Thomas Emalfarb

Thomas Emalfarb

Attorney at Law

Highland Park
Licensed in
The John Marshall Law School
I am an attorney specializing in legal compliance, real estate transactions and construction law in Chicago, IL. During my time as an attorney, I have trained, reviewed, and advised numerous businesses regarding legal compliance in the construction industry.
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Emalfarb, Swan & Bain

Associate Attorney

Aug 2010 - Present

Led compliance team to ensure compliance with legal and client requirements for 50 states across the country. Managed outside counsel on various legal matters. Communicated with outside counsel to monitor progress on litigation matters.

Excellent working knowledge on lien compliance, preparation and filing of mechanic liens. Representation of general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in prosecuting, defending against, and resolving claims, including lien claims, bond claims.

Develop strategic analysis around clients’ businesses in order to better serve their needs and compliance.

Strengthen business relationships with clients to create long-term partners.

Subsequent to Orleans Homebuilders, Inc. filing for bankruptcy protection in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court, I obtained a secured creditor status on behalf of a client. Due to the secured creditor status, the client received its full claim amount. Successfully defended and negotiated against demands for return of alleged preferential payments in the same matter.

Successfully defended a lawsuit brought under the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Report where the complaint alleged failure to disclose alleged known material defects.

Completed numerous closings on behalf of the purchaser and seller, as well as an approved title agent for Chicago Title and Proper Title.

Aug 2010 - Present

United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Legal Intern, Appeals and Legal Advisory Division

Feb 2014 - May 2014

Created by the United Nations, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda was established for the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Rwanda between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1994.

Assigned to Augustin Ngirabatware's Disclosure Project. Combed through various evidentiary databases and compiled a list of exculpatory and mitigating evidence. Reviewed case law and incorporated jurisprudence into the United Nations ICTR Digest. Formatted and entered the data into Excel to later be delivered to Augustin Ngirabatware's attorneys.

Feb 2014 - May 2014

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Volunteer Attorney

Aug 2010 - Jan 2014

I have been delivering needed services to Cook County homeowners in crisis as early as possible once the foreclosure process begins.

During the mediation process, I work with lenders to get a loan modification, consent judgment, deed-in-lieu, or other compromise; however, in the event that mediation is unsuccessful, work with lender for a dignified exit for the client.

I have helped families with contested and non-contested divorces.

Aug 2010 - Jan 2014

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