Ginsberg Jacobs adds four attorneys to its real estate law group

Chicago-based Ginsberg Jacobs LLC has hired William Choslovsky and Jeffrey M. Friedman as partners, with Choslovsky specializing in litigation and restructuring, and Friedman in corporate and real estate law. James “J.B.” Allen and Jean J. Yoon also have joined the firm as attorneys. Together, the additions reflect Ginsberg Jacobs’ continued expansion as a full-service real estate law firm.

“William brings extensive litigation and bankruptcy restructuring experience to our growing team, while Jeffrey displays an impressive business acumen that complements his legal expertise,” said Steven “Sonny” F. Ginsberg, the firm’s co-founder. “We’re thrilled to welcome these strong client advocates as we strategically expand our suite of legal services.”

Most recently a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP, Choslovsky has more than 20 years of experience as both an accomplished litigator and restructuring lawyer. A big part of Choslovsky’s practice is loss mitigation, through which he helps clients avoid problems that lead to litigation. He appears regularly in state and federal courts, handling all litigation matters, with considerable class action experience. On the restructuring side, Choslovsky represents all parties—debtors, creditors, committees, individuals, trustees and shareholders—in bankruptcy and restructuring cases throughout the country, as well as out-of-court workouts. His clients range from banks, hedge funds and corporations to individuals and family groups.

“William is an expert litigator who has achieved great success by leveraging his negotiation and problem-solving skills to achieve the desired outcomes for his clients,” said Ginsberg. “He is a quick study and skilled legal tactician. His collaborative approach and accomplishments both in and out of the courtroom will prove invaluable as our firm enhances its litigation practice.”

Choslovsky graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He received his juris doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994, and subsequently clerked for two judges—one a state supreme court justice and the other a federal judge.

For close to 20 years, Friedman has advised clients of all sizes on legal and business issues such as capital structure, transaction strategy, corporate governance, strategic planning and real estate investments. At Ginsberg Jacobs, in addition to structuring and representing private equity funds, Friedman will counsel companies through all stages of growth, including negotiating and consummating asset and stock acquisitions, dispositions, mergers and joint ventures.

“We’re excited to be working with an attorney with Jeffrey’s dynamic background,” said Ginsberg. “His experience in taxation and business will benefit clients looking for a competitive edge in financial structuring and the economics of transactions.”

Like Choslovsky, Friedman was previously a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. During his time with the firm, he also served as general counsel to Core Spaces, a real estate company that specializes in acquisition, development and management of urban residential, hospitality and student housing projects. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan; MBA from Stuart School of Business; LL.M. in taxation from New York University and juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Allen has been practicing law for more than 17 years in the areas of commercial real estate and finance law. Prior to joining Ginsberg Jacobs, he practiced at Brown, Udell, Pomerantz & Delrahim Ltd., and also served as general counsel for an environmental consulting firm specializing in brownfield redevelopment. Allen received his bachelor’s degree from Reed College and his juris doctor from the University of Michigan.

Yoon focuses her practice on commercial real estate transactions. Previously, she worked in the in-house legal department for Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd., a major global firm located in Seoul, South Korea. Yoon earned a bachelor’s degree in law at Korea University and a juris doctor from the University of Illinois.