As a Managing Member and founder of the firm, Brian D. LeVay understands how the intricacies of the law interact with the day-to-day and long-term challenges of running a business, raising a family and planning for the future. This experience and insight has evolved into a thoughtful, holistic, solutions-oriented approach to his clients’ interests and objectives, incorporating the full spectrum of practical, financial and legal considerations. As such, Brian often acts as a valued outside general counsel for clients who come to rely on his insights and judgment for their business and personal affairs. Brian sees himself as a steadfast ally and trusted advisor, invested in his clients’ success. His proactive and collaborative approach, responsiveness and genuine interest in his clients has resulted in relationships that span decades.
Brian concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate counseling and transactions, business and wealth succession and planning, commercial real estate and leasing, finance and lending and commercial and banking litigation. He counsels his business clients and their owners in an array of corporate, real estate, employment, estate planning, intellectual property and business immigration matters. Brian also represents banks, credit unions and private lenders relative to asset-based and real estate loans, restructurings and loan workouts. In addition, he represents clients involved in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leases and other real estate related projects.
A graduate of Tufts University, Brian earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. When not assisting his clients or managing the firm, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and attending Springsteen concerts and baseball games.
- Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., 1988
- Associate Editor, Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, 1986-88
- Author, “ECRA and the Bankruptcy Code”, Urban Law Annual; Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law, January 1989
- Tufts University, B.A., 1985
- Illinois, 1988
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1988
- Wisconsin, 2017
- Chicago Bar Association
- Real Estate Investment Association
Represents closely-held businesses and their owners in connection with a wide range of business transactions, including stock and asset sales and purchases and drafting shareholders agreements and operating agreements.
Counsels businesses relative to day-to-day and strategic corporate and business legal matters, including those pertaining to labor and employment, contracts and vendor relationships and corporate governance.
Represents entrepreneurial start-ups and emerging businesses in connection with entityselection, corporate formation and initial capital raises.
Represents lenders, borrowers and companies seeking capital investment in financing and capital raising transactions, including structuring private placements.
Counsels business owners with respect to succession planning.
Documents financial and loan transactions on behalf of lenders and borrowers.
Handles a wide array of real estate transactions, including the purchase and sale of commercial and industrial real estate and bank-owned REO property, negotiating and drafting commercial, office and industrial leases and like-kind (1031) exchanges.
Drafts estate planning documents, including simple and pour-over wills, health care and property powers of attorney.
Provides counsel on a wide range of employment, human resource, hiring and employee separation issues, including documenting employment relationships, restrictive covenants, phantom equity plans, bonus plans and employee handbooks.
Litigates complex commercial disputes, including those involving restrictive covenants, injunctions, breach of contract, RICO, title insurance, creditors rights.
Counsels business owners relative to application for minority-owned and women-owned business certification.
Negotiates and drafts commercial and residential leases on behalf of landlords and tenants.