Chuhak & Tecson adds senior counsel Nicholas Schuler, Jr. and associates Connor Valentyn and Aaron Weinger Ward

March 5, 2021

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Nicholas Schuler, Jr. has joined as senior counsel in the firm’s Banking group. In addition, Connor Valentyn and Aaron Weinger Ward have been elevated from law clerks to associates in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Business Law and Estate Planning & Asset Protection practices respectively.

Schuler’s practice includes a wide variety of matters that affect the banking and commercial sectors including litigation, internal investigations, and compliance and ethics issues. In his most recent role as inspector general for the Chicago Board of Education, Schuler fought hard to ensure that a modern, professional watchdog agency was taking citizen complaints seriously, keeping an eye on the public fisc, and clearing access to government records necessary to complete investigations. Schuler received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Catholic University of America, and he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin, Valentyn focuses his practice on assisting businesses of all sizes with a wide variety of matters, including entity formation, contract drafting and negotiations, and the sale and acquisition of businesses. He also has experience in the real estate sector, drafting and advising clients on leases and sale and purchase agreements for both residential and commercial properties. Valentyn received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Weinger Ward focuses his practice on developing comprehensive estate plans and counseling clients with active probate matters. With a full understanding that clients want their assets passed to their loved ones rather than the government, he frequently implements new approaches to structure single or multiple trusts within an estate plan to substantially minimize the estate’s tax obligations. Weinger Ward received his undergraduate degree from Knox College and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.