Erica is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law and has practiced law for more than 35 years. She concentrates her time, talents and passion on assisting clients to be well-informed about their real estate decisions, whether they are buying a home or an investment, as well as helping them get out of debt and to build a solid financial future. Her field of expertise includes the spectrum of conventional and distressed real property issues for both residential and commercial properties, foreclosure defense, short sale transactions, sales out of decedent’s estates and personal and land trusts and counseling her clients in re-establishing their credit and becoming debt free and mortgage free. She also advises investors in need of exit strategies for real estate deals gone sour as well as those who see the current market as a great place to invest, as well as home buyers who are purchasing conventional and distressed real estate. For five years in a row, Erica has been named a Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network and has been named a Super Lawyer for 2017 and 2018, she has an AV Rating from Martindale Hubble from both colleagues and the judiciary. The extent of her mentoring younger attorneys in her areas of concentration as well as marketing and law office management has been acknowledged in the Kathryn Barisa Rinella Mentoring Award, given to her by the Justinian Society of Lawyers. . Erica is actively involved in her community and profession serving as president of the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys (Founder and President), and Illinois State Bar Association Real Estate Section Council (past chair) and the Board of Directors of IRELA. She regularly speaks at continuing legal education programs on real estate issues. Erica is a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie Economic Development Commission. Her business association memberships include the Justinian Society of Lawyers, Small Business Advocacy Council, and Women’s Council of Realtors. She is on the drafting committee for revisions to the Multi-Board Contract. She has maintained her Real Estate License for over 28 years. The mother of two grown children, she has been married for over 34 years to her husband, Jim.