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09/07/2021

Three Chuhak & Tecson Principals receive "Notable Rising Stars in Law" honor from Crain's Chicago Business

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. is proud to announce that Michael Debre, Julie Gardner and Paulina Garga-Chmiel have received the Crain’s Chicago Business honor of being named Notable Rising Stars in Law.
 
Crain’s is recognizing Chicago’s practicing attorneys at law firms who have been a partner for five years or less, who have impacted the types of cases handled at their respective firms and who have demonstrated leadership by serving on firm committees, mentoring associates and/or promoting diversity and inclusion. The honorees are also active in professional organizations in addition to their individual civic/community service initiatives.
 
“Mike, Julie and Paulina have been stars at Chuhak & Tecson for a long time so we are extremely proud that their successful practices, commitment to community service and the quality of their characters are now being highlighted throughout Chicago,” said Terrell Isselhard, principal and co-chair of Chuhak & Tecson’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. “Each one of these attorneys has worked very hard to get to this point and their trajectories continue to move full steam ahead.”
 
Michael Debre’s former career as a senior vice president of a Chicago commercial bank provides him with an understanding of the pressures lenders face. He represents financial institutions on a national basis in matters of loan enforcement, insolvency, fraud, breach of contract, replevin, conversion, mortgage foreclosures and appeals. Clients value Mike’s experienced counsel regarding reporting requirements and regulations. He also helps businesses with construction liability and other disputes, assessing risks and costs while providing sound analysis and counsel.
 
Julie Gardner unravels the intricacies of complex contested and non-contested estate matters, providing clients with practical and innovative legal solutions. Her effective arguments concerning wills, trusts,  powers of attorney, issues of capacity, undue influence, fraud and forgery led her to the appointments of Guardian Ad Litem and court-appointed counsel by Cook County Probate Division judges. In her Estate Planning & Asset Protection practice, Julie designs unique plans that provide long-term security for individuals and families.
 
Paulina Garga-Chmiel represents secured and unsecured lenders in foreclosure litigation, bankruptcy matters, collection actions, breach of contract disputes, SBA loan workouts and loss mitigation. Licensed in Illinois and Indiana, she is admitted to practice in multiple district and bankruptcy courts, and she also manages evidentiary hearings and argues contested motions in both state and federal courts. Utilizing her native language at the Amicus Poloniae legal clinic, Paulina provides pro bono legal services to underserved members of the Polish community.