Chuhak & Tecson elevates three attorneys to principals

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. is proud to announce that associates Adam Beattie, Julie Gardner and Paulina Garga-Chmiel have all been elevated to principals of the firm. These three skillful and highly knowledgeable attorneys have continuously demonstrated their devotion to their clients’ needs through providing innovative solutions and top-notch service while continuing to exemplify the teamwork and collaboration their colleagues have long respected.

Beattie focuses his practice on commercial litigation, internal business disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, commercial evictions, trust and trustee disputes and litigation, collection of assessments and enforcement of common interest community association declarations and rules. He also counsels condominium associations regarding the enforcement of association rules, collection matters, and advising board members on topics including their obligations to the association and methods to protect themselves from liability.

“Adam is a top-notch litigator who is sensitive at all times to achieving the goals of clients,” said David Bloomberg, leader of Chuhak & Tecson’s Condominium & Common Interest Community Association practice group. “His hard work and commitment has led to fantastic results for clients and the respect of his colleagues and peers.”

Beattie, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, is an active member of the American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. He also is a member of the firm’s Technology Committee.

“The thing I have valued most in my years here at the firm is the collegial environment created by both my fellow attorneys and our staff members,” said Beattie. “The feedback and positive reinforcement I have received over the years has continuously motivated me to provide the most valuable and sensible solutions for my clients.”

Gardner focuses her practice on both contested and non-contested estate matters, probate administration, trust administration, guardianship, estate planning and asset protection. She represents clients in litigation concerning wills, trusts, powers of attorney, issues of capacity, undue influence, fraud and forgery. Gardner also serves as Guardian Ad Litem and court-appointed counsel for the Cook County Circuit Court’s Probate Division.

“Julie possesses a deep knowledge of both probate and estate planning law as well as the compassion clients need when seeking out our services, oftentimes in less than ideal circumstances,” said Leynee Flores, leader of Chuhak & Tecson’s Estate & Trust Administration & Litigation practice group. “Her adept balance of analyzing case strategy, yet also taking into account her clients’ wishes, allows her to consistently and meaningfully advise her clients on the most complex of estate administration and litigation matters.”

Gardner graduated from DePaul University College of Law and is active in the Chicago legal community, including serving as a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee and as vice-chair of its Probate Practice Committee for the 2021-2022 year. She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association and currently serves as an associate delegate to the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law. In 2021 Gardner was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in addition to earning the ranking of Emerging Lawyer from Leading Lawyers for the past two consecutive years.

“I have really appreciated working in an atmosphere that challenges me and consistently pushes me to become a better lawyer,” said Gardner. “The firm has a strong, supportive environment which makes it possible for me and my fellow attorneys to reach our professional goals.”

A graduate of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Garga-Chmiel represents lenders in a variety of banking-related matters, including foreclosure litigation, bankruptcy matters, collection actions, breach of contract disputes, SBA loan workouts and loss mitigation. She has managed evidentiary hearings and argued contested motions on behalf of clients in both state and federal courts.

“In any stage of any given matter, Paulina will always fight tenaciously in pursuit of the best outcomes for her clients,” said Francisco Connell, leader of Chuhak & Tecson’s Banking practice group. “She is a testament to the importance of hard work and accountability, which align perfectly with the firm’s values.”

Named as an Emerging Lawyer for two consecutive years, Garga-Chmiel is an active member of the Bankruptcy Court Liaison Committee for the Northern District of Illinois, Polish American Chamber of Commerce, Advocates Society – the Association of Polish-American Attorneys and the firm’s Associate/Law Clerk Oversight Committee. Fluent in the Polish language, she volunteers at Amicus Poloniae, a legal clinic managed by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services that provides pro bono legal assistance to underserved members of the Polish community.

“I feel the firm continually fosters a culture where you can have open conversations with leadership and are able to discuss projects with colleagues,” said Garga-Chmiel. “It is this attitude that has continued to fuel my professional growth and help me in advising my clients.”