On Neill Jakobe’s first day as the fifth lawyer in a small, temporary office in One South Dearborn, he looked around the space — a floor of hip-hop recording studios, day traders, a modeling agency and a shared assistant named Honey handling it all — and had one question. “What have I done?” he said, laughing.
Smoke billowing from towering stacks along the Chicago River and dotting the lakefront south of downtown have long since been transformed into cliché. The question of what will fill the hundreds of acres left vacant by those never-to-return steel mills and factories is coming into sharper focus as mixed-use developments trying to build on once-industrial land work their way through the city’s approval process.
It all started when Angela Allen came across the blog of Lori Volkman, a West Coast-based attorney who, like Allen, is a lawyer with a husband who is active in the armed services. Through Volkman’s blog, Allen learned about the Military Spouse J.D. Network, a group of law-practicing spouses of active-duty service members.
When John Aramanda went before a small claims judge in Will County, he was worried about being laughed out of the courtroom that typically deals with people fighting over small amounts of money. Bringing an action of replevin for an animal rescue organization’s pit bull was a case the judge had likely never encountered.
"Tired." That’s the word both Cozen O’Connor managing partner Anne Blume and Michael Berger, director of interiors at GREC Architects LLC, used to describe the law firm’s Chicago office before an August rehab. When the staff returned to their space in January, it was different in every way.
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