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Here you can learn more about the background and experience of our team of real estate and bank attorneys. Richard Jones & Associates is dedicated to offering some of the most experienced, educated, and skilled attorneys in the Chicago, Illinois, area. For solutions in real estate law and other financial matters, count on us for the results you need.

Our team is dedicated to our individual clients, offering responsive legal representation that you'll find cost-effective. We strive to deliver the best results on every case, whether we settle amicably or litigate a case. Our team works to find the solution to your issue without creating additional problems, and to dissolve problems while educating clients on the merits of proposed solutions.


Richard Jones, Jr., Esq.

Richard Jones, Jr., Esq.

Richard is the owner and founder of the practice and started by working his way through law school. He has a background in title work and has worked in the real estate area since he was in law school. He's worked with a lot of foreclosures over the years, including specializing in the area for the first five years in the Chicago.

Experience

Richard is an attorney with more than 35 years of professional experience, specializing in commercial real estate and litigation, including federal and state trial and appellate experience. He has also drafted and negotiated commercial loan documents, real estate contracts, and leases. He trained in real estate at Chicago Title Insurance Company, where he worked as a title examiner during law school. Richard has represented both buyers and sellers in sale and purchase transactions, along with landlords and tenants in commercial and residential lease transactions.

Richard has represented banks and financial institutions, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in real estate transactions and litigation. He was also represented landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions and litigation, contractors in mechanics' lien foreclosure proceedings, and plaintiffs and defendants in equitable proceedings, including quiet title, accounting, equitable liens, and partition actions. Additionally, he has argued cases in federal and state trial courts, appellate courts, and the Illinois Supreme Court. Finally, he has represented parties in arbitration and mediation before the American Arbitration Association.

Education:

• B.A., 1975, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee • J.D., 1979, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois


Bar Admissions:

• Illinois

Forum & Court Admissions:
• Illinois Supreme Court
• United States District, Northern District of Illinois
• Trial Bar, United States District Court
• United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Memberships:

• American Bar Association
• Illinois State Bar Association
• Chicago Bar Association
• DuPage County Bar Association
• Will County Bar Association


Published Opinions:

• LaSalle Bank v. Cypress Creek I, 242 Ill.2d 231 (2011)
• LaSalle Bank v. Cypress Creek I, 398 Ill.App.3d 592 (3rd Dist. 2010)
• Southwest Bank of St. Louis v. Poulokefalos, 401 Ill.App.3d 884 (1st Dist. 2010)


Legal Publications:

• Litigation Management - 2000
• Summary of Revised UCC Article 9 - 2001
• Death of the Mechanic's Lien - 2011


Caroline Strahammer

Caroline Strahammer

Education:

• The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
• Juris Doctor, June, 2004 GPA: 3.26/4.0
• The John Marshall Moot Court Council
• Dean's List, Fall, 2001
• Justinian Society of Lawyers
• Women's Law Caucus
• Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois
• Bachelor of Arts, Economics, May, 2001
• GPA: 3.3/4.0
• Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Economics Honor Society
• President and three-year member of Mock Trial (1999-2001)
• Varsity Swimming and Diving (1997-1999)

Experience:

• Richard Jones & Associates, Ltd., fik/a Jones & Jacobs, Mt. Prospect, Illinois
• Associate Attorney, September, 2007 - Present

Here, Caroline provides legal counsel to mortgage lenders in the areas of consumer and non-consumer loan foreclosure, real estate transactions, contract litigation, and bankruptcy. She also represents mortgage lenders in connection with housing court, forcible entry, and detainer cases, along with building code violation cases. She has prepared and argued various contested motions in State and Federal Court, including Motions for Summary Judgment and Motions to Dismiss. Additionally, she has drafted and responded to multiple discover requests, including Interrogatories, Requests to Produce, and Requests to Admit and Conduct Oral Depositions.

• Larson & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
• Associate Attorney, May, 2005 - July, 2007; Law Clerk, October, 2002 - May, 2005

At Larson & Associates, Caroline provided legal counsel to various mortgage lenders regarding complex real estate and business transactions involving the sale of foreclosed and repossessed properties, and the initiation and management of forcible actions. She drafted numerous court documents, including pleadings, affidavits, Motions for Summary Judgment, and Motions to Dismiss. She also negotiated and managed various real estate transactions involving the buying and selling of single-family homes, condominiums, and multi-unit buildings.

• Allstate Insurance Corporation, Northbrook, Illinois
• Voice Communication Specialist; Summer Intern, January, 2001 - August, 2002

At Allstate, Caroline assisted in the organization of two newly-acquired projects, the consolidation of all billing invoices, and the documentation of her team's processes and procedures. She also worked to centralize voice communication billing for all Allstate branches in the western region, reviewed budgets, and offered suggestions regarding potential cost-saving techniques.

Bar Admissions:

• Member, State Bar of Illinois, 2005 - Present
• Member, United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, 2005 - Present