Ehren M. Fournier

Associate

Overview

Every client’s case is a story. As a former storyteller, Ehren Fournier’s goal is to tell that story effectively, compassionately and powerfully. With an undergraduate degree in theatre and eight years of professional acting experience, he uses his legal experience and storytelling history to help clients in eminent domain and condemnation matters, landlord/tenant disputes, and other real estate and construction related matters.

Eminent Domain and Condemnation

Ehren counsels property owners on all aspects of Illinois eminent domain and condemnation matters, including initial case evaluation, negotiating with condemnor state and local governments, working with appraisers, and litigating the eminent domain and condemnation matter in Illinois courts. Ehren has also counseled clients on their rights to obtain relocation assistance under various state and federal laws and regulations.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes and Forcible Entry and Detainer

Ehren represents both commercial landlords and commercial tenants on all aspects of Illinois forcible entry and detainer matters. Ehren has helped clients resolve lease disputes, file and defend against eviction and forcible entry and detainer actions, resolve utility use disputes, negotiate early lease terminations, and litigate eviction and forcible entry and detainer actions in counties throughout Northern Illinois. Ehren has also represented large, single-occupancy tenants in Class A commercial buildings with lease renewal arbitrations and repair disputes.

Other Real Estate Experience

Ehren has represented clients in a variety of other real estate related disputes, including title disputes, trespass, easement negotiations, land use, and property tax appeal and property tax exemption applications.

Construction Experience

Ehren also represents clients in construction contract disputes, including delay claims, extension of time claims, and construction defect claims. Ehren has been a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Construction Law Council since April 2020.

Commercial Litigation

Ehren also counsels clients in general commercial disputes, including breach of contract actions, non-compete agreements, and commercial fraud and commercial tort cases.

Past Life Experience

Prior to attending law school in 2010, Ehren was a theatre professional in Chicago who performed on stage and in commercials, choreographed staged violence and served in a variety of administrative roles in several local theatre companies.

Personal Interests

When not in the office, Ehren can usually be found in his kitchen, at his grill or walking his gluten-intolerant pit bull around Chicago.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Education

University of Chicago Law School
J.D. with honors (2013)

Northwestern University
B.S. in Theatre (2002)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Seventh Circuit Hands Win to Merchants in Data Breach Case
    Author, General Counsel News, June 21, 2018
  • Trumping Traditional Media: First Amendment Considerations for ‘News Outlets’ in the Internet Age
    Co-author, Corporate Counsel, January 12, 2017
  • Opening Up Libel Laws Would Test First Amendment
    Co-author, Law360, November 14, 2016
  • Oncofertility and the Rights to Future Fertility
    Author, JAMA Oncol., January 26, 2016
  • Why The Second Circuit Refuses to Reconsider Its Newman Decision
    Co-author, FINalternatives, April 14, 2015

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Associates' Board of Lawyers for the Creative Arts — 2011-present
  • University of Chicago — Volunteer oral advocacy coach

Honors

  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
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