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Litigator Goes the Extra Mile for Real Estate Clients

In the last decade, Howard K. Jeruchimowitz has been front and center in some of the real estate world’s splashiest legal dramas.

He and colleagues in the formidable real estate litigation group of Greenberg Traurig, LLP handled one of several disputes that erupted during the condo conversion of Chicago’s landmark Palmolive Building. Then he helped complete a complex construction settlement for a co-owner of one of Europe’s tallest residential high-rises, the Daniel Libeskind-designed tower in Warsaw.

The Palmolive case — involving a $34 million construction dispute — even raised new and complex legal issues in the area of mechanics liens and how they apply in condominium developments. It was a major milestone for a 43-year-old real estate litigator.

Yet the more prosaic cases seem to hold equal weight with Jeruchimowitz. Sitting in a 31st-floor conference room on a gloomy afternoon in downtown Chicago, he lights up just as readily when talking about helping a shopping mall owner negotiate lease terms, for example, or advising a mom-and-pop operation.

“I do get a thrill out of watching a business develop,” Jeruchimowitz says, “whether it’s helping a shopping center build from the ground up or advising them on why the parking lot is there or the reason this tenant was placed over there, or (knowing) whatever decision they made was, in part, because of legal advice I was able to give them.”

His in-depth approach dovetails nicely with the client-centered philosophy of Greenberg Traurig, one of the nation’s largest law firms with 38 offices worldwide. Jeruchimowitz is a shareholder and commercial litigator in the Chicago office whose practice focuses on real estate and financial services.

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