Lenny Asaro partners with real estate stakeholders to resolve disputes, protect their assets and move projects forward. In more than 25 years as a real estate adviser and litigator, Lenny has established himself as a trusted source of business-minded counsel for developers and other entities. He works to defend and advance client interests in matters related to land use and zoning, condemnation/eminent domain, tax increment financing (TIF), acquisitions and dispositions, public-private partnerships, government affairs and redevelopment agreements, annexation, title disputes and real estate valuation disputes. He has handled numerous significant real estate development projects in and around Chicago for governmental, private and public-private partnership entities. He has extensive experience with administrative, legislative and judicial proceedings and processes. And when litigation proves advantageous or unavoidable, Lenny is a skilled courtroom advocate. He has first-chaired hundreds of bench trials and numerous jury trials since 1995, written Illinois appellate and Supreme Court briefs, and argued before the Illinois appellate court on multiple occasions.
Lenny is involved in and committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives at the firm. He is a participant in the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The John Marshall Law School
B.S. in Business Administration (1991)
Insights & Events
- Civility or Incivility? Addressing Behavior
Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois, 2019
- Evidentiary Issues and Valuing and Acquiring Environmentally Contaminated Properties
Author, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, 2009
Leadership & Community
Lenny has assisted not-for-profit pro bono clients on a variety of entity formation and real estate matters. He has assisted individuals and small businesses in underserved communities with respect to business formation and real estate ownership and leasing.
- National Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Chicago Inn of Court
- Foundation for the Educational Development of Children (FEDC) (serving the Leslie Shankman School Corporation, which owns and operates The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School and its sister school, Hyde Park Day School) — Board Member
- Evanston Plan Commission — Past Member