|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Ron Damashek is, and for many years has been, a peer designated member of Illinois Leading Lawyers and an Illinois Super Lawyer in Business Litigation. Mr. Damashek chairs Stahl Cowen's litigation department, where he primarily resolves disputes involving real estate and financial industry issues. Mr. Damashek also has extensive experience in general commercial litigation, regularly handling cases involving breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, fraud, statutory violations, corporate and partnership disputes, and injunctions. Mr. Damashek has settled, arbitrated, and tried cases, and stands ready to pursue his clients' interests aggressively and efficiently in any forum.
As counsel to secured creditors, Mr. Damashek regularly litigates and works out troubled loans, resolves disputes with competing claimants and loan participants, and advises clients as to their contractual rights and obligations under loan documents, intercreditor agreements, and purchase and assumption agreements. Mr. Damashek has foreclosed hundreds of commercial mortgages on properties ranging from downtown office buildings to a suburban golf course, represented secured creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and worked with, and represented, court appointed receivers. Mr. Damashek works closely with Stahl Cowen's financial services practice group to meet its clients' loan documentation, securitization, asset recovery, and disposition needs.
As counsel retained by title insurance companies, Mr. Damashek litigates, arbitrates, and mediates claims involving title defects, title insurance coverage, competing lien priorities, title and loan fraud, boundary disputes, and agent liability. Mr. Damashek's title team has resolved countless real estate disputes and obtained significant recoveries for title insurers both directly from obligors and from bankruptcy estates. He is a former Chair of the ABA-TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee and represents the Illinois Land Title Association as amicus curiae on appeals of title issues of state-wide concern.
As counsel to condominium associations, Mr. Damashek resolves disputes concerning turnover, non-payment of assessments, owner property rights, election procedures and results, and construction defects. Mr. Damashek also frequently prepares and enforces association contracts and guides condominium boards in interpreting and complying with the Illinois Condominium Property Act and condominium declarations, by-laws, rules and regulations.
Mr. Damashek also regularly represents developers, property owners, and contractors in the resolution of real estate disputes, such as controversies involving municipalities, development partners, adjoining property owners, contractors, landlord-tenant relationships, and mechanic's lien claims.
Notable Cases and Results:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982 (Trial Bar, 1989)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
Date of Birth: 1957
Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1982
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, B.A.,1979
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Ron is an avid soccer player. He coached AYSO soccer for many years and now helps organize two adult soccer games that have been running for more than 20 years.
Stahl Cowen serves the needs of businesses and individuals throughout the United States. We also serve international clients' U.S. legal needs, with particular emphasis on India and the Pacific Rim. Stemming from our core litigation and corporate practice areas, we handle a wide variety of legal matters, including day-to-day business operational issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters of all stripes, business reorganizations, corporate and real estate financing, commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, employment matters, and wealth transfers, just to name a few. We provide our clients with sophisticated legal advice coupled with a real world understanding of what is important to them and their businesses. Our approach has garnered a fiercely loyal client base.
We believe that a thorough understanding of a client's business is the foundation of each attorney-client relationship. Many of our clients, like our attorneys, came to us from large national law firms. They recognize that our size and approach gives them an advantage because we react quickly to changes in business and the law. They also recognize that our experience and abilities are the same as attorneys at the much larger firms against whom we regularly negotiate and litigate, and from which most of us came. But most of all, our clients recognize that they usually hire a lawyer, not a law firm. We earn and keep our clients' trust by appropriately staffing our matters with attorneys best-suited to deliver the results our clients demand.
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