Background: Multi-faceted attorney skilled at crafting innovative solutions to complex and contentious problems. A skilled strategist with a proven record of effectively combining legal acumen and persuasive communication. Proficient in the courtroom and in the boardroom. History of cultivating and nurturing enduring relationships.
Seasoned attorney and public official with extensive experience blending legal know how and financial acumen. Record of representing more than 60 corporations, 35 banks, associations and numerous government clients, providing business transaction expertise and services. Also experienced with labor, licensing, leasing, bankruptcy, and real estate law.
Association Forum of Chicago, "Community Service Award", 2003, NIU College of Law, "Distinguished Service Award", 1998, Hellenic Bar Association, "Hellene of the Year", 1997.
Admitted to Practice: Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court.
Bar Memberships: American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Education: JD, Northern Illinois University, College of Law, 1978. MBA, Management and Finance, Northern Illinois University, 1974. BA, Accounting and Finance, Elmhurst College, 1969.
His practice focuses on business organizations, associations and business transactions, assisting his clients with their needs for corporate, government and financial legal services. Many of his clients are private corporations. In addition, he has a good many public sector clients where his political and local government relationships also generate business transaction revenue. Much of his involvement with banks and finance is integrated into his corporate practice. He has considerable expertise with professional associations. An overview of his experience includes the following:
Partner/Principal, Apostol & Kowal, Ltd., 4/06 to present. Represent corporate clients in government, management, financial, real estate and litigation services.
Commissioner, Illinois Court of Claims, 9/03 to 8/08. Appointed by the Governor of Illinois to adjudicate complaints against the State of Illinois in contract and tort cases. Preside over evidentiary hearings and prepare legal opinions and recommendations for final disposition of each case.
Partner/Principal, Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., 1/05 to 3/06. Represented corporate and government clients. Recognized expert in corporate, real estate, tax, healthcare, association law and the management of financially related issues and services.
Of Counsel, Freeborn & Peters LLP, 6/02 to 1/05. Represent corporate and government clients. Recognized expert in corporate, banking, real estate, tax, association and probate law and the management of financially related issues and services. Represent numerous corporate clients and government clients at the county, state and federal levels.
Partner, Athas, Apostol , Kowal & Reardon, Chtd., 4/95 to 5/02. Expanded practice to include association law, education law, copyright and licensing. Represented numerous school districts in Illinois. Also, successfully represented corporate clients in licensing matters before multiple city, state, and county government agencies.
Public Administrator of Cook County, 6/91 to 8/03. Appointed by the Governor of Illinois. Directed the litigation and management of over 2,000 cases. Worked as primary fiduciary with 30 banks in Cook County investing over $100 million in estate assets. Reduced processing time by 50% by automating all manual systems and re-staffing with IT proficient employees. Administered over 2000 estates and developed business plan resulting in 30% faster estate closings, increasing county revenues by over $2,000,000.
Partner, Grabowski, Apostol & Associates, Ltd., 9/80 to 3/94. Managed complex legal matters pertaining to corporate, real property and labor law. Also, represented individual clients in the areas of estates and trusts and real estate.
Special Counsel, American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2003 to 2007. Chief Operating Officer, 1983 to 2003. Chicago, Illinois Washington, DC. Plan and direct all financial, administrative, governmental and legal activities for a large national medical society consisting of 151,000 physicians, medical technologists and other laboratory professionals.
Director of Administration & Counsel, American Marketing Association, 1978 to 1982, Chicago, Illinois. Responsible for the legal, financial and management affairs of large international professional marketing association to which virtually every Fortune 500 company has membership.
Director of Business Services, Oakton Community College, 1977 to 1978, Des Plaines, Illinois.
Assistant Director, Business Services, Arlington Heights Public Schools, 1975/1977, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Corporate Internal Auditor, Household International Corporation, 1974, Des Plaines, Illinois.
Business Manager, Lou Mitchell's, Inc., 1971 to 1973, Chicago, Illinois.
Counselor and Teacher, Chicago Public School System, 1969 to 1973, Chicago, Illinois.
Director, Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board, 9/08 to present. Appointed by the Governor
Commissioner to Illinois Court of Claims, 9/03 to 8/08. Appointed by the Governor
Public Administrator of Cook County, Cook County, Illinois, 6/91 to 8/03. Appointed by the Governor
Committee Member, Chicago Sister Cities International Program, 4/98 to present. Appointed by the Mayor of Chicago.
Advisor, Clerk of the Circuit Court, 8/04 to present. Appointed Chair of the Attorney Advisory Committee by Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.