Jun 17, 2011

Chuhak & Tecson elevates four attorneys to the level of principal

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., is pleased to announce the elevation of four attorneys from associates to principals. All four are respected for their professional skill and commitment to clients as well as to the firm.

The attorneys being honored include three in the practice area of estates—Stacey Bromberg, David Feinberg and Lindsey Paige Markus—and one, Ryan Haas, who focuses on employment and healthcare issues.

“We’re very excited at Chuhak & Tecson that four individuals have been elevated to the position of income principal,” said Andrew Tecson, president. “Each of these individuals is a superb attorney.

“Each of them also has developed a broad base of clients while simultaneously contributing to the administration of our firm,” Tecson said. “It is very exciting for us to grow internally, with our younger attorneys ascending in all areas of their practice.”

Stacey Bromberg has known she wanted to focus on the area of estates and trusts since her first year at Chicago Kent College of Law, when she also worked as a law clerk at Chuhak & Tecson. With probate, guardianship and estate planning as her focus, a large majority of her cases involve guardianship issues for adult disabled persons.

"I enjoy probate,” Bromberg said. “You’re dealing with real, tangible, fixable problems. And I find it rewarding to work with people who need help but cannot help themselves."

Her compassionate personality plays a crucial role in many of her contested cases.

“In litigated estate and trust matters, people often have a difficult time separating their emotions from the legal issues,” Bromberg said. “A competent, practical attorney serves as a counselor to guide clients who need to find some focus.”

She believes her role is to sympathize with her client's emotional issues while acting as an advocate and obtaining the best results for the client.

"You don't always think you're making a real difference as a lawyer,” she said, “but there are times when you can truly have a positive impact on a person's life and a family's relationship during a difficult time.”

David Feinberg practices in the areas of probate administration/litigation, adult disabled and minor guardianship, and estate planning. He enjoys probate and estate planning because he gets the chance to solve problems for families in the most difficult of circumstances—the loss of a loved one.

“My ability to help other people and listen to their concerns is what drew me to law in the first place,” Feinberg said. “I work with individuals during difficult times and try to find the solution to their problems.”

Equally rewarding is setting up the best estate plans possible for his clients so problems will not occur down the road.

“The bottom line is that I love to work with clients and find out what’s important to them,” Feinberg said. “When you have the chance to draft a document that reflects people’s concerns and helps them accomplish their goals, that’s a good day.”

Feinberg said his transition into estate and trust administration is probably the best legal career move he’s made since earning his law degree from Northwestern University.

“This practice area is always changing, and I love keeping up with the current law,” he said. “There’s a lot of gray area, so it’s very much driven by case law. I’m currently dealing with a trust dispute matter that I think is going to set a new Illinois law precedent.”

Lindsey Paige Markus was making her career in domestic and international finance—starting global joint ventures and new family businesses, co-authoring books, and even patenting an interactive computer game with her mother—when she noticed something that would end up sending her off in a different direction.

“I recognized that at every critical juncture a lawyer was involved,” Markus said.

Her background proved to be a good fit not only for corporate and business law, but also estate planning and trust administration. Markus’ parents were among the first to benefit after she completed her law degree at Loyola University.

“My father had asked their estate planning attorney to update their wills,” Markus said, “and the attorney did just that—never having a conversation with them about living trusts or more advanced tools. Since that time, I have become passionate about educating individuals about estate planning and get tremendous pleasure from the client's ‘aha’ moments.”

Markus makes community service a priority in her life and takes great satisfaction in giving her clients guidance on charitable planning.

“The ability to help clients minimize taxes and maximize the transfer of wealth from generation to generation is rewarding,” she said. “But the ability to transfer wealth to charitable organizations and help those less fortunate is truly extraordinary.”

Ryan Haas, who earned his law degree from Loyola University, believes that a competent, committed attorney is an invaluable asset in today’s business world. Haas teaches two philosophy courses at Columbia College Chicago and sees his master’s degree in philosophy as a boon to better lawyering. His practice is focused on employment issues, especially those in the ever-evolving area of healthcare, and often requires creative problem-solving.

“I think philosophy is very helpful in terms of developing arguments in an abstract way and critically evaluating problems and legal principals,” Haas said. “You try to be both critical and creative in your thinking. It helps with writing legal briefs.”

He also is currently using his writing skills for a book chapter on federal remedies in employment discrimination for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE). Haas has been asked to co-author the chapter with David Tecson, principal.

In his practice, Haas makes it a priority to solve issues for his clients in both the short and long terms.

“Often businesses will come to me after a problem has arisen. Maybe they’re being sued for some reason,” he said. “I think an attorney’s focus should be not just to solve that problem, but to put into place preventative measures so it doesn’t happen again. The attorney’s focus should be to help the company save money and be a better business in the long run.”