Feb 15, 2018
Success! Chuhak & Tecson’s 30th anniversary realized
There were the 30 years before Chuhak & Tecson’s Three Decades Anniversary in 2017, and now we begin the 30 years after.
It was a year that began with 68 attorneys and ended with 74, adding yet more dedicated and skilled lawyers that will support us in our goal of remaining positioned to provide the innovative and responsive legal representation companies and individuals need to compete in today’s complex world.
Our new office in New Jersey makes three, adding to our already established locations in Chicago and New York.
For the next 30 years and beyond, Chuhak & Tecson is honored to carry out the vision of our firm’s founders, Thomas S. Chuhak and Joseph A. Tecson, two highly respected attorneys who made enormous contributions to their communities and to the profession of law.
Three Decades was a year where Chuhak & Tecson emphasized education—educating our clients, our communities, ourselves. It was a year to reflect on the diverse ways we honor our commitment and responsibility to our communities. While our service and values will always remain constant, some of the ways in which we’ve evolved in the last year also mean we’ll never be quite the same again.
Education is a convention in our firm and Three Decades has been a way to bring it to the forefront. As speakers and writers, our attorneys continually develop ways to empower our clients and colleagues with the latest legal information on a wide range of topics, and do so through presentations, newsletters, client alerts and articles.
Throughout 2017, as we positioned ourselves as thought leaders, our attorneys wrote and distributed more content than in previous years, covering a variety of topics our clients wanted to hear about—from DACA to HOAs and from the actions banks should take now to corporate and business highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Attorneys were out among our audiences more than ever before and, as educators, carried on the firm’s tradition of meeting personally with clients at a time and place convenient for them.
Yet our responsibility to education begins at home. In 2017 our attorneys, paralegals and staff have had more opportunities than ever for training as we strive to stay at the forefront of security issues, technology upgrades, human resource initiatives and business development. Maintaining a nimble team that can elevate service and meet the ever-changing needs of our clients is a cornerstone of Chuhak & Tecson, now more important than ever as we experience swift change on a daily basis.
As it has for 30 years, Chuhak & Tecson remains committed to improving the lives of others through philanthropic and diverse efforts. Being part of the communities we serve is a core value of the firm and we are proud to call out but three examples.
Our Women Helping Women program held one of its most successful events ever. Donations from attorneys, staff and guests helped The Nora Project collect enough refurbished iPads to outfit nearly three classrooms. In March, Women Helping Women was honored with an IDEA Award, sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators, which recognizes one-of-a-kind programs, services and events that enrich the legal community and advance the business of law.
In 2017 we held our second of what is now an annual event—Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—to honor the man who fought so courageously for inclusion. More than 80 employees volunteered to support three local organizations—packing essential items for distribution to homeless individuals through St. Ignatius Church; tying blankets for chemotherapy patients of Loyola University Health System; and performing housekeeping and serving meals at Pacific Garden Mission, a Gospel mission that aims to save and restore the lives of homeless and hurting men, women and children. Where possible, the firm partners with organizations that align with Dr. King’s work in six key areas: poverty, fair wages, affordable and safe housing, quality education, justice and peace.
Chuhak & Tecson proudly established the Joseph A. Tecson Scholarship Fund for first-year law students admitted to DePaul University College of Law, with a preference for those who have performed community service. Joe Tecson was passionate about community service and 30 years after its founding, Chuhak & Tecson continues to adhere to the decorum Joe instilled in the firm—integrity, hard work, quality, community service, civility toward one another and, equally important, a sense of humor.
Yes, our Three Decades Anniversary year was a success indeed! Education was the means by which we ensured our clients continued to receive the attention, support and skill that brought them to Chuhak & Tecson in the first place, many of them three decades ago. Our commitment to community service bound us all together with a collective belief in the significance of giving back to communities that give so much to us in return.
Our attorneys, paralegals and staff remain committed to staying at the forefront of changes in the law and contributing to the success of our clients and colleagues. When Tom Chuhak and Joe Tecson formed the foundational principles of our firm, Right there with you meant to them what it will always mean to us—the timeless values of Responsive Service, Creative Collaboration and Exceptional Value.