• Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Northwestern University
      School of Law, J.D.
    • Bradley University,
      B.S., with honors

    Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Federal Trial Bar
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U. S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

    David Zajicek is a highly experienced attorney whose practice includes corporate and real estate transactions, as well as related lítigation. He represents companíes in sales of businesses; mergers and acquísitions; leveraged buyouts; executive compensation matters; employment law; shareholder disputes, and business succession planning.

    As part of his corporate practice, Mr. Zajicek represents major lending institutions as well as borrowers ín all types of private and public financíng arrangements, including aircraft financing, federal and state New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing and Tax Incremental (TIF) financing, and workout negotiation and litigation.

    Mr. Zajícek’s real estate practice includes the representation of developers from acquisition through construction, sale and leasing. He also has extensive experience in zoning and land use matters before more than 30 local communities in the Chicagoland area and in state courts regarding annexation, zoning, special use permits, wetlands permits, impact fees, storm water management disputes and building permit disputes.

    On the trial side of his practíce, Mr. Zajicek has tried cases in both state and federal courts, regarding commercial matters, ìncluding shareholder disputes, manufacturer/distributor (and franchisor/franchisee) disputes, as well as real estate matters of all types.

    Honors & Awards
    Named as a “Super Lawyer” in inaugural issue of lllinois Super Lawyer magazine, where selected by peers in area of closely and privately held Business Law.

    Member of the Leading Lawyers Network, where selected by peers in the area of Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law.

    Holds the AV@ Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability

    Presentations
    Documenting Unusual Real Estate Loans, Commercial Loans-Buílding Lender Protections From Start to Finish Seminar, live video conference, October 2012.

    Publications
    Mr. Zajicek has written and lectured to professional groups on the topic of the Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program, which was enacted as part of the Federal Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000.

    Mr. Zajicek has also been a guest lecturer on zoning and land use law conferences sponsored by the lnternational Conference
    of Shopping Centers, and has taught real estate courses at
    Roosevelt University in Chicago.

    Personal
    Mr. Zajícek was a Captain in the United States Air Force and
    is the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.

    AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Lake Forest College
    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Robert L. Renfro, a Director with the Firm, concentrates his practice in both the commercial and residential real estate market. As Chair of the Huck Bouma Real Estate Practice Group, he has extensive experience in purchase and sale transactions as well as office, retail and industrial leasing.
    Rob has represented clients in a wide variety of real estate matters, whether it involves assisting a client in securing a “mom and pop” retail lease in downtown Glen Ellyn or negotiating office lease in the Willis Tower. Rob has also advised condominium boards in association matters and has assisted property owners in matters of finance and title.

    Along with his real estate practice, Rob handles much of the firm’s guardianship matters and advises staff on probate issues. He routinely appears in court to represent executors and administrators of probate estates and is often called upon to represent local medical facilities to secure guardians for indigent patients.

    Rob is a graduate of Lake Forest College, having transferred there following his freshman year at Iowa State University. He received his law degree at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

    Rob has served as a Village of Glen Ellyn Trustee, President of the Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the Glen Ellyn Architectural Review Commission. Rob is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Central DuPage. He and his wife Viki, and daughter Rachel, continue to reside in Glen Ellyn.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • DePaul University
      College of Law, J.D.
    • University of Iowa, B.B.A.
      Certified Public Accountant

    Associations & Memberships

    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association Member

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Timothy W. O’Donnell, a Director with the Firm, counsels corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and individual clients on a wide range of business and related tax matters. He has extensive experience in taxable and nontaxable business acquisitions and restructurings, succession planning, capital-raising activities, business structuring and joint venture agreements.
    Mr. O’Donnell also has significant experience involving the financing ownership and disposition of business related aircraft, including tax-deferred exchanges and sales and use tax issues.

    A frequent lecturer, Mr. O’Donnell speaks on a broad range of topics, including tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions and S corporation operations. He is the co-author of ”Operating and Maintaining the S Corporation”, a chapter of an Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication on S corporations.

    Mr. O’Donnell has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Tax Law Business from 2013 to 2016.

    Affiliations
    Member, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Case Western Reserve,
      School of Law, J.D.
    • American University, B.A.

    Associations & Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • United States Tax Court
    • Executive Editor, Journal of International Law
    • Member, Jessup International Moot Court Team

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Kimberly A. Nagle, a senior Director with the Firm, concentrates her practice in commercial business and finance transactions for small and mid-sized businesses. She has substantial experience counseling such businesses on a wide variety of business issues, including, without limitation, formation issues, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures, tax planning and controversy issues and other general commercial matters. Ms. Nagle also represents local, regional and national lenders and borrowers in the structuring, negotiating and documentation of commercial and healthcare finance transactions.

    Representative Transactions

    Represented a manufacturer of flexible plastic liners in the sale of its business to private equity for $75mm.

    Represented a title production software company in the sale of its business to a rival software company for $100mm.

    Represented a provider of HVACR repair, maintenance and construction services as corporate counsel in their acquisition of similar companies in with transaction sizes ranging in size from $5 million to $17 million dollars. Represented the same company in connection with its sale to a private equity firm for an aggregate purchase price of $47mm.

    Represented a management and technology consulting company in the sale of its business to private equity for over $21mm.

    Represented a transportation and logistics services company in the sale of its business to a strategic investor for over $5mm.

    Represented a food and packaging manufacturer in the strategic sale of its assets to a public company for over $15mm.

    Represented an energy company as corporate and finance counsel in its acquisition of a strategic joint venture partner in a transaction of approximately $12mm dollars.

    Represented an engineering firm in connection with the acquisition of a rival firm for $8mm.

    Represented a travel company in the sale of its assets to a public company for over $9mm.

    Represented a manufacturer and fabricator of commercial heating equipment in the sale of its company to a family investment office for over $17mm.

    Represented a software engineering firm in the sale of its operations in the US and abroad to a key business partner for over $21mm.

    Represented the majority shareholders of a food manufacturer in connection with investments made by strategic partners in excess of $5mm.

    Represent a distributor of vehicle products in the sale of its business to a public company for over $5mm.

    Represented an ingredient supplier in the sale of its company for over $25mm to a public company and the subsequent liquidation of its ESOP plan.

    Represented a lender in connection with a 10 property commercial real estate loan totaling over $50mm.

    Represented a lender and administrative agent in a syndicated loan over $100mm involving a commercial business with multiple property locations in 3 different states.

    Represented a borrower in the acquisition of financing totaling over $20mm from commercial and mezzanine lenders.

    Represent an ESOP borrower in the acquisition of a $50mm revolving loan.

    Represented a group of employees in the buy-out of the existing owners of a prototype design firm for consideration of approximately $5mm dollars.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Chicago-Kent College of Law,
      Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois J.D. with honors
    • Marquette University,
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin, B.A.

    Associations & Memberships

    • Selected as a leading lawyer in the areas of Secured Transactions Law, Closely & Privately Held Business Law and Real Estate Law: Commercial by the Leading Lawyers Network
    • Member, American Bar Association (Sections of Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Commercial Real Estate Transactions And Management Group; committees on Banking Law, Loan Documentation, Real Estate and Commercial Lending and Commercial Finance)

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    T. Gregory Mieczynski, has been advising business, banking and real estate clients for over twenty-five years on local, regional, and national operations and transactions. Greg has been a part of the Huck Bouma team since 2004 and before that, practiced with firms in Chicago and the western suburbs.

    Greg, a senior Director with the Firm, concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and finance.

    Greg’s practice includes extensive commercial real estate expertise including construction, acquisitions, leasing and property development. In addition, Greg has worked with entrepreneurs and established companies to assist them with business development and financing, partnering and protecting the value of their business entities. Greg also works with the Firm’s business clients, both lenders and borrowers, to negotiate and document the terms of all manner of credit facilities, including asset-based lending, mortgage-backed lending, taxable and tax-exempt bond financings, and private equity transactions.

    Greg lives in the near western suburbs and enjoys many activities away from the office including bicycling, golfing, traveling, cooking and reading.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • DePaul University
      College of Law, J.D.
    • Niagara University
      Applied Mathematics (Actuarial Science), B.A. Summa Cum Laude

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Christian T. Laden is a Director at Huck Bouma, PC and represents clients on a wide range of real estate, corporate and tax matters, focusing his practice in the areas of commercial real estate (including but not limited to acquisition, disposition, leasing, refinancing, development, and construction), real estate finance, business/corporate transactions, residential real estate, and estate and legacy planning.

    Christian has significant experience working with and routinely acts as outside general counsel and advisor for small and mid-size businesses, commercial real estate companies, including overseeing legal, corporate and finance matters with regard to their commercial real estate holdings, construction and property management activities as well as numerous local and national asset-based private lenders, real estate investors, and mortgage pool funds.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Christian worked for law firms in the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago, including his own firm from 2009-2016 while also acting as in-house general counsel for a Chicagoland area real estate developer, landlord and construction company. From his first-hand experience as a business owner and in-house counsel, Christian greatly appreciates and understands the unique legal and business issues that small and mid-size business and real estate clients confront on a daily basis, and the tremendous value of having well-structured transactions and creating business practical solutions for all parties involved.

    Christian received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics (concentration Actuarial Science), Summa Cum Laude, from Niagara University. While attending Niagara University, Christian was a member of the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

    Christian resides in the western suburbs with his wife and their three children. Christian enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and playing men’s league hockey. Christian is an active member in his church and bible study group, and particularly enjoys being a volunteer attorney at his church’s monthly pro-bono legal clinic (in conjunction with Administer Justice) as well as being a case maker for the Christian-faith.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Illinois State University
      B.S. in Finance with Honors,
      minors in Accounting and Economics
    • Chicago-Kent College of Law
      J.D., Certificate in Business Law

    Associations & Memberships

    • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
    • Chicago Bar Association, Member
    • USA Powerlifting, Member

    Admissions

    • Illinois

    Joseph E. Keavy concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate transactions, entity formation, corporate finance, and business transactions.

    Experience

    Joe represents both buyers and sellers in merger and acquisition transactions, including market entry
    acquisitions, strategic add-on acquisitions, sales to public companies and private equity funds, cross-border
    transactions, and asset acquisitions and dispositions. In his mergers and acquisitions practice, Joe counsels
    clients on the appropriate transaction structure, performing due diligence, and negotiating transaction
    documents including the letter of intent, the purchase agreement, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, and consulting agreements.

    In addition, Joe advises lenders and borrowers in commercial lending and financing transactions, including
    secured and unsecured credit facilities, real estate and other asset-based loans, SBA and Freddie Mac financing, and loan modifications and work-outs.

    Joe also serves as outside general counsel to privately held businesses. He has extensive experience advising
    business regarding private placement offerings, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate governance, professional regulation and licensing, trademarks, intellectual property, and business contracts.


  • Posted on December 9, 2020

    Education

    • Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
      Business Administration
    • The John Marshall Law School,
      Chicago, Illinois, 2005,
      Juris Doctor
    Associations & Memberships
    • Member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Du Page County Bar Association
    Admissions
    • Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of Illinois
    • United Sates District Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois
    • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana

    Eric J. Malnar is a senior Director in the Litigation Department, focusing his practice principally on commercial litigation including foreclosures, workouts and debt restructurings, real estate, and employment practices claims.

    Mr. Malnar represents manufacturers, real estate developers, financial institutions, insurance companies, and entrepreneurs in a broad range of matters including breach of contract, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, breach of fiduciary duty, franchise litigation, real estate litigation and title insurance disputes, regulatory litigation, shareholder disputes, intellectual property, trademark and copyright, consumer fraud, securities litigation, legal malpractice, class action, and trade secrets litigation.

    Prior to joining Huck Bouma, Eric was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

    Commercial Litigation:
    Mr. Malnar has researched, drafted and successfully argued numerous dispositive motions and has conducted numerous depositions in support of dispositive motions. His experience includes drafting briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court and the Seventh Circuit Appellate Court, and prosecuting high-dollar amount collection matters; in this area, a sample of his experience includes:

    • Breach of contract, first chair trial before Cook County Circuit Court.
    • Favorable settlement obtained in a multi-million dollar equipment finance case spanning claims for fraud, conversion, and breach of contact.
    • Prosecuted a case against a labor union in federal court on behalf of an employer which resulted in a favorable settlement.
    • Favorable settlement in mechanics lien matter covering three Illinois counties and 40 different properties.
    • Favorable settlement in contested matter before the Illinois EPA.

    Bankruptcy Litigation:
    Successfully represented numerous defendants in Adversary Proceedings for avoidance and fraudulent transfer claims.

    • Second chair trial experience in Adversary Proceeding resulting in dismissal of all claims.
    • Successfully argued motions for lifting of automatic stay and objection to dischargeability.
    • Represented retiree committees in multiple, large-scale bankruptcies.

    Intellectual Property:
    Mr. Malnar has successfully prosecuted numerous claims for trademark and copyright violations including:

    • Defending a publisher against trademark violations resulting in dismissal of all claims.
    • Complaint and temporary restraining order in Texas Federal Court for trademark and copyright violations resulting in favorable settlement.

    Employment Law:
    Representation of healthcare providers in claims regarding non-compete agreements and tortious interference.

    Real Estate Litigation / Title Insurance Services:
    Successfully defended homeowners from large claim for fraud and violation of the Illinois Real Estate Disclosure Act.

    • Breach of contract case involving large residential real estate resulting in victory for client including possession, monetary damages and attorneys’ fees.
    • Successfully represented Title Insurance clients for claims ranging from foreclosure, reformation and equitable subrogation.

    Banking and Lending Litigation / Services:
    Represented financial institutions with respect to Loss-Share Agreement and Financial Institution Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) law.

    • Successfully represented the FDIC in FIRREA litigation via statutory special powers.
    • Represented banking clients in all aspects of commercial and residential foreclosure including pre-foreclosure, forbearance, short-sales and workouts.
    • Successfully defended banking clients with respect to commercial and statutory consumer claims.

    Mr. Malnar has served as an advisor to clients in all aspects of their legal needs outside of litigation, including federal, state and in local regulatory procedures. He has served as quasi-in-house counsel in managing clients’ outside counsel for out of state litigation; he has drafted and negotiated various contracts, equipment leases, licensing agreements, loan documents and settlement agreements toward final disposition, and works closely with title insurance partners in real estate closings.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Eric Malnar worked for five years in the computer technology industry. In addition, he spent ten years moonlighting as a Chicago musician. He recorded two full length albums and has performed countless shows throughout the country.