyer with humble beginnings at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, she is committed to serving her fellow kababayan with their legal issues.  As a board member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago (FALA), she hopes to continue promoting the interests of Filipino-American attorneys and also pave the way for young Filipinos interested in a legal career. Janice completed her undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and received her JD from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a wife and mother to a wonderful little boy who accompanies her to many of her legal functions.   Janice can be reached by phone at (815) 414-9530 or by email at janice@dantes.co.


  • Timothy J. Walczak

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    www.walczakhernandez.com

    Timothy J. Walczak’s primary legal focus includes criminal and real estate law. His criminal law experience includes twelve years of law enforcement as a police officer entailing the execution of countless search warrants, crime scene processing from robberies to murder, and numerous DUI arrests. He represents clients who have been victims of the criminal justice system. Additionally, Timothy has experience in real estate negotiations comprising leases to purchases. This allows his clients to feel comfortable navigating the complex areas of real estate. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez, P.C., Timothy worked for the Honorable John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois. He also worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm. Timothy can be reached at TJ@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • Adella Deacon

    Sable Law Group, LLC

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Adella Deacon is an alumni member of the JEP and a partner at the Sable Law Group, LLC. Adella is a forward-thinking, energetic attorney. Adella practices in the areas of small business, real estate, estate planning, and general civil litigation. She has an extensive, interdisciplinary-focused educational background having earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board member of Integra Rehab Solutions and the Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center. She takes a hands-on approach and is committed to providing her clients with the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their legal needs. An empathetic advocate for equity and justice, she will find innovative solutions for your legal problems. Adella can be reached at (312) 469-0622 or at adella@sablelawgroup.com.


  • Katrice Matthews

    Sable Law Group

    www.sablelawgroup.com

    Katrice Matthews is an alumni member of the JEP. Katrice is a founding partner of Sable Law Group LLC, with a practice focused on the belief that lawyers are public servants charged with the unique duty of protecting and enforcing clients’ rights. Katrice is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school, she clerked for the Hon. Morton Denlow in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. After law school, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General for some years before deciding it was time to realize her dream of opening and operating her own firm. Katrice describes Sable Law Group as a law firm focused on “real people and real results.  Hers is a practice that addresses your everyday legal needs and includes probate, real estate, contract disputes, and landlord/tenant law. Katrice takes a people-centric approach and wants her clients to feel as if they have a lawyer in the family now. Katrice can be reached by phone at (312) 469-0622 or by e-mail at Katrice@SableLawGroup.com.


  • Brian Gilbert

    Chicago Advocate Legal NFP

    www.chicagoadvocatelegal.com/

    Brian Gilbert is a Chicago area attorney specializing in housing, real estate and consumer law, and is part of Chicago Advocate Legal NFP. His practice is dedicated to serving low and moderate income individuals and families with landlord/tenant issues, including security deposit withholdings, evictions, bad conditions, and more. Brian earned his J.D. as a Dean’s List student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and his B.A., Cum Laude, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He holds a Certificate in Health Law from The John Marshall Law School as well. You can reach him by phone at (312) 561-5510, or email at cal@chicagoadvocatelegal.com.


  • Darren Perconte

    Perconte Law

    www.percontelaw.com

    Darren Perconte is an alumni member of the JEP. Darren provides affordable and tailored legal services to business owners, professionals, and creatives. His practice areas include business transactions, business litigation and dispute resolution, employment law, administrative and professional hearings, copyright and trademark, estate planning, and real estate. Darren draws upon his legal and business experience to pursue specific, client-focused solutions to legal issues. For more complex or specialized matters, he utilizes a wide network of attorneys and other professionals to meet the unique needs of each client. Darren understands that every client faces a different situation, so he offers a range of payment plans and representation options, including limited scope, unbundled services, and coaching. Darren earned his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School and his B.A. from Boston College. Darren can be reached at (773)242-9909 or darren@percontelaw.com.


  • Magda Derisma

    Derisma Law

    www.derismalaw.com

    Magda Derisma works to help working class people get out of debt, gain a fresh start, and build wealth through real estate. Specifically, Magda represents clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, loan modifications, and real estate transactions. At the age of 19, Magda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Florida. Magda received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Policy from Loyola University Chicago. While in law school she worked as a summer judicial law clerk for Bankruptcy Judge, the Honorable Judge Laurel M. Isicoff. Magda has served her community as a classroom teacher, children’s rights advocate, political analyst, education consultant, lobbyist, and attorney. Magda is a fierce advocate who prides herself on a high standard of legal ethics and giving her clients a fresh start. You can reach Magda at (312) 788-9259 or mderisma@derismalaw.com.


  • Alejandra Vilchis

    Law Office of Alejandra Vilchis

    www.vilchislaw.com

    Alejandra attended The John Marshall Law School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for family law practitioners. Alejandra currently volunteers her time at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and at a local community center called Universidad Popular. The Law Office of Alejandra I. Vilchis focuses on the area of family law and also offers legal services for real estate transactions. Alejandra can be reached at (872) 529-1011 or aiv@vilchislaw.com.


  • Cindy Campbell

    The Law Offices of Cindy K. Campbell

    www.ckcampbell.com

    Cindy K. Campbell is a family attorney focusing on helping families with various legal situations. This consists of setting up wills and trusts, adoptions, uncontested and collaborative divorces, and mediating various issues including everything from child custody to elder law. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy from Northwestern University and Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Upon graduating, she went on to earn the 120 Hour Mediation Certification through working at various courthouses in Southern California. Her practice focuses on being friendly, convenient, and easily accessible for clients that may have a difficult time meeting during traditional business hours. Therefore, in addition to the JEP office, she uses Regus Virtual Offices and can meet with clients all over Chicago and the Chicago land area. Meetings can also be held through FaceTime or Skype. Her goal in all areas of her work is to assist others by providing information, assistance, and care. Cindy can be reached at (773) 360-1928 or Cindy@ckcampbell.com.


  • Christina Martell

    The Law Office of Christina Martell

    www.lawofficemartell.com

    Christina “Chrissie” Martell is a solo practice attorney focusing on legal issues facing young families as they grow.  She practices adoption, estate planning, and real estate law, along with some aspects of family law such as uncontested divorce.  Chrissie earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a Concentration in Public and Professional Writing from Indiana University in Bloomington.  She graduated from DePaul University College of Law with a Certificate in Family Law.  While in law school, she participated in DePaul’s family law clinic, in which she represented clients in domestic relations and domestic violence court under the supervision of an experienced attorney. She was also active in mock trial and client counseling and negotiations competitions, and she wrote an advice column for the law school newspaper. Chrissie can be reached at (630) 423-6377 or cmartell.esq@gmail.com.


  • John Norkus

    Chi City Legal, LLC

    www.chicitylegal.com

    John Norkus is an alumni member of the JEP. John focuses his practice on representing the interests of landlords and property managers. Through his 11 years of Jesuit education, John developed a desire to serve others and he attempts to use his law degree with those same principles in mind. He focuses on unbundled and limited scope representation where possible and hand molds the representation to fit each clients specific needs. John can be reached at 312.888.7667 or john@chicitylegal.com.


  • Stephanie A. Garces

    Garces Law, LLC

    www.GarcesLawFirm.com

    Stephanie is a bilingual attorney who founded Garces Law, LLC to zealously advocate for her clients when they need it most. Stephanie focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, and removal defense. She also concentrates on commercial and residential real estate law. Stephanie also handles civil litigation matters including contract disputes, car accidents, negligence cases, and more in Cook County and the surrounding suburbs. Stephanie obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the DePaul University College of Law. Stephanie is an active member of the community serving as a volunteer attorney at the National Immigration Justice Center, CARPLS, and Erie Neighborhood House. Always professional and never pretentious, Garces Law is here to resolve your legal needs. Contact us today at 773-373-9592 or SGarces@GarcesLawFirm.com.


  • Daniel R. Hernandez

    Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

    www.walczakhernandez.com

    Daniel R. Hernandez focuses his practice on Family, Real Estate, and LGBTQ Law. His passion and focus in these areas has led to great client satisfaction. As an advocate, Daniel always asserts his client’s interests, adding focus to the client’s goals. Daniel is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves as Vice-Chair on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. He also is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association where he serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division. Prior to joining Walczak Hernandez,  P.C., Daniel worked for Loevy & Loevy, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, American Bar Association, and Hon. Pamela Meyerson of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In his spare time, Daniel volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse Chicago and enjoys spending time with family, boxing, and participating in intramural sports. Daniel can be reached at Daniel@WalczakHernandez.com or (312) 442-2225.


  • Mary Gale Hall

    The Law Office of Mary Gale Hall

    www.GaleHallLaw.com

    Mary Gale “Molly” Hall provides legal services in Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant matters.  Ms. Hall comes from a family of real estate professionals and founded her solo practice to provide clients with accessible, affordable legal services to secure the best possible outcomes in their housing and real estate issues. Ms. Hall earned an honors BA from the University of Florida, and graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School with the “Outstanding Law Student” Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. She currently volunteers with CARPLS, and has previously provided pro bono services through Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing. You can reach Molly at Molly@GaleHallLaw.com or (312)798-9597.