Chuhak & Tecson elevates Blewett, Debre and Flores to principals
Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. is proud to announce that associates Evan Blewett, Michael Debre and Leynee Cruz Flores have all been elevated to principals of the firm. These three dedicated and talented attorneys have well-earned reputations among clients and colleagues by demonstrating responsive service, creative collaboration and exceptional value in helping them achieve their goals.
Blewett, who graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law, focuses his practice on a variety of areas related to secured lending, real estate transactions, commercial litigation, contract law and corporate compliance. His practice spans both transactional and litigation work representing business clients, with an emphasis on regional and national lenders, and advising financial institutions across the country that seek guaranteed government lending through the Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture loan programs.
“Evan possesses a natural talent in developing a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses and the issues they face,” said Francisco Connell, leader of Chuhak & Tecson’s Banking practice group. “His hard work and commitment has quickly earned him their trust and respect.”
Blewett joined Chuhak & Tecson in 2013 and quickly rose from law clerk, to associate, to principal, all the while fostering meaningful and lifelong relationships with his colleagues.
“I highly value the firm’s collegial environment and the friendships I have made here,” Blewett said. “The feedback and encouragement I have received has continually propelled me to provide valuable and quality service for my clients.”
Debre focuses his practice on representing financial institutions nationwide in matters involving loan enforcement, insolvency, fraud, breach of contract, replevin, conversion, mortgage foreclosures and appeals. He also represents business owners on a variety of litigation matters, including those involving construction liability and other commercial disputes. Debre is also particularly knowledgeable regarding reporting requirements, given his prior experience working in commercial banking.
“Mike has a great sense of the pressures facing lenders in this demanding business and regulatory environment,” said Connell. “His seamless ability to accurately assess risks and costs, while providing thoughtful analysis and advice, is one of the many ways he provides his clients solutions and high-quality service.”
A graduate of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Debre is an active member of the school’s alumni association where he acts as a mentor to current students and recent graduates. He also volunteers at Marist High School where he is an instructor for the Moot Court Club.
“For the past four-and-a-half years, I’ve greatly enjoyed being a team player amongst my colleagues across the different practice areas the firm offers,” Debre said. “The firm has a strong, supportive environment which makes it possible for the other attorneys and me to reach our professional goals.”
Flores, who joined the firm in 2018, concentrates her practice in all areas of trust and estate administration and litigation, including probate and guardianship. She represents corporate fiduciaries and individuals in claims regarding competency, breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and disputes concerning assets, and is regularly appointed as Guardian Ad Litem and attorney for objecting respondents by Cook County Probate Division judges in matters of guardianship administration and litigation. Clients also depend on Flores’ skillful approach in administering and litigating wills, trusts, powers of attorney and the distribution of non-probate assets.
“Leynee provides exceptional representation for her clients and continuously delivers creative solutions that meet their specific needs,” said David Feinberg, leader of the firm’s Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation practice group. “She also takes the time to walk her clients through the processes of estate and trust administration with great care, understanding that they have likely recently experienced a loss.”
Flores graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law with a certificate in Elder Law, and she is the immediate past-president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois in addition to serving as co-chair of the firm’s Business Development & Marketing committee. Flores also currently serves as the Treasurer of the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Funds and is a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability & Elder Law, providing pro bono legal services to the center’s clients.
“I have really appreciated working in an atmosphere that challenges me and consistently pushes me to become a better lawyer,” said Flores. “I am truly grateful to my colleagues at Chuhak & Tecson for a professional environment that fosters growth and promotes excellence while maintaining front of mind the humanity of what we do.”