Latimer LeVay Fyock, LLCLatimer LeVay Fyock, LLC
Donald  Levine
Donald  Levine

Donald Levine

Partner312.667.1309dlevine@llflegal.com
  • Biography
  • Credentials
  • Experience

Donald Levine is a partner at the firm and a trusted counselor for individuals and businesses who need candid and clear guidance tailored to accomplish their specific objectives. His clients know that he will not propose a strategy or develop a course of action until he fully understands what they want to achieve, and they understand the relevant issues and options so that they can make informed decisions.

With extensive experience across a broad spectrum of legal disciplines, Donald provides representation suited to almost all of the day-to-day issues and long-term concerns that business owners face, whether they are at the helm of a small, closely-held enterprise or run a Fortune 100 company.

He deftly and efficiently counsels clients on corporate formation and governance, real estate transactions and financing, business acquisitions, employment law, transportation law, and contract development and implementation. A skilled litigator as well as a certified mediator, Donald also represents clients in construction and general commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution forums.

Throughout his career, Donald has earned the trust, confidence, and respect of his many clients and fellow attorneys because of his continued professionalism and adherence to ethical standards. He regularly delivers seminars to bar associations, trade organizations, community groups, and client organizations on a wide range of subjects. Donald is also active in several community and philanthropic endeavors, including serving as president and a member of the Board of Trustees for a large Chicago synagogue and as a participating member on the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the University of Chicago Hospital.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Donald earned his law degree from DePaul University College of Law. When not serving his clients or community, Donald enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. in Psychology
  • Northwestern University, Certified Mediator

Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U. S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • ADR Systems (Certified Mediator)
  • Circuit Court of Cook County (Certified Mediator) 

Experience

As an attorney engaged in private practice in Illinois for many years, Donald has

  • Represented individual and corporate clients at the federal and state level in litigation (both civil and administrative), arbitration and mediation proceedings;

  • He has handled a wide range of commercial transactions, including the sale and acquisition of businesses and real property, and in financial transactions on behalf of both borrowers and lenders and the structuring and negotiating of the relevant documents for these types of transactions. 

  • He has represented clients in sophisticated real estate transactions, including matters related to construction on behalf of buyers, sellers, architects, contractors and developers.

  • He represents Condominium Associations as their general counsel.

  • In addition, he represents clients in transportation (primarily trucking) and logistics matters involving regulatory licensing and resolution of related commercial disputes.

  • In his employment practice, Donald:

    • Has structured, negotiated and documented employment relationships for both employers and employees, including restrictive covenants and employee handbooks and manuals.

    • Implemented employment and human resource policies, procedures and programs, developed and implemented training seminars for employer clients on such topics as avoidance of harassment claims and guidelines for the investigation and resolution of discrimination and/or harassment claims; and

    • Defended numerous clients in federal and state courts and before federal, state and municipal administrative agencies in litigation matters brought against them alleging employment discrimination or harassment.

  • Donald represents design and medical professionals in connection with engagement and or business relationships and been involved in the acquisition and sale of their practices.

  • He provides counsel to members of the clergy, both individually and in group settings, on legal issues and their interaction with religious matters and on a pro bono basis, has acted as a neutral on a confidential basis in a number of disputes involving religious organizations and their respective staff members and/or congregants.

  • He provides guidance and counsel on a pro bono basis to certain charitable and religious organizations on a wide range of matters with which they deal each day.

In addition to his service to clients, Donald has presented numerous seminars to bar associations, trade organizations, community groups and client organizations in areas including:

  • Drafting of Arbitration clauses;

  • Ownership and Management Succession;

  • Benefits and Pitfalls of Employee Handbooks;

  • Privileged Communications;

  • HIPAA and the Clergy;

  • Success Strategies for owners of Privately Held Businesses;

  • Recognizing and Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, and

  • Business Owners and the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act.

Donald’s Community Service involvement includes:

  • Serving as an active member on the Board of Trustees of a large Chicago area conservative synagogue where he served a term as its President;

  • Served as President of a large Condominium Association in the Chicago area.

  • Serving as a participating member on a Patient and Family Advisory Council at the University of Chicago Hospital.